In our study today we are looking at Revelation 14:13, including the subjects of death – rewards for the true Christians, heaven, and eternal life
FACT: There are rewards for those who DIE IN THE LORD. We will examine the two great rewards mentioned that are an encouragement for true believers:
1. There is the wonderful reward OF REST FROM EARTHLY LABOR. The picture is that of work, labor, and toil; of strenuous work and exhausting labor and fatiguing toil. It is being under pressure, being under so much pressure it is like being in a boiler; of being tense, of being gripped in a vice of tension. The picture is that of laboring so much that one is utterly exhausted and worn out.
APPLICATION FOR THE TRUE BELIEVER:
Good Question: How hard do you, as a true Christian, work for Christ in your daily life?
- As described above, this is the way the believer is to labor in witnessing and ministering for Christ.
Some folks who know the commands of Christ will say something to the effect “I can’t do what Christ commands!” However, we have a God who:
- closed the lion’s mouth for Daniel,
- parted the Red sea for Moses,
- gave Sara a baby,
- raised Lazarus from the dead and
- sent Jesus from Heaven; raised Him from the dead in order that we can have salvation and work for Him throughout our lives here on earth, (Philippians 2:12-16).
The true believer remembers that nothing you’ll face today or in the end time is out of God’s control….if you trust God completely.
When a true Christian is this faithful for Christ, when He is truly IN THE LORD, truly living for the Lord, then he dies in the Lord. And the Lord takes him home to heaven and gives him REST from his labor and toil and exhaustion.
The word “rest” (anapaesontai) means refreshed, revitalized, restirred, recharged, and rejuvenated. It means to be free of all temptations and trials, to be comforted and relaxed while being refreshed and recharged.
When we get to heaven we will be free from all the temptations and trials and labors of this earth. We will also be perfect in body, free from ever getting tired, from aching muscles and headaches and heavy eyes; free from ever becoming exhausted and weary again.
We will be perfect; we will live in a perfect society of godliness and righteousness forever and ever. In that glorious day we will rest from all our labors and struggles in this corruptible world.
“There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest” (Job 3:17).
“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels,” (2 Thessalonians 1:7).
“There remaineth therefore a REST to the people of God” (Hebrews 4:9).
“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: yea, saith the Spirit, that they may REST from their labors; and their works do follow them” (Revelation 14:13).
“Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 13:43)
“For our LIGHT AFFLICTION, which is for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” (2 Corinthians 4:17).
“For our conversation [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: who SHALL CHANGE our vile body, that it may be fashioned LIKE unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to SUBDUE ALL THINGS UNTO HIMSELF” (Philippians 3:20-21).
“When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:4).
“Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:10).
The true believer believes that God can do anything He commands and they approach God by following Scripture:
Notice Peter’s instructions:
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting ALL your care upon Him; for he careth for you.” (I Peter 5:6-7).
Notice Paul’s instructions:
“I CAN DO ALL THINGS “through” Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).
“But my God SHALL SUPPLY ALL your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philipians 4:19).
Now notice our Lord’s statement:
“If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15).
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe ALL THINGS whatsoever I have COMMANDED YOU: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:19-20).
“But ye shall receive power, after the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be WITNESSES unto ME both in Jerusalem, and in ALL Judaea, and in Samaria, and UNTO THE UTTERMOST PART OF THE EARTH” (Acts 1:8).
NOTE: The true believer believes the Bible as God’s Holy AND ETERNAL Word; they apply it and follow it.
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:20-21).
“All scripture is given by INSPIRATION of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
- This is the way the true believer is to stand up against all temptations and trials of this life.
“Finally, my brethren [Christians], be STRONG in the Lord, and in the POWER OF HIS MIGHT. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to STAND AGAINST THE WILES OF THE DEVIL. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the WHOLE armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:10-13).
- This is the way the true believers of the end time are to stand up for Christ and refuse to follow the beast and to accept his mark.
2. There is the REWARD of heavenly work to do.
Heaven is going to be full of both WORSHIP and SERVICE and we stress that it will be SERVICE because of the tendency to ignore the fact. Remember TWO SIGNIFICANT THINGS:
a. Heaven is another dimension of being, another world, the spiritual world which is a real and permanent world. It is the physical world and dimension that is corruptible, that ages, decays, deteriorates, and passes way. The real and permanent world, the spiritual world and dimension, is incorruptible. Therefore, God is going to destroy the (current) heavens and the earth and make a new heavens and earth.
God is going to transform the universe into the spiritual dimension of being, into the permanent and incorruptible dimension. This earth and the heavens— all the universe — will be transformed into the spiritual world, into the permanent, incorruptible and eternal world, into the spiritual dimension of being, the world that lasts forever and ever (2 Peter 3:10-13). Therefore, when we work and serve Christ in the new heavens and earth, we will never tire nor become exhausted. We will be able to work and serve Christ forever without ever feeling pressure, tension, headaches or sleepy.
b. Genuine believers are to be made kings and priests in heaven. We are going to rule and reign with Christ, rule and reign under the leadership, direction, and supervision of Christ. Jesus Christ and Scripture make this perfectly clear. Believers shall be rewarded with work to do and be made responsible for position and rule.
REWARDS DEALING WITH OUR NATURE OR STATE OF BEING:
- Being adopted as a son of God (Galatians 4:4-7; I John 3:1; Book of Ephesians)
How is the believer to live as he walks day by day throughout life? The instructions given by God are very practical. Paul reveals for us:
+the eternal plan of God for Christian Believers.
+the great blessings of God.
+the knowledge and power of God.
+the work of God’s mercy and the gift of God’s grace, our great salvation.
+reconciliation and peace.
+the church — the true church — the new body of people God is creating to be the citizens of the new heavens and earth.
In Ephesians we have seen great theological truths revealing the believer’s position in Christ. So, how are we as Christians to live day by day? How does our position in Christ work itself out in our lives? How does Christ help us deal with the trials, problems, difficulties and sufferings of day to day living? The believer’s walk (life) is the subject of Ephesians:
A. The believer is to walk [live] worthy of His calling, Ephesians 4:1-6.
B. The believer is to walk [live] by using His gifts, Ephesians 4:7-16.
C The believer is to walk differently from the Gentiles, Ephesians 4:17-24.
D. The believer is to walk [live] by putting off the garments of the old man, Ephesians 4:25-32.
E. The believer is to walk (live) following God, Ephesians 5:1-7.
F. The believer is to walk (live) as a child of light, Ephesians 5:8-14.
G. The believer is to walk (live) carefully and strictly, Ephesians 5:15-21.
H. The believing wife and husband are to walk [live] in a spirit of submission and love, Ephesians 5:22-23.
I. Believing children and parents are to walk (live) under God’s authority, Ephesians 6:1-4.
J. Believing slaves and masters (employers-employees) are to walk under God’s authority, Ephesians 6:5-9.
NOTICE EPHESIANS 4:1-6:
We owe God more than we could ever pay. God has taken His own dear Son and…
- provided the Ideal and Perfect righteousness for us.
- provided a Substitute to die for us — to actually bear our punishment for having rejected, rebelled, and cursed God, and for having broken God’s law.
- provided deliverance from death for us through the reconciliation of Christ.
- provided a new life for us — a life of love, joy, peace, and power through the Holy Spirit living within us.
- provided the absolute assurance of living eternally with God forever and ever.
- provided so much more that even an eternity could not describe it.
MORE OF OUR REWARDS ARE PROVIDED BECAUSE OF OUR NATURE AND STATE OF BEING:
- being made blameless and harmless (Philippians 2:15).
- being given eternal life (John 3:16; I Timothy 6:19).
- being given an enduring substance (Hebrews 10:34).
- being given a glorious body (Philippians 3:11, 21; I Corinthians 15:42-44).
- being given eternal glory and honor and peace (Romans 2:10).
More will be included in our next study.
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