Christian Lifestyle: Can We Determine a Person’s Salvation?

Christian LifestyleMany people live lives that don’t appear to be a Christian lifestyle. Are we able to determine whether people are saved or lost upon their death?

We are in no position to assess someone’s state of heart nor their destination upon death. A person may be a believer, who rebelled against the Lord in a severe and lasting way. If so, then that person was welcomed into the Lord’s presence in the manner Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 3:  Christian Lifestyle Continue reading

Parables of The Talents & Minas & Eternal Rewards

Eternal RewardsThe parable of the Talents in Matthew 25 and the parable of the Minas in Luke 19 seem so similar, and yet many details don’t line up. Are they teaching about the same thing or different things about Eternal Rewards?

(This post is part of a series on Eternal Rewards.)

Both the parable of the Talents and the parable of the Minas teach that believers (i.e., the slaves) are called to serve Christ (i.e., the master) in His absence, and upon His return, Jesus will reward us. As you observed, the parables are not identical, because they are teaching two different aspects of the Kingdom reward system. Continue reading

Explain the “5 Crowns” described in the Bible?

5 crownsDo we receive 5 Crowns in Heaven? Are these “Crowns” our eternal reward for our service to Christ?

(This is part of our series on Eternal Rewards.)


Scripture describes our eternal rewards in terms of inheritance and responsibility. These rewards are symbolized in Scripture as crowns. Since we do not receive our actual rewards, it seems we are awarded crowns as tokens of our reward for the time we spend in the throne room awaiting Christ’s Second Coming to earth to establish His Kingdom. The Bible says these crowns will be our badges of honor reflecting glory upon Christ, Who worked through us to achieve the good works if our life. We will acknowledge His sovereignty by casting our crowns at His feet while we worship Him in Heaven:   5 crowns Continue reading

When will we receive our eternal rewards?

eternal rewardsDo we receive our eternal rewards when we die, or do we need to wait until after Tribulation?

(This post is part of a series on eternal rewards.)

All believers will receive their heavenly rewards at the judgment seat of Christ, which occurs in conjunction with the resurrection of the church (sometimes called the Rapture). Paul describes this moment in 1 Thessalonians: Continue reading