Does God bless you because of hard work or good behaviour? Many people think that they should work hard so that God will reward them with what they deserve. The Bible teaches that what God gives is not due to merit, but to his grace in Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:10 says that we will receive what is due us for what we have done on earth. Does this mean that we are judged based on merit? What does it mean that we will be rewarded for our good deeds?
In this final article to the series, the author provides answers to more objections to the teaching of the existence of a separate state of souls between death and the resurrection. Predominant in these answers are the subjects of death, reward, and punishment.
What happens to our good works in the age to come? Can our good works survive the fire of God's judgment? Are our good works relevant for the coming glory? And what about the "reward" for our good works in the new heaven and earth? Are there differences of reward in heaven? This article addresses all these question.