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24 Knowing [eido] that [hoti] of [apo] the Lord [kurios] ye shall receive [apolambano] the reward [antapodosis] of the inheritance: [kleronomia] for [gar] ye serve [douleuo] the Lord [kurios] Christ. [Christos]KJV-Interlinear
24 knowing that from the Lord you
will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you
Knowing, means already
being aware, already understanding the terms that God has set forth to
There is not a single
person on this earth, that has never known of, or
expected some type of eternal reward.Even in the many religions that exist out there, eternity promises some
type of reward of the faithful.But that
reward originated with God, first to Adam and Eve, and to every generation
subsequent to them.
Even though other
religions have taken the truth originally taught, and distorted it into the
religions that exist, the origin of the concept came from God and from no other
So, you know that there
is a reward in eternity.Whether you
acknowledge it or not, whether you seek it in the wrong places or not, is
irrelevant.Fools argue and debate the
truth, from the position of their stubborn stupidity.
It is interesting to
hear some of the arguments that callers make, when they call in to some of
these talk radio shows.I don t get to
listen to most of these shows very often, but when I have the occasion to hear
them, I just roll my eyes at the stupidity spewed over the airwaves.Is it any wonder that we are heading down a
road of trouble in this world?
But just as with the
politics and issues of the day, so too it is with doctrine.Everyone knows the truth, but most disregard
it for their own unsubstantiated beliefs.
Paul is speaking of
slaves.But the word for slaves, equates
to each and every one of us.Whether
rich man or poor, servant or master, when we all live in this world, we are
slaves to the world until freed by God, through Christ and doctrine.
As slaves we own
nothing, we have no hope, no resources, no alternatives, no
chance for any kind of a life from this world.Even if you strike oil and become a billionaire, you have nothing
because your life will not continue in this world forever, and one day you will
die and leave it all behind. You ll go to heaven with zip (if you have been an
unproductive believer).Unbelievers lose
There will be a
judgment, and because of that fact, reward is guaranteed for those who pursue
their spiritual lives.
We will all stand
before the Lord at the Judgment Seat of Christ, and there your soul will be
loaded with gold, silver, and precious stones (or good production), or it will be
loaded with wood, hay and stubble (worthless production.
Christ will cleanse you
with a purifying fire, which will wipe out all of the worthless
production.Then what will be left of
you, a gorgeous soul with production of intrinsic value, or a naked soul with embarrassment?
The wages of nothing is
The wages of good
production is what?
And so it goes.In this world we are slaves with
nothing.But slaves can invest their
minds and thoughts in that which God has given us all, and that is
doctrine.The good slave, the one who
advances in their spiritual life, will receive an inheritance of value beyond
comprehension. The bad slave, the one
who thought nothing of their spiritual resources, will receive nothing.
Anyone who receives an
inheritance from an estate of phenomenal value,
receives money, property, possessions never imagined.And so it is in heaven.Your inheritance will include possessions for
eternity, not limited to tangible things, but of abilities and gifts and
talents and so forth.
Your future, your true
retirement, your real cashing-in your winning ticket day, is in heaven, not
here and now.Pursuing your spiritual
life guarantees you a huge piece of the eternal prize.All of the universe, and heaven which is
infinitely more vast, is our inheritance. You cannot
calculate its value, because you cannot measure it all.
Jesus Christ is our one
and only master.He placed you in the position
that you are in, to allow you to advance in your spiritual life.Your earthly circumstances are only the
logistical means of allowing you to advance in your spiritual life.
Most folks concentrate
on their earthly circumstances and disregard their spiritual purpose, their
spiritual investment, and therefore lose.
Because eternity is
going to be the vast portion of your entire life, investing in it, correctly, would
probably be a good idea, maybe?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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