Signs of the Times

Rev. John L. Riach, B.D. in an article in The Expository Times Edinburgh, Scotland

"Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven" (Matt. 5:12).

A close study of the Gospels reveals that, without shadow of doubt, Jesus had a good deal to say about goodness being rewarded. Several of his parables have to do with the matter of reward, while in the Sermon on the Mount the idea of reward crops up again and again.... In the last of the Beatitudes, he encouraged his followers not to quail before the persecution which he knew would be inevitable: for, if they were ready to throw their lives away for the faith, they would find that their reward in heaven would be great.

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