The Things that Will Last

February 19, 2010 at 9:02 am | Posted in Eternity | 4 Comments
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Those who have been once saved by Christ Jesus will not be judged for their sins, but all men will one day stand before the Lord in judgment. If not for sins, then for what shall true Christians be judged? They shall be judged for their works. (See I Corinthians 3:13 and II Corinthians 5:10).

Knowing that this day is coming, we who are the children of God through the new birth would be very wise to watch how we live, and what we do.

Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.

II John, Verse 8

Earthly, temporal works earn earthly, temporal rewards. But faithful works which promote and build the Kingdom of God bring about full and eternal rewards.

Temporary Wealth Vs. Eternal Wealth

April 13, 2009 at 8:34 am | Posted in Eternity | 16 Comments
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It is a simple fact that the Apostles were not wealthy when it came to currency or worldly possessions. However, they recognized that whatever they had belonged to God, and they were willing and enthusiastic about sharing it with others (Acts 3:6).

Keeping this in mind, we understand that Christians today are not forbidden from being wealthy. In fact, 21st Century American Christians for the most part enjoy an embarrassment of worldly riches. A short visit to any Third World impoverished community would quickly verify this.

It is possible to be a wealthy Christian, but the Bible contains warnings for those who are blessed by God with worldly riches. First, they are to recognize the difference between earthly riches, which are temporary, and true “riches,” which are eternal. Second, they must remember that there is a high calling upon their life to distribute what God has given, and to communicate with those whom God wants to bless through them.

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate.

II Timothy 6:17-18

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