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Receiving Divine Wages

Matthew 10:40-42

SUBJECT: Discipleship

EXEGETICAL PROPOSITION: Jesus wants his disciples to know that each person will be rewarded according to the manner in which he/she welcomes His witnesses.

SERMONIC PROPOSITION: Whoever welcomes Christ’s witnesses will receive a corresponding reward.

INTERROGATIVE: What rewards might one expect for his / her service?

KEYWORD: Rewards

I.    He who welcomes Christ into his/her life receives the reward of the Father - all spiritual blessings in Christ - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,  Eph 1:3.

A.    Spiritual blessings are of the Spirit. It is the Spirit that controls man and the circumstances that surround him.

B.    Spiritual blessings are the very opposite of temporal blessings. They are the blessings of the inner man, the blessings of the immortal. But of all blessings, they are the most glorious and satisfying.

C.    Spiritual blessings are vastly superior to material blessings. They are permanent and perfect and eternal, lasting forever.

D.    Spiritual blessings are found only in Christ. Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead and exalted to the right hand of God the Father. He is in heaven, surrounded by all the heavenly atmosphere and blessings. All heavenly blessings are His; He is Lord and Possesser of all blessings. Therefore, if a person is to experience the spiritual blessings, he must be in Christ.

II.     He who welcomes the minister of the Word in the name of the office he has been called to receives the reward that comes from the prophetic word

- Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. Ps 119:105

III.    He who welcomes a righteous man because he lives a life consistent with the commandments of God will receive the reward of righteousness - For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith.”Ro 1:17

A.   Man has a serious problem. He thinks he is righteous. Man thinks that he is good enough and that he does enough good to be acceptable to God.

B.   Man thinks he is righteous and that he walks righteously enough to be acceptable to God.

IV.   He who lives a life of a disciple will not lose his reward - “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Mt 5:8.  The person who is "pure in heart" lives a clean life.

A.   He "keeps himself unspotted from the world."

B.   He washes his heart from wickedness that he may be saved.

C.   He obeys the truth through the working of the Holy Spirit.

D.   He keeps his hands clean.

E.   He seeks to be without spot and blameless.

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