The What, Why, When And Where Of Eternal Rewards (1 of 3) by Stan Coffey

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The What, Why, When and Where of Eternal Rewards (1 of 3)
Stan Coffey
Luke 14:10-14
March 9, 2003

Well we have an exciting lesson today and I'm so glad that all of you have joined us for this lesson. We're going to be talking in lesson two in the series "A Life God Rewards" about the what, why, when and where of eternal rewards. Let's recall last Sunday in lesson one that we talked about the two keys to life. Then we talked about the six main events in your future. And we talked about the two keys. One is belief. The other is behavior. First is belief because it is through belief that we receive eternal life through faith. For by grace are we saved through faith, and not that of ourselves. It is the gift of God paid for by the blood of Jesus. Amen? And so belief is one of the real keys to life and life everlasting. Jesus said, "I have come that you might have life and that you might have it more abundantly." Then the second key was behavior. After we have believed God changes our behavior. Our behavior is important because everything we do on the earth affects our eternal destiny. It affects not where we will spend eternity, but how we will spend eternity. Belief determines where we will spend eternity. Let me say it
again. Belief affects where we will spend eternity.

People do not spend eternity separated from God because of what they have done, but because of what they have not done. The Bible says they have been condemned because they have not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God. But when we believe we receive the gift of eternal life. But behavior affects our reward in heaven. Then Jesus talked about the six main events in our future. We discussed those events last week. Life, physical death, transition to one of two eternities beyond death, resurrection and judgment. We talked about those events that are in all of our futures because God has scheduled them and appointed them.

Now we're going to learn a little bit more about this idea of eternal rewards. We talked a little bit about it last week, about the fact that in heaven there are degrees of reward. In hell there are degrees of punishment. Jesus said that to some people hell will be more tolerable than to other people. I can't think that hell will be tolerable to anybody, but Jesus just said that if the people Tyre and Sidon had heard the things that the people in Galilee had heard, they would have repented. I made the point that God knows who would have repented and who would not have repented had they heard the gospel. A loving God does what is just and what is fair. As far as believers are concerned every deed we do each day is important because it adds or takes away from rewards. So look at this verse Luke 14:10-14. Now Jesus is in the home of a wealthy Pharisee. Jesus was comfortable wherever he was. Most of his time he spent with the common people because there are more common people th ...

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