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Reconciliation With God Means Eternal Glory

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"THE REWARDS OF DISCIPLESHIP" section of this lesson is taken from an outline found here: …

"THE REWARDS OF DISCIPLESHIP" section of this lesson is taken from an outline found here:
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  • 1.
    • Reconciliation
    • With God
    • Means
    • Eternal
    • Glory
  • 2. Eternal Glory
    • We’re going to read the entire 5th chapter of 2 Corinthians.
    • It paints a wonderful picture of the hope we have in Jesus.
  • 3. Eternal Glory
    • 2 Corinthians 5:1 NET For we know that if our earthly house, the tent we live in, is dismantled, we have a building from God, a house not built by human hands, that is eternal in the heavens.
  • 4. Eternal Glory
    • 2 For in this earthly house we groan, because we desire to put on our heavenly dwelling, 3 if indeed, after we have put on our heavenly house, we will not be found naked.
  • 5. Eternal Glory
    • 4 For we groan while we are in this tent, since we are weighed down, because we do not want to be unclothed, but clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
  • 6. Eternal Glory
    • 5 Now the one who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment. 6 Therefore we are always full of courage, and we know that as long as we are alive here on earth we are absent from the Lord —
  • 7. Eternal Glory
    • 7 for we live by faith, not by sight. 8 Thus we are full of courage and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
  • 8. Our Ambition Is To Please Him
    • 9 So then whether we are alive or away, we make it our ambition to please him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be paid back according to what he has done while in the body, whether good or evil.
  • 9. Our Ambition Is To Please Him
    • 11 Therefore, because we know the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade people, but we are well known to God, and I hope we are well known to your consciences too.
  • 10. Our Ambition Is To Please Him
    • 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to be proud of us, so that you may be able to answer those who take pride in outward appearance and not in what is in the heart.
  • 11. Our Ambition Is To Please Him
    • 13 For if we are out of our minds, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, since we have concluded this, that Christ died for all; therefore all have died.
  • 12. Our Ambition Is To Please Him
    • 15 And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised. 16 So then from now on we acknowledge no one from an outward human point of view.
  • 13. Our Ambition Is To Please Him
    • Even though we have known Christ from such a human point of view, now we do not know him in that way any longer. 17 So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away — look, what is new has come!
  • 14. Ministry of Reconciliation
    • 18 And all these things are from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
  • 15. Message of Reconciliation
    • 19 In other words, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting people's trespasses against them, and he has given us the message of reconciliation.
  • 16. Ambassadors For Christ
    • 20 Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea through us. We plead with you on Christ's behalf, "Be reconciled to God!" 21 God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God.
  • 17. Jesus Took Our Punishment
    • The 21st verse says it all! God made the one who did not know sin That could only be Jesus. to be sin for us, If we review Isaiah 53 and other Scriptures it becomes evident Jesus came to take our punishment for sin.
  • 18. Jesus Took Our Punishment
    • He knew no sin, but our sin was put on Him. so that in him we would become the righteousness of God. Why did Jesus humble Himself and take on human form and offer to take our punishment?
  • 19. Jesus Took Our Punishment
    • 19 In other words, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting people's trespasses against them, and he has given us the message of reconciliation.
  • 20. Jesus Took Our Punishment
    • All of this was done so we, have a building from God, a house not built by human hands, that is eternal in the heavens.
  • 21. Jesus Took Our Punishment
    • And so we, would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. Because of this great gift, 9 So then whether we are alive or away, we make it our ambition to please him.
  • 22. Ambassadors For Christ
    • Our ambition, goal, what keeps us going, should,
    • NO, MUST, BE
    • PLEASING GOD!
    • With this in mind, we are given marching orders in the last few verses we read.
  • 23. Ambassadors For Christ
    • Verse 18 … has given us the ministry of reconciliation. Verse 19 … given us the message of reconciliation . Verse 20 … Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ. How are we to accomplish our task? We try to persuade people, …. "Be reconciled to God!"
  • 24. Ambassadors For Christ
    • Why do we strive to please God serving as Ambassadors for Christ, fulfilling our ministry by spreading the message of reconciliation? So that as many people as possible receive their eternal home in the heavens.
  • 25. Let’s Glimpse Into Heaven
    • What a place Heaven will be. The Apostle John was given a glimpse into heaven.
    • Let’s take a look and see what he saw.
  • 26. Let’s Glimpse Into Heaven
    • Revelation 21:1 NET Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, and the sea existed no more.
  • 27. Let’s Glimpse Into Heaven
    • 2 And I saw the holy city — the new Jerusalem — descending out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband.
  • 28. Let’s Glimpse Into Heaven
    • 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: "Look! The residence of God is among human beings. He will live among them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them.
  • 29. Let’s Glimpse Into Heaven
    • 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more — or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist."
  • 30. Let’s Glimpse Into Heaven
    • 5 And the one seated on the throne said: "Look! I am making all things new!" Then he said to me, "Write it down, because these words are reliable and true." 6 He also said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.
  • 31. Let’s Glimpse Into Heaven
    • To the one who is thirsty I will give water free of charge from the spring of the water of life. 7 The one who conquers will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
  • 32. Let’s Glimpse Into Heaven
    • 8 But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death."
  • 33. Let’s Glimpse Into Heaven
    • 9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven final plagues came and spoke to me, saying, "Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb!"
  • 34. Let’s Glimpse Into Heaven
    • 10 So he took me away in the Spirit to a huge, majestic mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. 11 The city possesses the glory of God ; its brilliance is like a precious jewel, like a stone of crystal-clear jasper .
  • 35. Let’s Glimpse Into Heaven
    • 12 It has a massive, high wall with twelve gates, with twelve angels at the gates, and the names of the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel are written on the gates.
  • 36. Let’s Glimpse Into Heaven
    • … .18 The city's wall is made of jasper and the city is pure gold , like transparent glass . 19 The foundations of the city's wall are decorated with every kind of precious stone.
  • 37. Let’s Glimpse Into Heaven
    • The first foundation is jasper , the second sapphire , the third agate , the fourth emerald , 20 the fifth onyx , the sixth carnelian , the seventh chrysolite , the eighth beryl , the ninth topaz , the tenth chrysoprase , the eleventh jacinth , and the twelfth amethyst .
  • 38. Let’s Glimpse Into Heaven
    • 21 And the twelve gates are twelve pearls — each one of the gates is made from just one pearl ! The main street of the city is pure gold , like transparent glass . 22 Now I saw no temple in the city, because the Lord God — the
    • All-Powerful — and the
    • Lamb are its temple.
  • 39. Let’s Glimpse Into Heaven
    • 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because the glory of God lights it up, and its lamp is the Lamb . 24 The nations will walk by its light and the kings of the earth will bring their grandeur into it.
  • 40. Let’s Glimpse Into Heaven
    • 25 Its gates will never be closed during the day (and there will be no night there). 26 They will bring the grandeur and the wealth of the nations into it,
  • 41. Let’s Glimpse Into Heaven
    • 27 but nothing ritually unclean will ever enter into it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or practices falsehood, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
  • 42. Two Alternatives
    • Last week we looked at the alternative to pleasing God.
    • Eternal fire, darkness, no rest, separation from all that is good … from God .
  • 43. Two Alternatives
    • Wouldn’t we rather focus our efforts and thoughts on gaining entrance into that BEAUTIFUL,
    • WONDERFUL,
    • PERFECT,
    • CITY
    • God has prepared for His people?
  • 44.
    • THE REWARDS
    • OF
    • DISCIPLESHIP
  • 45. FROM THE PEN OF PAUL
    • A man who endured much hardship.
    • 2 Corinthians 11:23 NET Are they servants of Christ? (I am talking like I am out of my mind!) I am even more so: with much greater labors, with far more imprisonments, with more severe beatings, facing death many times.
  • 46. FROM THE PEN OF PAUL
    • 24   Five times I received from the Jews forty lashes less one. 25   Three times I was beaten with a rod. Once I received a stoning. Three times I suffered shipwreck. A night and a day I spent adrift in the open sea.
  • 47. FROM THE PEN OF PAUL
    • Yet looked forward to, as we read earlier: A house not made with hands
    • 2 Corinthians 5:1 NET For we know that if our earthly house, the tent we live in, is dismantled, we have a building from God, a house not built by human hands, that is eternal in the heavens.
  • 48. FROM THE PEN OF PAUL
    • The riches of God's grace Ephesians 2:7 NET to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
  • 49. FROM THE PEN OF PAUL
    • A glorious transformation
    • Philippians 3:20 NET But our citizenship is in heaven — and we also await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,
  • 50. FROM THE PEN OF PAUL
    • 21   who will transform these humble bodies of ours into the likeness of his glorious body by means of that power by which he is able to subject all things to himself.
  • 51. FROM THE PEN OF PAUL
    • A crown of righteousness
    • 2 Timothy 4:8 NET Finally the crown of righteousness is reserved for me. The Lord, the righteous Judge, will award it to me in that day — and not to me only, but also to all who have set their affection on his appearing.
  • 52. FROM THE PEN OF PAUL
    • A heavenly kingdom
    • 2 Timothy 4:18 NET The Lord will deliver me from every evil deed and will bring me safely 23 into his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever! Amen.
  • 53. FROM THE PEN OF PETER
    • A man who likewise suffered hardship. 1 Corinthians 4:9 NET For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to die, because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to people.
  • 54. FROM THE PEN OF PETER
    • 10   We are fools for Christ, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, we are dishonored! 11   To the present hour we are hungry and thirsty, poorly clothed, brutally treated, and without a roof over our heads.
  • 55. FROM THE PEN OF PETER
    • 12   We do hard work, toiling with our own hands. When we are verbally abused, we respond with a blessing, when persecuted, we endure, 13   when people lie about us, we answer in a friendly manner. We are the world's dirt and scum, even now
  • 56. FROM THE PEN OF PETER
    • Yet looked forward to:
    • An inheritance imperishable, undefiled, reserved in heaven.
    • 1 Peter 1:4 NET that is, into an inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. It is reserved in heaven for you,
  • 57. FROM THE PEN OF PETER
    • A new heavens and new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
    • 2 Peter 3:13 NET But, according to his promise, we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness truly resides.
  • 58. FROM THE PEN OF PETER
    • 14   Therefore, dear friends, since you are waiting for these things, strive to be found at peace, without spot or blemish, when you come into his presence.
  • 59. FROM THE PEN OF JOHN
    • A man who suffered tribulation and exile. Revelations 1:9 NET I, John, your brother and the one who shares with you in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus.
  • 60. FROM THE PEN OF JOHN
    • Yet was blessed to be shown:
    • The bliss of those who were triumphant over tribulation - Revelations 7:9 NET After these things I looked, and here was an enormous crowd that no one could count,
  • 61. FROM THE PEN OF PETER
    • made up of persons from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb dressed in long white robes, and with palm branches in their hands.
  • 62. FROM THE PEN OF JOHN
    • 10   They were shouting out in a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God, to the one seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!"
    • … .13 Then one of the elders asked me, "These dressed in long white robes — who are they and where have they come from?"
  • 63. FROM THE PEN OF JOHN
    • 14    So I said to him, "My lord, you know the answer." Then he said to me, "These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb!
  • 64. FROM THE PEN OF JOHN
    • 15   For this reason they are before the throne of God, and they serve him day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them. 16   They will never go hungry or be thirsty again, and the sun will not beat down on them, nor any burning heat,
  • 65. FROM THE PEN OF JOHN
    • 17   because the Lamb in the middle of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
  • 66. FROM THE PEN OF JOHN
    • We already read about how he was shown the wonders of Heaven and the destiny of the redeemed, forever with God.
  • 67. CONCLUSION
    • Can there be any comparison? Between a few years of service, even with hardship? And an eternity of bliss in the presence of God?
  • 68. CONCLUSION
    • We have read the words of those like Paul, Peter, and John. What if they could return and speak to us today? What if our loved ones who died in Christ could return and speak to us today? Would they not tell us, "Heaven Will Surely Be Worth It All"?
  • 69. CONCLUSION
    • Whatever the cost of following Jesus in this life, may the words of the Holy Scripture remind and comfort us to be faithful and persevere.
  • 70. CONCLUSION
    • Hebrews 10:35 NET So do not throw away your confidence, because it has great reward.
    • 36 For you need endurance in order to do God's will and so receive what is promised.
  • 71. CONCLUSION
    • It is imperative we strive to please God serving as Ambassadors for Christ, fulfilling our ministry by spreading the message of reconciliation!
  • 72. CONCLUSION
    • Reconciliation
    • With God
    • Means
    • Eternal
    • Glory!!!