Two Sides of the Same Coin

Salvation by faith / Rewards by works

   Saved by grace, rewarded according to works. Like apples and oranges. In a nutshell, salvation is getting there, rewards is what you do after you arrive. Like a factory, all might be hired but not all receive high positions. Those with the greater past record and better qualifications get the better jobs. The slothful servant might be lucky to get latrine duty, whereas the others, Plant Manager and assistant plant manager.

   Here are two of the rewards listed in Revelation.

Revelation 3:12: Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God. Perhaps like saying, "You see Joe over there, he's a pillar of this church."

Revelation 3:21: To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne. Perhaps like the President saying, "I've been keeping an eye on you, and on what you have accomplished, would you like to be a member of my Cabinet here in the White House."

   Here in America all are citizens (like all are saved), but only a few work for the President in the White House. (Like few are rewarded.) 

   In the parable of the ten servants, they were judged by their works. The servant with the greatest (visible) works demonstrated the greatest (invisible) faith. The servant with no (visible) works lost what little he had as it was taken from him and given to another.

Watch what you say.

 The Law is, Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord Thy God in vain.

Exodus 22:28 is a Statute under this law is,  Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people. 

Ecclesiastes 10:20 Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.

The Judgment could be a visit from the Secret Service, not getting that promotion at work, lack of a business opportunity when the 'rich' man becomes offended and  decides to buy from another supplier. 

Food Laws

Exodus 22:31 And ye shall be holy men unto me: neither shall ye eat [any] flesh [that is] torn of beasts in the field; ye shall cast it to the dogs.

With this verse we begin a introductory study of food laws.

Leviticus 22:8 That which dieth of itself, or is torn [with beasts], he shall not eat to defile himself therewith: I [am] the LORD.

Ezekiel 4:14 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth.

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Question 49: While hunting you find a deer that appears to have been killed earlier in the day. Can you take it home and make "road kill stew"? If "no" why?

   Yes.  Especially if it is very cold and there has been no time for spoilage. 

   No. There are certain things 'holy' men do not do.

   No, because God said so.

   Both '2' and '3' above.