Confirmation Questions 2-2-14

Last Sunday’s sermon was based on the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:1-12. You can find that sermon here.

A great question was raised by the confirmation students on their sermon notes. I’ll attempt to answer it here.

-Why does Jesus say “Great are your rewards in Heaven?”
This is a really excellent question. In the final Beatitude, Jesus says “blessed are you [when you are persecuted on account of me]. Rejoice and be glad for your reward is great in heaven.” Now, just what Jesus means by this is up in the air. We could think that he’s referring to our salvation and that Heaven itself is the reward. Those who do not deny Jesus and are, in turn, persecuted or even killed because of it can rest assured that they are in relationship with Christ and therefore with God. Acknowledging Christ as our savior is evidence that we are, in fact saved from our sin. That being said, it is important to note that it is not up to anything that we do to guarantee our salvation. But all that being said, it is admittedly ambiguous what Jesus means by saying we’ll be rewarded in heaven. Does it mean that we gain higher status in Heaven, or that we’ll have riches of a sort that we do not understand in this life? Perhaps, but we just don’t know.  All we know is that Jesus says (later in the Sermon on the Mount) that we will be rewarded by God. What Jesus does not say is what those rewards will be.

So long story short, I can’t really give you a good answer to this question, aside from the assurance that Jesus says we will be blessed and that in Heaven there will be a reward. May we all see that one day.

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