Few people ever give consideration to the premise that there exists deep within their psyche, the innate desire to receive tangible rewards for all that they aspire to achieve or accomplish in every area or aspect of their spiritual and physical lives. God’s promise to grant "eternal life" to all who receive Salvation is one such tangible reward that has caused millions to become Christians. Many have through faith acknowledged that Jesus Christ is the Son of Almighty Father God, who was crucified on the Cross of Calvary for their sins, and have willingly confessed Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior to receive the promise, in order to escape the prophesied future wrath of God at the end of this Age of Grace. Sadly enough, most have focused their attention so exclusively on the initial promise, that they have settled on it alone and have failed to contemplate the possibility that there exists anything greater beyond it.
According to Ephesians 2:8-9, all who receive salvation, are saved by God’s grace and not by their own works, so that no one can boast that they bought it or earned it. "It is a gift from God." All who receive this gift are guaranteed eternal life in heaven. A great majority of Christians have mistakenly adopted the mindset that receiving salvation is all that really matters. But according to GOD’s word, they should actually be thinking about more than just gaining entrance through the gates of heaven into eternity. Once an individual is saved, their Salvation is no longer an issue, but they can forfeit what God has made available to all as well. "The Reward".
In I Corinthians 3:9-15 Apostle Paul speaks to those who are saved concerning "The Reward". It is given by God to those, who have proven their love and obedience to His word, by being good co-workers with Him. Whether they receive this reward or not is determined at the end of the current Age of Grace by Jesus Christ himself, the Lord of Righteousness, the Savior and Redeemer of the world, and the ultimate "Judge", who Father God has given all power and authority. To the surprise of most, Jesus Christ is the one who all who are saved and unsaved will ultimately face for judgement after their demise. In 2 Corinthians 5:10 it says, “All who are saved must stand before His Judgment Seat to give account for what they have done, whether good or bad after receiving salvation”. In Colossians 3:25 it says, But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality." In Revelation 22:12 Jesus says, "And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work." Notice that the end of His statement says, “according to his work”. Keep in mind that we are talking about after one has received Salvation. Although every born again, saved, redeemed believer cannot lose their salvation because of God’s promise that they have been sealed with Holy Spirit for the Day of Redemption, they can suffer punishment and lose, for their failure to diligently seek Him and live according to His established standard of righteousness. Having knowledge of the fact that they are tripartite beings is essential to their development and maturity.
Every living human being is a "tripartite being" consisting of a spirit, a soul and a physical body that allows them to function on this physical plane. Upon receiving salvation, an individual's spirit is immediately regenerated (reborn), and sealed by Holy Spirit for the Day of Redemption, when Jesus Christ returns for the resurrection of The Church. The physical bodies of all who are saved will then be transformed and conformed to the image of Jesus Christ’s resurrected glorified body. The soul is another whole matter.
The soul is that part of man's tripartite being that is composed of the personality; in other words, the thoughts, feelings, desires and emotions of an individual. The mind is it's control center, as the brain is the control center of the physical body and it's various systems. God has given those who are saved, the responsibility of working daily with Holy Spirit, who is The Helper, The Comforter and most importantly, The Spirit of Truth who was implanted in their spirit, the very moment they became saved. Believers are made acutely aware through God's Word, that there exists an absolute necessity for them to daily feed themselves the Word of God, that will definitively renew their minds, and help them to avoid conforming to the ways of the world system which is ruled by Satan. This initiates the life long process of "sanctification" that is required to manifest the "Salvation of the Soul" spoken of in 1 Peter 1:9, that is the end result of their continued faith. The more that those who are saved become dedicated to daily reading, studying, meditating on and doing God’s word, the more their minds will be filled with righteous thoughts that will feed the spirit with more of the righteousness that it already contains. That righteousness of their spirit will then overflow and be released into their souls, placing the demand on their bodies to behave more righteously, to present a more righteous persona to the world daily. This is the ultimate desire of God for all of His redeemed sons and daughters. He desires they will all achieve the salvation of all three parts of their tripartite being.
God sacrificed His only begotten Son Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary for the redemption and salvation of every living being in the entire world. He and His Son both want to know how much those who are saved, really acknowledge and appreciate their unprecedented acts of sacrifice and suffering. They want to know who is willing to sacrifice their souls and it’s pleasures in the present Age of Grace, to help fulfill and manifest God’s eternal plan. Where do you stand?
“He Who Has Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear"