July 2, 2017 REWARD!

REWARDS!

In Revelation 22.12, Jesus says: “My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.” [“His” does not exclude women; Genesis 1.27.] He is not condoning a “works salvation”; see John 6.47. Rather, Jesus is restating what He stated at the beginning of His Earthly ministry: Matthew 6.10 described in Matthew 10.7-8 and illustrated in Luke 10.1-19; commissioned to us in John 17.18; which Paul summarizes in Ephesians 2.10, John in 1 John 3.8b, Luke in Acts 10.38, and Solomon in Proverbs 8.13. Jesus illustrates this in His Parable of the Talents; see Matthew 25.14-30, especially verses 21 and 23. How are Jesus’ words like those of God in Revelation 21.7: “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son’”?

A. Overcomes

  1. The Greek word for this in the New Testament is found in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, number g3528, and means (in order of use) overcome (NKJV), conquer (NASB, ESV), and prevail. The Amplified Bible uses victorious.
  2. John MacArthur illustrates using 1 John 5.4 (Amp: “this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.”) and 13 (Amp: “I am writing to you, young men, because you have been victorious over the wicked [one].”) where “[t]he victory is demonstrable; it involves overthrowing an enemy so that the victory is seen by all” (MacArthur Study Bible Notes). [Reminds of Paul’s protocol in 1 Corinthians 2.4-5.]
  3. Jesus has John (Revelation 1.1) use the term for encouraging Christians in the churches of Revelation 2-3; specifically Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26, 3:5, 12, 21.

We overcome “by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of [our] testimony” (Revelation 12.11), which word is “Jesus” (Philippians 2.9-11; John 17.6, 12)!

B. Inherit All Things

  1. That’s a broad statement if we understand it the same as in John 14.26, where the Holy Spirit is introduced as the Conduit of “the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world” (John 1.9, about the Word that took on flesh, verse 14).
  2. In The Word of God and The Mind of Man, Dr. Ronald H. Nash writes:

After John describes Jesus as the cosmological Logos, he presents Him as the epistemological Logos. John declares that Christ was “the true light that enlightens every man” (John 1.9). In other words, the epistemological Logos is not only the mediator of divine special revelation (John 1.14). He is also the ground of all human knowledge. (P. 67)

  1. Apostle Paul describes this in 1 Corinthians 13.12: “then I shall know just as I also am known.” Will we, then, also have wisdom like Solomon to answer any question that someone might ask (1 Kings 10.3)?
  2. Because Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would abide with us “forever” (John 14.16-17), He will be with us eternally in Heaven and give us all the understanding of knowledge leading to wisdom that we need (John 16.15)!
  3. We inherit all knowledge to enjoy the New Heavens and the New Earth with Jesus! Our Nature of Reality will be comprehensive: all aesthetic beauty of sight and sound; all interaction with angels and metaphysical beings; all epistemological knowledge of skills and abilities needed in the New Earth and New Heaven; and will practice all ethics of righteousness.

C. God to me

  1. God says, “I will be…God” to the Raptured person (Revelation 21.7).
  2. This was His promise to Abraham in Genesis 17.7: “‘And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.’”
  3. Paul writes that we are descendants of Abraham because of our faith in Jesus; see Galatians 3.29. We are the present generation of Abraham’s descendants!
  4. Note that God says that this is an everlasting covenant! So, all the descriptive additions to Jehovah- that we have or have not enjoyed on Earth become our permanent reality to be enjoyed in the New Earth!

D. So

  1. First Timothy 6.12: “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
  2. Ephesians 6.10-11: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
  3. James 4.7: “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
  4. Romans 12.21: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

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