Clarence E. Mason's "Soteriology
SALVATION AND REWARDS
BY THE AUTHOR
Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
SALVATION AND REWARDS
It is of great importance to the right understanding of the Word to distinguish
between the doctrine of salvation for the lost and the doctrine of rewards for
the faithful services of the saved.
What that distinction is may be seen by carefully noting the following contrasts:
- SALVATION IS A FREE GIFT
John 4:10; Revelation 22:17; Ephesians 2:8-9; Isaiah 55:1; Romans 6:23.
In contrast with the freeness of salvation we note that:
- REWARDS ARE EARNED BY WORKS
Matthew 10:42; Revelation 22:12; Luke 19:17; 2 Timothy 4:7-8; 1 Corinthians
9:24-25; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 2:10.
- Five crowns are mentioned.
- The crown of joy - the
reward of ministry, soul-winning, 1 Thes. 2:19; Phil. 4:1.
- The crown of righteousness
- the reward of faithfulness in testimony, 2 Tim. 4:8.
- The crown of life - the
reward of faithfulness under trial, Jas. 1:12; Rev. 2:10.
- The crown of glory -
the reward of faithfulness in suffering, 1 Pet. 5:4; Heb. 2:9.
- The incorruptible crown
- the reward of temperateness, 1 Cor. 9:24-25.
- Reasons why God offers rewards
- To wean us from earthly
riches and pleasures, Heb. 11:24-26.
- To inspire us to do good
to all men, Lk. 14:13-14.
- To strengthen us when
tempted, Jas. 1:12.
- To bear us up under persecution,
- To encourage us in affliction,
2 Cor. 4:17.
- To make us faithful in
all things, Col. 3:17-25,7A.
- To urge us on in personal
winning of souls, Dan. 12:3.
- To increase our missionary
zeal, Jn. 4:35-36.
- SALVATION IS A PRESENT POSSESSION
John 3:36; 2 Timothy 1:9; 1 John 5:11; John 5:24 R.V.; Luke 7:50; John 6:47;
Titus 3:5. Shall we learn it?
In contrast with the present tense in the salvation passages is the future
tense in reward passages:
- REWARDS ARE A FUTURE ATTAINMENT
Matthew 16:27; 1 Peter 5:4; Luke 14:14; 2 Timothy 4:8; Revelation 22:12; Matthew
There is a warning given concerning crowns, Rev. 3:11; Col. 2:18; Jn. 1:8.
God does not and cannot reckon the believer's merit or works to the account
of his salvation, but He does acknowledge the believer's good works. The saved
one owes nothing to God in payment for salvation, which is bestowed as a gift;
but he does owe God a life of undivided devotion, and for this life of devotion,
there is promised a reward.
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