If God saved us by His grace (i.e., unmerited favor), then why would He make us earn eternal rewards for serving Him?
(This post is part of a series on eternal rewards.)
The Bible makes clear that God gives rewards, both in an earthly sense and in an eternal sense, but it’s equally important to understand that our salvation is never called a “reward” in Scripture. Our salvation is only by faith alone in Christ alone and never by our works:
Titus 3:4-7 (NKJV)
4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. eternal rewards
Ephesians 2:8-10 (NKJV)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Nonetheless, having saved us, God, then calls us to perform good works (Ephesians 2:10). It is for such works that we will be rewarded. In fact, God encourages us to work for such rewards or “treasures:” eternal rewards
Matthew 6:19-21 (NKJV)
Lay Up Treasures in Heaven
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Therefore, not only is it biblical for Christians to do good works with an eye toward heavenly rewards, it is God’s will for us to do so. eternal rewards
“The author’s biblical interpretations and conclusions presented in this document rely on original teaching used by permission of Verse By Verse Ministry International (VBVMI). The author’s views may not represent the views of VBVMI, it’s Directors or staff. Original VBVMI teaching may be found at http://www.vbvmi.org.”
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