on 30 July 2011
Can all Christians honestly say that they are following the biblical edict to, `...lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven...'? (Matthew 6:20)
A thorough and very readable, biblical exegesis of what appears to be a largely neglected subject - the doctrine of rewards for believers at the judgement seat of Christ!
Over several chapters, Dr Lutzer describes from the Bible, the different rewards given by the Lord: clarifying their significance and stressing the importance of `running the race' and `overcoming' in this life. Dr Lutzer emphasises, '...those who trust Christ alone for their salvation are redeemed, eternally forgiven, and legally perfect.' Nevertheless, he highlights the biblical teaching that believers, although not losing their salvation, will receive the consequences of their wrongs.
'The way we live here,' he writes, 'will have eternal, unchangeable, and profound consequences.' `Rewards,' he continues, `are based on our faithfulness to opportunities presented to us since conversion.'
After the rapture, all believers will have to give an account to Christ, of their service for Him. Words, motives and actions since conversion will be tested by fire (1 Corinthians 3:15). This challenging and provocative book is a timely encouragement and a warning to evaluate our lifestyles in the light of that impending appointment.