judgment seat of Christ
deals entirely with service for the Lord and has
nothing to do with sin.
Jesus has paid for our
sins on the cross. He paid for
all of our sins.
will not be judged for sin but evaluated on fruitful
Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins in his body on the
Between Salvation and Rewards
you are alert it is easy to distinguish between verses
teaching about salvation and verses discussing rewards
for works after salvation.
Salvation is described in the scripture as a free
4:10, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that
asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he
would have given you living
6:23, “. . .the gift of God is eternal life in Christ
Jesus. . .”
are earned by works:
10:42, “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to
one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I
tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his
Corinthians 9:24,25, “Do you not know that in a race all
the runners run, but only one gets the prize. Run in such a
way as to get the prize. Everyone who
competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to
get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a
crown that will last forever.”
Timothy 4:7, 8; Revelation 2:10; Revelation 22:12; Luke
Salvation is a present possession now in
7:50. “Your faith has saved you, go in
3:36, “Whoever believes in the Son of God has eternal
5:24; John 6:47
Rewards are possessed in the future, given at
16:27, “For the Son of Man is going to come in his
Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward
each person according to what he has
Timothy 4:8; Revelation 22:12
3a. Salvation can
not be lost.
3b. Rewards can be
Corinthians 9:27, “No, I beat my body and make it my
slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself
will not be disqualified for the prize.”
is the word “adokimos”. You may remember the word
“dokimos” or “dokimozo” from James 1. It means to test
to approve as one tests metal in a fire. The prefix “a-” in
the Greek means the opposite or “anti-”. To be “adokimos” is to
be the opposite of one approved or accepted after the
means to be rejected after the testing.
3:11, “I am
Hold on to what you have, so that no one will
take you crown.”
They should have received more rewards but error
to lose much of what they had worked for.
4a. God offers the
lost salvation through faith in
4b. God offers the
believer rewards for faithful service.
can see the confusion in doctrine and life application
if any of the above four areas get turned
around. When salvation and rewards are
confused these are some false teaching that develop from
a lack of understanding of the above issues:
is worked for.
Rewards in heaven are distributed equally.
get rewards on earth and our salvation is only obtained
can lose our salvation that we worked for.
offers salvation to the faithful believer.
God would never reward us for our