reply to post by EnochWasRight
If we desire good, but only for the reward, then we are of a double mind. We are really after the reward. If the reward was taken away, would we still
seek good. When planning our upbringing as children, how has God accomplished this free from duplicity, yet still handing our reward for good work?
If we desire good, but only to avoid punishment, then we are again of a double mind. The same questions and answer apply. We are really doing it to
avoid pain. Again, how has God accomplished punishment, yet avoided the creation of duplicity? The key is found in Galatians 3. Galatians 3 3 You
foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just one
thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of
the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? 4 Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? 5 So again I ask,
does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? 6 So also Abraham “believed
God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” ---Here, where does the credit come from? Works or faith?
Hi EWR, I feel you have posted these segments and more based upon misinterpreting my statements of Reward for righteousness (and applying them in
context to operating under a Law of OT based works to reach the Mansions). IF so, I express such was not my intention at all and I added to my post
prior and now here to further clarify for this very reason as I have been associated falsely in that bearing before. I applied my comments within
adherence to scripture----and in such, I will apply the Word to testify in furtherance.
Some scriptures on Reward for Good measure in clarity.
"Jesus Said That There Are Rewards in Heaven
Jesus specifically told us that Heaven is a place where Rewards will be given to the saved. Look at Jesus’ words from the most important sermon
Jesus ever gave (the Sermon on the Mount):
“Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me. Rejoice, and be
glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. When
therefore you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honored by
men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing that
your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. And when you pray, you are not to be as the hypocrites; for they love
to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners, in order to be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But
you, when you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in
secret will repay you.”
“And whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance in order to be seen fasting by men.
Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face so that you may not be seen fasting
by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.”
For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and will then recompense every man according to his deeds.
1 Corinthians 3:11-15
For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver,
precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the
fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward. If any
man’s work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire.
James 2:14-26 (KJV)
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?15 If a brother or sister be naked, and
destitute of daily food,16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which
are needful to the body; what doth it profit?17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.19 Thou
believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed
God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not
by faith only.25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?26
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
“And those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the
stars forever and ever.”
2 John 4-10
I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth, just as we have received commandment to do from the Father. And now I ask you, lady,
not as writing to you a new commandment, but the one which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk
according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it. For many deceivers have
gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves,
that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching
of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.
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