” Cast not away therefore your boldness, which have great recompense or reward. ” Hebrews 10: 35. The idea of earthly rewards as repayment for doing good is strong in the Old Testament and can be noted in the law, the history books – 1 Samuel 12: 14 ” Now if you fear and worship the Lord, and listen to his voice, and if you do not rebel against the Lord’s commands, then both you and your King will show that you recognize the Lord as your God. “or in extension with 2 Samuel 12: 10; 1 Kings 9: 4; 2 Kings 22: 19, and in the Prophets. Some Old Testament books recognize that this pattern of obedience, reward cannot be applied universally to life on earth, for often the righteous suffer. Thus the ultimate place of reward is the world beyond.
The New Testament continues to stress that judgment is in store for the disobedient but goes on to say that salvation itself is not a reward, but is by grace alone – Ephesians 2: 8 ” God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this it is a gift from God. “ Grace is God’s life – transforming gift of his favor to those who do not deserve it. The gift of salvation and forgiveness of sins is available for all through faith, accept his grace revealed in Jesus Christ, but so many miss the gift because they rely on themselves and try to earn grace by keeping the law. God’s grace also supplies us with everything we need for daily life, and to that end he invites us to come to Him with our needs.