What standard does God use to determine our eternal reward? Is it based on our good works or our holiness?
(This article is part of our series on eternal rewards.)
While salvation is by faith alone in Christ alone, it pleases God to give us rewards based on our good works, which is anything we do in service to Christ according to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
We may also be rewarded for things that we endure for Christ's name like persecution:
But we must be careful that our works are done with honest and sincere hearts desiring to please Christ and obey the leading of the Spirit, not merely for show:
Scripture also indicates that we might diminish our eternal reward by subsequent sin if we do not repent:
More Scriptures could be given, but it’s clear from the above that we earn eternal rewards based on our works here on earth.
To get up to speed on this important area of Biblical truth, please read the following series of articles:
2. What does God base our eternal rewards on?