Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

1 Corinthians 4:2 “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.”

Luke 12:35-36 “Let your loins be girded about (the sign of a servant), and your lights burning;

And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.”

Every born again one is a servant of the Lord….with duties in His service to accomplish.

As servants of the Lord, there will be an accounting for each of us….what have we done with what He has given to us?

1 Corinthians 3:10-13 “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.”

The fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is….not how much it is….but what sort it is!

We will all give an account of “created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Ephesians 2:10)…those good works we were, to walk in.

We will either let Jesus purify us in the fires of trials….here; or see HIs fires burn up our wood, hay, and stubble at the Judgement Seat of Christ….there, in heaven.

When we are before His Judgement Seat….there are three materials that will not burn…, silver, and precious stones.

Gold….those acts done by the Holy Spirit through you. In your yielding to Him in

Your spirit, He works through you to bring His Will to pass.

It matters not if it is but a “word in due season”…..if the Holy Spirit has worked through you….it is gold.

Silver….always speaks of redemption and every redeeming act.

Every tract passed, under His direction,….every redeeming word of testimony,…every prayer or simple witness pointing to HIs invitation of redemption is silver.

(In the Tabernacle, all the poles, which held the beautiful while curtains around the Tabernacle…..were wood overlaid with silver. They were placed in pure silver holders, set on the desert floor. In the holy place within all was overlaid with gold,…….

……but all that encircled the place of God’s Presence with HIs people, spoke of redemption.)

Precious stones….these are those that we have led to Christ….or assisted leading them to the Lord.

His jewels (Malachi 3:17)….which He paid the price for, and we are to bring to Him and help.

(The High Priest had twelve precious stones set in his breastplate….each with the name of one of the twelve tribes engraved on it. He carried them near his heart….to show the love God has for His people.)

These will not burn in the day of Christ judging His church….”well done, thou good and faithful servant”.

But….. wood, hay and stubble will be manifest by fire….they will be burnt up.

All those acts done in the energy of the flesh….through self-will; or to the lifting up of self….(for if we are not doing it because we love Jesus, it is for the “love” of something else….praise, or appreciation, or because “we should”.)

….these will be revealed by fire….they will be burnt up….some will see little burnt up…..some will see a life time of acts burnt up….

….but “he himself shall be saved”(1 Corinthians 3:15)

In heaven some shall receive a reward…..

….(there are three crowns mentioned in scripture: the crown of righteousness for those who love HIs appearing 2 Timothy 4:8…..

….the crown of life for those who endure temptation James 1:12……

….and the crown of glory, for those who feed the flock of Christ, being examples to the flock 1 Peter 5:2-4)…

……and some shall “suffer loss” of the reward…they could have had.

Now I want to mention here….something so beautiful and blessed….

As we stand before Jesus and every thought and act we’ve done, is manifested…..every sin we did not confess….every rebellious thought….every hate filled act……and every trial and trouble seen (and our attitude toward them)….

….then….then…we will be given enlightened understanding as to why this had to be dealt with…..why they had to be…..what He purposed in this trial, and that terrible trouble….

….and then….we will see His hand upholding us against the devil’s wiles and fierceness….and how the losses we had, led us to Him…..

….everything in our lives will be understood….and blessedly put away. No more tears, no more hurt, no more trouble.

The white robe of purity will be given….and we shall dwell full of joy and peace….forever.

But now,….for now…..we are encouraged and empowered,….as we yield to the Holy Spirit, to be faithful and receive a full reward.

2 John 1:8 “Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.”

1 Corinthians 4:2 “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.”

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