What standard does God use to determine our eternal reward? Is it based on our good works or our holiness?
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: Continue reading
Some 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