(Ephesians 2:8-9 – “8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.)
SAINTS when God states to “be Holy as I am Holy”, if the SAINTS mistake this for meaning that WE are counting on a measure of Holiness that WE can obtain outside of Christ or in addition to what Jesus Christ has provided already, then WE are in danger of wearing the wrong wedding attire here; those who God foreknew, the same he predestined, called, justified and will glorify!!! (Romans 8:29); pertaining to OUR salvation Jesus Christ has covered the full cost of the penalty of sin and the SAINTS’ Holiness, Righteousness and Good standing before God is derived directly from being found in the Lord and having the Lord’s robe of righteousness adorned on US!!! In reference to Rewards and Crowns, now this is where the actions of the SAINTS are very relevant, Amen and Amen… PREACH!!!
1st Peter 1:16 – “for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
Ephesians 1:4 – “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:”
1st Corinthians 1:30 – “You are partners with Christ Jesus because of God. Jesus has become our wisdom sent from God, our righteousness, our holiness, and our ransom from sin.”
Isaiah 61:10 – “I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
Mathew 22:12 -“He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.”
Romans 8:29 – “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”
——————CROWNS IN HEAVEN – REWARD FOR THE FAITHFUL
“The Bible speaks of the rewards of faithful Christians as their crowns, as may be seen in the following passages: And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible (I Corinthians 9:25). For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? (I Thessalonians 2:19)
Five crowns mentioned in Scripture :The Incorruptible Crown Faithfulness in self-control And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight 1, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway (I Corinthians 9:25-27).
The Crown of Rejoicing Faithfulness in Service For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming (I Thessalonians 2:19).. . . my joy and crown . . . (Philippians 4:1). The only reward that approaches success.
The Crown of Righteousness Faithfulness in Testimony I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing (II Timothy 4:7,8).Not fruit, but faithfulness.
The Crown of Glory Faithfulness in Tending Those Entrusted to you Feed the flock of God which is among you . . . Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away (I Peter 5:2-4).Glory is an attribute of God.
The Crown of Life Faithfulness in Temptation Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him (James 1: 12).The believer’s crowns will be given at Christ’s judgement seat (Bema). For we must all appear before the judgement 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).
The Bema Judgement The purpose of the Bema judgement is not to determine whether a particular individual enters Heaven or not, for every man’s eternal destiny is already determined before he leaves this life. In addition, the purpose of the Bema judgement is not to punish believers for sins committed either before or after their salvation. The Scriptures are very clear that no child of God will have to answer for his sins after this life (see Psalm 103:10-12; Isaiah 38:17; Isaiah 44:22; Micah 7:19; Hebrews 8:12; 1 John 1:7).
The purpose of the Bema judgement is to determine whether or not a believer has been a faithful steward. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful (I Corinthians 4:2). With the subject of stewardship in mind, all stewards (believers) will stand before their Lord and Master and be required to give an account of the way they have used their privileges and responsibilities (talents and abilities) from the moment of their conversion (THE KING IS COMING, H. L. Willmington, pp. 23-25).”