Rewards-Revelation 22:7, 12, 20

Revelation 22:7, 12, 20  
7 “Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.” 12 “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.” 20 “He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”  Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”
Apocalisse 22:7, 12, 20
7 «Ecco, io vengo presto. Beato chi custodisce le parole della profezia di questo libro». 12 «Ecco, io vengo presto e con me avrò la mia ricompensa da dare a ciascuno secondo le sue opere.». 20 «Colui che attesta queste cose, dice: «Sì, vengo presto!» Amen! Vieni, Signore Gesù!».
     In the closing chapter of the Bible, three times we see the words, “Behold, I am coming soon!” (Rev. 22:7, 12, 20). The first time, it refers to a blessing to those who keep the words of prophecy in the book. The second time, it is a reference to a reward to those “according to what he has done.” The third time, John testifies to the truth of Christ’s coming. 
     Let’s focus on the second occurrence. The Old Testament taught God would give a reward to each person according to his or her works. In Psalm 62:12, David writes, “and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.” This reward is also recorded by Paul as ‘The Judgment Seat of Christ’. It is what we have done, “whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10-11).  It is a sober reminder to believers that simply getting to heaven is not the only thing God requires. The word “reward” is used in the Scriptures in both positive and negative ways. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said you will be rewarded in heaven when you have suffered persecution (Matt. 5:12) but He also says there is no reward when you do acts of righteousness in order to be seen by men (Matt. 6:1).
     It is a sad truth that the church is filled with people who are simply content with a place in heaven but do not take seriously that they will give an account for what they have or haven’t done. Notice that Jesus says, “My reward is with Him.” If we truly believe that Jesus is coming soon, what kind of reward would be given to us? Let us search our hearts and motives to be sure our lives are pleasing and worthy of His return.
Pray with me: Lord, I believe You are coming soon. Help me to examine my life and service to You so that when I see You, I will not be ashamed.

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