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Prayer: "Dear Heavenly Father - Help me to understand that salvation is entirely free; provided by the Grace of God. But if I am to receive rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ, I must earn them now in this life. Help me to live my Christian life in such a way that I'll have some rewards waiting for me in Heaven. Thank you Lord. Amen."
Review "Points to Remember" for Lessons 12, 13, 14.
Do the test for Lesson 14.
Review all scripture verses for lessons 1-15.
Write from Memory the verse for lesson 14.
Read the Memory verse 5 times.
(I Cor. 3:8):
"Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour."
A "gift" is something you receive for free and is an expression of love - you cannot buy it or work for it. If you did that, it wouldn't be a gift.
A "reward" must be merited in some way. It is somewhat like wages. Wages are earned and received for services rendered here and now.
Christians will receive rewards or suffer loss in Heaven according to how they have lived their lives down here on earth. Remember, the Judgment Seat of Christ studied in the last lesson?
The Christian is told to do all things heartily as unto the Lord "knowing that of the Lord shall receive the reward of his inheritance." Col. 3:24
There are many. many blessings and benefits we receive now, as we live for, and serve the Lord. Actually if there were no Hell to shun or Heaven to gain, the Christian life is still the happiest, most worthwhile, fulfilling life to live.
The rewards we are studying about here, will
be given in the future. Every Christian should strive to win them. In fact,
your whole future for eternity depends on how we live now. "If we
suffer with Him, we shall also reign with Him." II Tim. 2:12 As someone
has said, "Our mansion up there will be according to the materials we
There will be thousands of Christians who will be ashamed when they stand before Christ, and will receive no rewards, because their works down here do not merit them. All our works will be tried by fire. Only gold, silver and precious stones remain. Review lesson 15.
There are (5) five crowns spoken of in the scriptures
that a Christian can receive from God if he meets the conditions. The
rewards and crowns can be won or lost, the choice is ours.
(1) The Crown of Rejoicing.
I Thess. 2:19 - This crown is given to those who win souls to Christ; by preaching the Gospel; Living a Godly Life; Praying for souls to be saved; Giving financially for the spreading of the Gospel, etc., etc.
God knows each ones part in each soul that is saved. Prov. 11:30 - “He that winneth souls is wise.”
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