Revelation 22:10-12: "And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be."
Daniel Webster was a great American orator and the fourteenth person to serve as secretary of the United States. He was also a senator and in 1957, he was voted by Congress as one of the five greatest American senators of all time. One day he was asked, what was the greatest thought that had ever occurred to him in his life. His response was: "The greatest thought I ever had was my personal accountability to God."
Last week, we took a look at the high stakes of that personal accountability. The Rapture is coming, and after the Rapture, the Rewards for Christians are coming. And during that time of personal rewards, how we lived in light of our own personal accountability to God will be all that matters. Last week, we considered the time and place of the Rewards ceremony -- it will take place immediately after the Rapture at the bema seat. Next, we considered the person of the Rewards -- who will be handing out the rewards? And that person will be none other than Jesus Christ. And, finally, we looked at the People of the Rewards -- who will receive the rewards? And the recipients of the rewards will be all those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior.
That leads us to address three more important questions about the rewards after the rapture, particularly regarding the nature of the rewards ceremony. Today, we are going to look at two misconceptions about the rewards ceremony and our responsibility in light of the rewards ceremony.
1. The first misconception about the Rewards ceremony is the idea that this ceremony will determine whether or not we get into Heaven. Romans 8:30 says, "Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified."
2. The second misconception about the Rewards ceremony is the idea that the ceremony will be a time of punishment for those who have done wrong after they got saved -- and I am sure that is all of us. However, that is not what the rewards ceremony is about either. Romans 8:33-34 says, "Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us."
3. Now, let's look at our responsibility in light of the rewards ceremony. Jesus Christ said, "Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." We started out by talking about our personal accountability toward God. How should we live in light of the knowledge that we all will stand before Jesus Christ? Well, we should live as people under authority.
Jesus told His disciples, “Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” When Jesus comes, we want to be doing what is right, doing what He expects of us, doing what He has commanded us to do and waiting and looking forward to His appearance. That is our responsibility in light of the coming Rewards ceremony.