Bible Study Outlines
Volume 3, Lesson 7
by C.I. Scofield
Salvation and Rewards
The New Testament Scriptures contain a doctrine of salvation for the lost, and a doctrine of rewards for the faithful service of the saved. It is important to have an understanding of the distinction between these two doctrines.
- Salvation is a free gift
- Salvation is a present possession
- 1John 5:11 - "God hath given to us eternal life"
- 2Peter 1:3 - "Hath given unto us all things"
- Titus 3:4,5 - "According to His mercy He saved us"
- John 3:36 - "He that believeth... hath everlasting life"
- John 5:24 - "Is passed from death unto life"
- John 6:47 - "Believeth on Me hath everlasting life"
These two principles cannot be mingled
- Rewards are earned by work
- Rewards are a future attainment
Purpose of Promising Rewards
- Romans 4:4,5 - "To him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt"
- Romans 11:6 - "If it be of works, then is it no more grace"
God's purpose in promising to reward with heavenly and eternal honors the faithful service of His saints, is to win them from the pursuit of earthly riches and pleasures, to sustain them in the fires of persecution, and to encourage them in the exercise of Christian virtues.
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