Remorse and Regret
‘Suffer loss’. The b?ma is not just a prize giving; wrongs will be righted. Scriptures that teach this are (emphasis mine):
Recompense and Reward
‘My reward is with me’. Six ways of expressing reward are to be seen:
1 ‘Behold, I come quickly and my reward is with me’, Rev 22. 12. This reward is payment for work done whether good or bad;
2 ‘I press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus’, Phil. 3. 14. The reward is seen by Paul as a prize to be won.
3 ‘the Lord come … and then shall every man [one] have praise of God’, 1 Cor. 4. 5. The reward is described not only as payment and a prize, but in terms of praise received of God, for example, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant … enter thou into the joy of thy Lord’, Matt. 25. 21-23;
4 ‘And cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord’, Rev. 4. 10, 11. The New Testament speaks of reward in terms of crowns awarded. Ultimately, the crown is cast before the throne, for only Christ is worthy to receive honour. Five crowns are recorded. They are not diademata, or royal crowns, but those given to overcomers – to the victorious, the stephanos.
An incorruptible crown for self-control of the old man, 1 Cor. 9. 25;
a) A crown of righteousness for lovers of the second coming of Christ, 2 Tim. 4. 8;
b) A crown of life for suffering trials and martyrdom, Jas. 1. 12; Rev. 2. 10;
c) A crown of unfading glory for shepherding the flock, 1 Pet. 5. 4;
d) A crown of rejoicing for the soul winner, 1 Thess. 2. 19.
5 Reward is further treated as a capacity to display God’s glory by the degree of light that emanates from our glorified bodies. A cameo of this is seen on the Mount of Transfiguration when Christ radiated light from His person. ‘And they that be wise [teachers] shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness [evangelists] as the stars for ever and ever’, Dan. 12. 3. ‘Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father’, Matt. 13. 43. ‘For one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead’, 1 Cor. 15. 40-42;
6 Reward is demonstrated by cooperation with Christ in His millennial rule. ‘And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing, that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ’, Col. 3. 23, 24; ‘Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord’, Matt. 25. 21, 23; ‘Occupy till I come. Then came the first …
have thou authority over ten cities … and the second came … Be thou also over five cities’, Luke 19. 16-19. Under the rule of Christ we will have responsibility over cities. The number of those cities depends on our faithfulness to Christ during our Christian life here and now, whether it be ten or five or whatever.
The challenge to every believer remains; will I be a winner or a loser at the b?ma? Will I be saved by the skin of my teeth or will I gain an abundant entrance into the everlasting kingdom?