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.

  1. Salvation
    1. Salvation is a free gift
    2. 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"
  2. Rewards
    1. Rewards are earned by work
    2. Rewards are a future attainment
  3. These two principles cannot be mingled
  4. Purpose of Promising Rewards
    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.
  5. A warning
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