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Are rewards the same for all, or do they differ in degree? MATTHEW 20:1ff

MATTHEW 20:1ff—Are rewards the same for all, do they differ in degree?

PROBLEM: told a parable of in each got the same pay even though each had worked a different number of hours. Yet in other places, speaks of different degrees of reward for working in God’s (cf. 1 Cor. 3:11–15; 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 22:12).

: There are different degrees of reward in heaven, depending on our faithfulness to Christ on earth. said, “I am coming quickly, and reward is with Me, to give to every one according to work” (Rev. 22:12). Paul said each believer’s work will be tried by fire and “ anyone’s work he built on it endures, he will receive a reward” (1 Cor. 3:14). In 2 Corinthians 5, he says must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ “that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to he done, whether good bad” (v. 10, emphasis added).

The of the parable in Matthew 20 is not that all rewards will be the same, but that all rewards are by grace. It is to show that God rewards on the basis of opportunity, not simply on accomplishment. Not all the servants had the opportunity to work for the master the same amount of time, but all, nevertheless, were given the same pay. God looks at our disposition as as our actions and judges accordingly.

Geisler, N. L., & , T. A. (1992). When critics ask : A popular handbook on Bible difficulties (351). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.

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