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Monday, July 31, 2006 at 12:44 PM

Crowns (5) - Christ our work

The remaining passage that deals specifically with the term "crowns" is in Revelation 4. As I currently don't know whether it is something that is actively happening, something that will happen (like in the world, 24 nations will bow to Chris), or if the elders sitting on the thrones are actually people who've lived on earth or what, I'm going to leave that one up to the individual and take a look at other passages that deal with treasures and rewards.

There are a number of passages that can serve to highlight the idea of treasures and rewards in heaven.

There are a number of passages in the Sermon on the Mount, which speak of rewards in heaven. Store up your treasures in heaven. Give to the needy and the Father who sees in secret will reward you.

There are passages that speak of "as you sow, so shall you reap." Galatians 6:6-10, 2 Cor. 9:6-7

There is also Matthew 19:29, which speaks of gaining a hundredfold for giving up parents, family, life and so forth, for the sake of Jesus Christ.

There is also the faith in God who rewards: Hebrews 11:6

Even though these passages speak of rewards, I don't think these passages teach that there are different rewards for believers who obey more or less. Rather, I see them as reminding us of the Law and the need of Jesus Christ.

Namely, I see them as all part of the Law, bringing us to death and despair. We hear the words of Christ saying "you cannot serve both God and money" and we fall to our knees, confessing that we actually do serve money and all other sorts of false Gods.

And the Law (which is good) points us to the Gospel, which tells us that "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."(2 Cor. 5:20-21)

1 Peter 2:24
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

Namely, I'm talking about "double imputation" here. Imputation is a "placing upon" and in this context, our sins are imputed to Christ. He bore our sins and took our punishment. At the same time, His righteousness was imputed to us. We now share in His perfect obedience, so that when God looks upon us, he sees "perfect."

I'm not saying that there aren't such rewards, but that these passages do not teach it. Stay tuned.


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