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1 Corinthians 3:10 - 15
ESV - 10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
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Matthew 19:27. Then Peter said, Look we have left everything and followed you. What are we to have then? Vs. 28 Jesus said to them, In truth I tell you when everything is made New again and the Son of man is seated on His throne of glory, you yourselves will sit on twelve thrones to judge the twelve tribes of Israel. We as Christians work, because we have been given the gift of faith, and have received salvation by Grace. 1 Corinthians 3:15 The one whose work stands up to it will be given his wages.. reward There are 5 crowns we may receive: 1 Corinthians 9:24, 25 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an incorruptible crown. 1Thessalonians 2:19, 20. For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For you are our glory and joy. James 1:12. Blessed is the man who endures temptation for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 2Timothy 4:8 Finally there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. 1Peter 5:4. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. Crowns are given for faithfulness in trials, for witnessing, to martyrs, to those who watch and wait, those who live good lives, and to those who lead succesfully. (Pastors)
This is such an important question. Salvation is a free gif of God for all that have trusted Jesus as their only savior. Those that have become a child of God through the new birth when we first trusted Jesus as our savior. That is when we received the free gift of eternal life, all of our sins have been paid for, and the Spirit of God is given to us. Ephesians 1:13 Once we have received the Holy Spirit we are saved and are given eternal life without works. Jesus paid it all and we paid 0. After we have received the free gift of eternal life, our works count toward our rewards in heaven. Never toward our salvation as Jesus paid for that. We must never get those two mixed up. Romans 11:6 What did Jesus tell us to do? He told us to love God and our neighbor. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. All of us are given a different life. How we handle what we have been given will have some effect on how we are rewarded in heaven. We are saved by grace, without works, so no one can boast and say I earned my way to heaven. But we earn rewards by how we live after we have received the free gift of salvation by grace. As it says in Romans 4:1-2 If Abraham were justified by works, he would have something to glory in, but not before God. It is very easy for unbelievers to believe they are justified by works rather than grace. And we can justify our selves before men by our works, but not before God. We can only be justified by faith without works before God. Jesus has paid for all our sins and we are made a child of God through Him who loved us and gave His life a ransom for us. We are saved by grace without works, then do good works because we are saved, not to save us. Those that are trusting in their works are not saved. If we could be saved by works, then Jesus died for no reason. But He did not die in vain, He came to save sinners which we all are because in our flesh there is no good thing. But all of those that have trusted Jesus blood sacrifice for all sin, are saved and have eternal life. We have nothing to boast in but the cross. First John 5:13 John 6:40 tells us what the will of God is, And this is the will of Him that sent me, that every one who seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life, and I will raise him up at the last day. So after we have received the free gift of salvation by grace, we do good works to earn rewards in heaven. Heaven is the reward for our faith, not our works.
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