Gene Cunningham - March 1, 2010
Heirs of the Kingdom #6
Five Crowns for areas of faithfulness:
- Imperishable Crown for spiritual discipline (1Co 9:24-27, 1Pe 1:1-5)
- Crown of Life for endurance in trial (Jam 1:12, Rev 2:10)
- Crown of Joy for faithful witness (Phi 4:1, 1Th 2:19);
- Crown of Righteousness for living in light of eternity (2Ti 4:7-8, Tit 2:13);
- Crown of Glory for faithful ministry (1Pe 5:4)
Return of the King notes . The return of Jesus Christ (Rev 19:11-16, Rev 22:12-14); Our status at that point depends upon our faithfulness:
- How you are dressed will depend on your obedience while here, Rev 19:8.
- How your home will be furnished will depend on your spiritual growth and personal conduct in wisdom here on earth, Pro 24:3-4, Pro 24:12.
- What you have available in the way of heavenly currency will depend largely on how you spend your money now, Mat 6:21; Luk 12:33-34; Luk 12:16, Luk 16:10-16.
- The position you hold in the kingdom will depend on your faithfulness with the spiritual assets you have now, Mat 25:14-29; Luk 19:11-26.
- Your service throughout eternity will be determined how well you serve the Lord in your present spiritual responsibility, 1Co 4:1-2; 2Ti 4:7-8.
1. For the sake of illustration, there are five categories of rewardable works.
- The helper, Mat 10:40-42; Mar 9:41 (the cup of cold water).
- The mystic, Mat 6:5-15 (private works like giving, prayer, and fasting).
- The worker, 1Co 4:1-2 (faithfulness in serving over a period of time).
- The hero/victor, Mat 5:10-12; Mar 10:28-31 (give all, suffer much, overcome).
- The friend of God, Joh 14:21-23; Rev 2:17, Rev 2:25-29 (intimacy with Christ).
2. Eternal reward will involve seven eternal benefits:
- Personal fulfillment, Mat 25:21, Mat 25:23; 2Ti 4:7 (“well done … I kept the faith”).
- Personal renown, 1Jo 2:17; Rev 3:5, Rev 3:12 (a pillar/memorial in the temple).
- Authority, Mat 24:45-47; Mat 25:21, Mat 25:23; Rev 2:26-27; Rev 2:3:21 (right to rule).
- Opportunity, Mat 6:19-21; Luk 18:22, Luk 18:28-31 (uses of your treasure).
- Privileges/enjoyment, Mat 25:21, Mat 25:23; Rev 2:7 (eat of the tree of life).
- Intimacy, Joh 14:21, Joh 14:23; Rev 2:17 (hidden manna, white stone, new name).
- Glory, Dan 12:3; Rom 8:18; 1Pe 4:12-13; Joh 17:22-24 (Christ’s reflection).
Conference notes for this series can be found [HERE]
Scripture References: Matthew 25:14-29, Revelation 2:3, James 1:12, Mark 10:28-31, Revelation 2:7, Revelation 19:8, John 2:17, Luke 16:10-16, John 17:22-24, Revelation 2:26-27, Matthew 5:10-12, Matthew 25:23, Revelation 22:12-14, Matthew 25:23, Luke 12:16, Romans 8:18, Matthew 25:23, Matthew 6:5-15, Matthew 25:21, Revelation 19:11-16, Matthew 25:21, Daniel 12:3, Luke 12:33-34, Matthew 25:21, Mark 9:41, Luke 18:28-31, Titus 2:13, Revelation 2:25-29, Revelation 2:17, Matthew 6:21, Matthew 24:45-47, Matthew 10:40-42, Luke 18:22, Philippians 4:1, Revelation 2:17, John 14:23, Proverbs 24:12, Revelation 3:12, Luke 19:11-26, Matthew 6:19-21, Revelation 2:10, John 14:21-23, John 14:21, Proverbs 24:3-4, Revelation 3:5
From Series: "Heirs of the Kingdom - Northern VA 2010"
Heirs of the Kingdom' have privilege responsibility and accountability (Mar 13:33?37). 'Heirs' is a term that deals with discipleship not justification or salvation. As we shall see every child of God is an heir. The questions before us are: How much will I inherit and will it really matter that much? Every member of the Royal Family has a share in the Royal Inheritance. Again the question of our study is ?how much?? Peter stresses in three words that our inheritance cannot?in any way?be defiled or diminished by our failure or conduct in this life. Paul speaks as sons ?being led? by the Spirit as ?adult sons? (huioi) and shows a distinction between heirs and ?joint heirs with Christ.? One is unconditional based on sonship; the other is conditional based on conduct.