We frequently converse of a heavenly reward. It’s often stated in relation to the phrase “you can’t take it with you.” The “it” on this case is all of the stuff we acquire in life. Our houses, automobiles, garments, devices, toys… even our cash.
These things is stuff we gather, gather, and hoard. A few of us make a recreation of it, in search of to get greater than anybody else. I assume that is the aim; to have probably the most.
However guess what: you possibly can’t take all that stuff with you. And guess what: God does not have a special reward for whoever will get probably the most stuff whereas on earth.
That does not imply, although, that there isn’t any such factor as heavenly reward. Let’s speak about that more in relation to Edwards 22nd resolution.
- 1 Jonathan Edwards Decision 22
- 2 You Can’t Take It With You
- 3 Salvation, Works, and Heavenly Reward
- 4 Are there Levels of Heavenly Reward?
- 5 Matthew 16:27 – Compensation for Deeds?
- 6 Jonathan Edwards Theology of Inequality
- 7 Earthly Reward and The way it Pertains to Heavenly Reward
- 8 Related 1Glories Posts
Jonathan Edwards Decision 22
22. Resolved, to endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness, in the other world, as I probably can, with all the facility; may, vigor, and vehemence, yea violence, I am able to, or can deliver myself to exert, in any approach that may be thought of.
Edwards’ Resolution #22 (in my modernized language)
To quest for the broadest capacity of heavenly reward attainable by faithfully serving God.
I have to admit, this decision is troublesome to think about. I’ve all the time considered admittance into heaven because the reward unto itself. By no means did I contemplate there to be ranges of reward. And, as soon as I did, I needed to marvel if this decision is egocentric in ambition.
Plus, there’s the notion of violence in pursuit of it. What? That is really sounding irrational and counter to all I had considered heavenly reward and Christian dwelling.
You Can’t Take It With You
So let’s start with the apparent: You’ll be able to’t take it with you. If ever there were question concerning the stuff you accumulate, Matthew 6:20 specifically tells us the difference between heavenly and earthly rewards.
“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal” – Matthew 6:20 NIV
The material rewards on earth are usually not eternal. They crumble, fade, and could be taken. Clearly, then, the “reward in heaven” for each of us who is saved is the everlasting prize for which we aspire. Because of this, Jesus gave us a command to not forsake heavenly reward by looking for worldly fruits. Stuff.
Briefly, the stuff you purchase whereas on Earth is momentary, and cannot be taken with you. So it’s not likely a reward in mild of eternity.
Salvation, Works, and Heavenly Reward
Salvation is by grace. And by grace alone. There isn’t a work you or I can do to earn our methods into heaven.
As Christians, this is one thing most of us usually agree and perceive. But, our works on Earth are necessary. Jesus speaks by means of the Apostle John about that importance:
We must work the works of him who sent me while it’s day; night time is coming, when nobody can work. As long as I’m on the earth, I’m the light of the world.” – John 9:4-5 ESV.
Likewise, within the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus stated Heaven will probably be a place where rewards are given to the saved.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” – Matthew 5:11-12 NIV
Are there Levels of Heavenly Reward?
Sure, scripture presents the thought of heavenly reward. I’ve struggled with the idea of levels of reward, although. But, Edwards clearly states his resolve to get as a lot as attainable.
He clearly did consider in various levels of heavenly reward. For extra on that, maintain studying. I additionally urge you to analysis Jonathan Edwards on The Portion of the Righteous.
One scripture used to recommend the heaven-bound could have varying degrees of reward in heaven is Luke 15:6-7.
“I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” – Luke 15:7 NIV
The advocate for levels of heavenly reward will say this verse serves as evidence. Using the phrase “joy” is usually recommended as a metaphor for reward.” As such, we’d interpret this as one will experience kind of pleasure/reward.
The opposition although, seems more into the passages totality. This passage is the parable of the misplaced sheep. Previous verses exhibit the great shepherd leaving his flock of 99 to seek out the one misplaced sheep and returning it to the flock.
The “reward” that’s gained on this case is a feeling of pleasure. The joy is experienced by those who discovered the misplaced sheep and those that welcome the return of their lost cohort. Why? Because the unity of the flock is purpose for celebration and rejoicing. Perhaps one may really feel a better degree of pleasure than others, however a better reward?
On the floor, I don’t consider so. But it might in truth be the case. Extra on that in a second.
Matthew 16:27 – Compensation for Deeds?
One other verse used to help the assumption of varying degrees of heavenly reward is Matthew 16:27.
For the Son of Man goes to return in his Father’s glory together with his angels, and then he’ll reward each individual in line with what they’ve carried out. – Matthew 16:27 NIV
Of this verse, J. Warner Wallace says,
“This statement is so clear and direct it can hardly be argued. Jesus promised to “repay each person according to what he has done” (ESV). Think about it for a minute. If Jesus isn’t telling us God dispenses truthful and just rewards (and punishments) in the next life, what on the earth does this passage imply?”
Once more, on the floor, it’s very straightforward to agree with the clear-cut interpretation.
How others interpret Matthew 16:27?
Matthew Henry: “The rewarding of men according to their works is deferred till that day. Here good and evil seem to be dispensed promiscuously; we see not apostasy punished with immediate strokes, nor fidelity encouraged with immediate smiles, from heaven; but in that day all will be set to rights. Therefore judge nothing before the time…”
Matthew Poole: “This verse makes it plain, that our Saviour by such in the former verse understood the soul of man, or eternal life, that blessed state which is prepared for the saints of God; for he here minds them that there shall be a last judgment, and gives them a little description of it… Not according to his faith, but works, for faith without works is dead; but these works must spring out of a root of faith, without which it is impossible to please God. He shall reward him, by a reward of grace, not of debt, Romans 4:4. Works shall be rewarded, but not as with a penny for a pennyworth, but of grace.”
John MacArthur: “On the day of judgment, every man will be judged on the basis of his deeds. It is not that deeds are the means of salvation, which is by grace through faith alone. But a person’s outward deeds are the surest evidence of his inward spiritual condition. People are best known by their fruits, Jesus said (Matt. 7:16). James declared that ‘faith, if it has no works, is dead’ (James 2:17).”
Jonathan Edwards Theology of Inequality
I spent weeks learning, researching, praying and pondering this submit. In many ways, I burdened over it. Agonized over it, even. Later in my efforts, I discovered of Jonathan Edwards “Degrees of Glory” and his Theology of Inequality. I can’t share the totality of it right here. A few of the reasoning for that is because I in all probability don’t absolutely understand all of it myself. What I can share, although, is that Edwards bases much of its argument on three passages; Luke 19:13-19; 2 Corinthians 4:17-18; Ephesians 6:8. I highly encourage you to provide these a learn and ponder on your own.
In a sentence or two, Edwards believed that all of us might be 100% completely satisfied when in Heaven. That’s pretty cool. Nevertheless, there might be various degrees of capacity for happiness. Here’s a simple metaphor to think about:
I not often buy fountain drinks at service stations, however I lately did so as a result of I received a coupon for a free one among any measurement. Once I went in to pick my drink, I was astounded to see that the most important choice was not 32 ounces. It wasn’t even 48 ounces. No, the most important cup was 64 ounces. In my analysis, I discovered that 7-Eleven even gives 128 ouncesbuckets… I imply cups.
Think about that! Various sizes of cups. Every has a various capability to hold totally different levels of soda. And each may be 100% full although all don’t maintain equal amounts.
In a lot the same method, Edwards believed we might be 100% full of pleasure… some will just have bigger capacities.
Earthly Reward and The way it Pertains to Heavenly Reward
Having agonized over this publish as much as I’ve – maybe greater than I have another, I’ve a number of conclusions as I proceed to seek answers. No, our works don’t grant us salvation. Yes, the saved will probably be 100% crammed with happiness when in heaven. Sure, there are varying ranges of reward in Heaven. And yes, our works DO have something to do with the capacity for it.
Our works and deeds exhibit the inner-working of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Typically we see our obligations on earth as a burden. Nevertheless, God, who gave us our each talent and means, rewards us with the duty of utilizing them. In so doing, we achieve our sense of our worth and significance. Though not motivated of delight, there’s a filling with satisfaction and value.
Whether or not on earth, as it’s to be in heaven, the rewards will not be of gold, cash, jewels, or stuff. The token trophy we get isn’t the reward. It’s a mere representation of the true reward — specifically the experiences of achievements whereas earning it. Similarly, the rewards we achieve in heaven, no matter their degree, might be valuable because they symbolize the beneficiant and loving use our God-given talents and our pleasing relationship with God our creator.
Our capacity for Heavenly reward represents the achievement of our earthly tales, the rewards of which can deliver everlasting happiness to ourselves and to our God.
And that, associates, is something we will take with us.
You divulge to me the trail of life;
you’ll fill me with pleasure in your presence,
with everlasting pleasures at your proper hand.
– Psalm 16:11