II Timothy 2:12 “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him…”
Salvation is a gift that is given by God through the Incarnate Word of God. Jesus, who was born of God born by a virgin birth, lived the life of man, “…yet without sin.” His life taught Him how to be a servant unto death and it was through living that life, He understood the temptations of man. The Bible is our guide in this life on how to live justly and walk humbly through the example of Christ. The Bible then shows us that salvation is attainable because of the sacrifice of Christ and by believing in Him by grace through faith. It is our faith in the finished work of Calvary that gives us assurance that God’s grace provides this special gift of a relationship with God. We become “the sons of God” by trusting in His Word.
We are His heir, and we receive benefits that come with kinship. Some of these benefits are the righteousness of Christ, the promises of heaven, the joy of abundant living, liberty, justification, sanctification, and so much more. The Bible uses the phrase: “work out your own salvation.” It does not mean to work FOR your salvation, but there are crowns that we can get when we get to heaven as obedient christians here in this life. There is a crown of rejoicing (I Thes 2:19), crown of righteousness (II Tim 4:8), crown of life (James 1:12), and a crown of glory (I Pet 5:4). When you are a child of God, you will never be disowned, but you choose whether or not you please your Heavenly Father. When I kept my room clean, the benefit was having my room clean, I would be able to find what I need, it would smell better, and I would have a better quality of life. If I did not, My dad would never say, “You are not my son, because you did not clean your room.” My dad would not disown me for doing drugs, but he will be broken-hearted because it would destroy my body, my mind, and my quality of life. It would not change my position as a son, but it would hinder my relationship with my father.
The same stands with the Lord. The Lord calls us to live a holy and clean life for our over all benefit. It breaks his heart when we, as His children, abide in sin, rebellion, disobedience, and disrespect. But if we are obedient, the rewards are out of this world. If we suffer for Him, His promise is that we will reign with Him. It is the rewards after salvation.