2 TIMOTHY‬ ‭4:6-8‬ ‭‬‬

“As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.”

2 Timothy‬ ‭4:6-8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Paul notes that his journey is coming to an end. At this end, he not only feels that he will meet his maker, but that he will receive a just reward for the way in which he conducted himself. This reward goes beyond the fact of his salvation. Many believers think the end goal for their walk with God is about their salvation but salvation is merely the start of what it means to be with God in eternity. As Paul looks forward to ending this life, he looks forward to entering the next with a new character trait. Whereas before, he lived with a sin riddled heart that translated to a sin filled life, Paul knows that the next life will be filled with righteousness. This is because of sanctification in the salvation process. Because he has worked toward his own sanctification, he feels confident that he will be granted its full effect in the next life. Many believers are daunted by the idea that they have to be righteous after Christ absolves their sin. Paul stands in contrast, as he has learned to rely on God’s grace. As we think about our future rewards with God, we must remember that we will always rely on his grace. This is what will give us the hope of sanctification and living in a future of righteous works, even after this life.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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