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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Judgment and Rewards, #13
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. (II Corinthians 5:10)
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. (Revelation 22:12)
We can think of the Kingdom of God in terms of the rewards that are named in the New Testament. The concept of judgment is related to rewards because we will be rewarded in terms of God's evaluation of our behavior.
". . . that every one may receive the things done in his body, . . . ."
". . . to give every man according as his work shall be."
Also, the concept of the resurrection from the dead is involved, because what we have attained of the Kingdom of God during our life on earth will be given to us at the time of the resurrection from the dead.
Many rewards for serving Christ faithfully are mentioned in the New Testament. One set of rewards is found in the Book of Revelation. They are the rewards that are attained, or arrived at, by the overcomer.
The rewards given to the overcomer, as we understand them, are increments of resurrection life until we attain the fullness of life; the fullness of reconciliation to God through Christ; the fullness of freedom from Satan; the fullness of boldness in the Day of Judgment; the fullness of the spiritual counterpart of the Old Testament feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:34), that is, to be filled with all the fullness of God.
To attain resurrection life fully is to arrive at the first resurrection from among the dead, the resurrection in which all judgment has been accomplished and the perfection of the Divine Life and Glory can be revealed in us. It is the fullness of the indwelling of the Father in Christ in us through the fullness of the Holy Spirit. The first resurrection of the dead will take place at the coming of the Lord from Heaven.
The following list includes some of the rewards to the overcomer that are set forth in the Book of Revelation:
To eat of the tree of life that is in the midst of the Paradise of God (2:7). To be given the crown of life (2:10). To not be hurt of the second death (2:11). To eat of the hidden manna (2:17). To be given a white stone on which is inscribed a new name (2:17). To be given power over the nations (2:26,27). To be given the morning star (2:28). To walk with Christ in white (3:4). To be clothed in white raiment (3:5). To not have one's name blotted out of the Book of Life (3:5). To have one's name confessed before the Father and His angels (3:5). To be kept from the hour of temptation (3:10). To become a pillar in the Temple of God (3:12). To have inscribed on one's self the name of God; the name of the city of God; the new name of Christ (3:12). To sit with Christ in His throne (3:21). To inherit all things (21:7). To have God be one's God, and to be God's son (21:7).
To be continued.