Why aren’t we following Paul as he followed Jesus?

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I Corinthians 11:1 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. 

How did Paul follow the example of Jesus Christ?

1 Peter 1:13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.

What did Paul mean by “the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed”?

Colossians 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

What did Paul mean by “then you also will appear with him in glory”?

2 Corinthians 5:9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

Paul’s hope was not set only on receiving eternal life in heaven through faith in Christ, but also on receiving his eternal reward at the judgment seat of Christ—consisting of authority to reign with Jesus Christ in his coming kingdom.

Most believers in the prosperous West understandably hope for good things for themselves and their loved ones during their brief time on earth. But often this hope for good things in this life overshadows their hope regarding the grace to be brought to them when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. This grace includes the extent of their eternal reward— based on and proportional to what they have actually accomplished for the Lord while on earth.

It was Paul to whom the Lord gave this extraordinary revelation about eternal rewards in heaven. And it was Paul who urged us to “set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

Should we not follow the example of Paul?

Eternal reward in the next age

 

 

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