Are Eternal Rewards Biblical?

eternal rewardsIf 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: Continue reading

Eternal Rewards in Heaven

rewards in HeavenSome religions believe that there are different levels of rewards in Heaven. Can you explain further?

In general, while many false religions teach “reward systems” of one kind or another, they differ fundamentally from the Bible’s teaching on eternal rewards. The key differences between Christianity and false religions are in who gains rewards and what the rewards are. rewards in Heaven

In false religions, the “unsaved” are competing to receive the reward of heaven (or a level of heaven). In their view, greater works result in a better chance at entering heaven or at achieving a better level of heaven, while a failure to do sufficient good works results in loss of salvation and damnation. So these false systems teach that works are a means to salvation.  rewards in Heaven

The Bible teaches that only those who are already assured heaven (i.e., “saved”) can earn rewards, and the reward we earn is not entranced into heaven or better heaven, but the opportunity for greater responsibility serving in Christ’s government with an inheritance (i.e., land) in His kingdom. So in Christianity, only the saved can “compete” for rewards, since the Lord does not offer salvation on the basis of works. Instead, He grants salvation to those who by faith trust in the work of Jesus Christ. Faith alone is our means to heaven. For those who are already saved, works are a means of pleasing the Lord Who has promised rewards for our service. rewards in Heaven

The Bible says these crowns will be our badges of honor reflecting glory upon Christ, Who worked through us to achieve the good works in our life.

To get up to speed on this important area of Biblical truth, please read the following series of posts:  rewards in Heaven

1. Are eternal rewards biblical?

2. What does God base our eternal rewards?

3. How are eternal rewards conditional?

4. How will God judge our works?

5. When will we receive our eternal rewards?

6. Explain the “5 Crowns” described in the Bible?

7. Understanding our Eternal Rewards through the Parables about talents & minas.

Who is the Author of the Book of Hebrews?

Author of the Book of Hebrews?The Book of Hebrews has many references to the Old Testament. Many suggest Paul wrote Hebrews. Are there any clues as to who might be the author of the book of Hebrews?

The author of Hebrews is unknown. As early as 255 AD, church leaders concluded the author of the book was unknown. Some speculate it was Paul, and from 400-1600 AD the Roman church declared the letter to be the Epistle of Paul to the Hebrews. The writer has a firm grasp of the Old Testament pictures of Christ, and he has an in-depth understanding of the Jewish culture, sacrificial system, law, prophets, Old Testament scripture, etc. Even the closing of the letter sounds a little like Paul and mentions Timothy, a protegé of Paul. Continue reading