8. The Rewards, not on Earth, but on Heaven

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."


I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India

This page editorial help: Sister Lynn near Atlanta, GA


God will bless us if we obey him and curse us if we do not obey him. In the Old Testament, blessings were given as prosperity, good health, strong children, victory over enemies, etc, and curses were given in reverse. Jesus preached, "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." So, in the New Testament, the kingdom of heaven is in our reach. So, repent and receive our blessings in the kingdom of heaven. We will not receive them in the world.


In the Old Testament, God gave blessings if they obeyed him and curses if they did not obey him. The rewards were given to them in the world. "Deuteronomy 11:26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; 27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: 28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known. Deuteronomy 30:15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; 16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it." When Jesus Christ became a man, he said that he came to establish a second covenant. He was preaching people to repent, and the kingdom of heaven is in reach for them. "Hebrews 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. Matthew 4:17 ... Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Jesus Christ preached for them to repent, that is to change their minds from two things. One is from sinning, and the other thing is about the kingdom, from the kingdom of the Jews to the kingdom of heaven, that is of God. But Jews did not understand him and they were asking for the kingdom of the Jews. "Acts 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?" But the message of Jesus Christ is that the righteous will inherit the kingdom of God and the sinning people will not inherit his kingdom. "Revelation 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." The rewards for doing good works are not given in this world, but those will be given with the inheritance in the kingdom of God.

Please look at these links: "Kingdom". Thank you.

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