A BIBLICAL STUDY

REWARDS

 

 

Teachings and Illustrations of Christ


Matthew 20:1-16



WHAT IS YOUR REWARD?



F.Y.I. CORNER


1.

REWARD - (Gr. 3408) noun mis-thos; pay (for service good or bad); hire, wages.

2.

REWARD - (Gr. 591) verb apodidomi; to give away; give (again)

3.

PENNY - lit. the Greek coin denarius equivalent to a days wage

4.

HIRE - (Gr. 3408) mis-thos; pay for service, reward, wages. See Reward.

5.

IDLE - (Gr. 692) inactive, lazy, useless, barren


THEY SUPPOSED THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED MORE


 

Most churches have taught that although salvation is a reward for all those entering heaven, our works on earth are additional rewards (a.k.a. adding jewels in our crown) in heaven. Do those who serve the Lord receive a greater reward?

 

READ Matthew 19:27 - 20:16

1.        Jesus compared the kingdom of heaven to a parable of laborers in a vineyard. How do some of the characteristics of the parable compare to other verses?

         A Vineyard: John 15:5

         The Householder: Matt. 21:33

         The Laborers: Luke 10:2, 7; I Cor. 3:9

         The Hire (see F.Y.I.) Matt. 20:8

2.        Did the laborers ask for work or did the householder look for them?

         Why? Luke10:2

3.        How did the householder find laborers? (20:3)

q       Why might this be brought to our attention? Proverbs 19:15 James 1:22-23; 2:17-18

4.        What did those who were hired first suppose? Matt. 20:10

 

         How does this compare with what the church is teaching today? A) It doesnt compare B) Because it is taught in most churches that all people are capable of receiving salvation, those that are Christians for a longer period of time of earth and dont sow their wild oats are told they will receive additional rewards in heaven for Christian service C) These laborers were never saved

5.        What was the final response of the householder? (20:15-16) So the last shall be __________, and the first _________: for many be called, but few _____________.

q       What does this mean? Luke 13:23-30 Matthew 19:28-30

 


 


THE REWARD NOT RECKONED OF GRACE BUT OF DEBT



We learned in the parable above, that hire and reward have identical definitions. This brings us to the next study: What are the rewards mentioned in the Bible?

I. REWARDS OF THE WICKED

         Matt. 6:2 The glory of _____________

         Deut. 32:41 Gods __________________

         2 Sam. 3:39 The doer of ______ according to his ______________.

         Acts 1:16-18 The reward of __________

II. REWARDS OF THE RIGHTEOUS

         Gen 15:1 _____________________

         Ruth 2:12 A _______ reward

         Prov. 11:18 A ________ reward

         Matt. 5:12 Those who are ___________, a reward in ___________.

         Matt. 6:4 Reward thee ___________

         I Cor. 3:6-8 According to his ________

         I Cor. 9:17-18 Preaching the __________

         Col. 3:24 Reward of ____________

 

 

q       WHAT is the difference between an award and a reward? (use F.Y.I to help)

 

q       DISCUSS: After reading the above texts, does a believer get rewards on earth or only in the life after? Are blessings on earth confused with rewards on earth? Luke 18:28-30

 

q       REVIEW Peters question in Matt. 19:28-29. How does this compare to the thinking of mankind today?

 

q       DETERMINE: In what way do works on earth contribute to the reward of a believer? Romans 4:4 Romans 3:10-12 Isaiah 64:6;

 




 

VERSE of the WEEK

 

...and everyone shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

 

-I Cor. 3:8b


 


 


What is your reward



SUGGESTION FOR PRAYER

 

         Pray that we may respond to Gods grace by working gratefully in his kingdom.

         Pray that we may not be found idle on the last day.