Are There Degrees of Reward and Punishment in Eternity?

Degrees of Reward and Punishment

Matthew 6:19-21

I. Degrees of Reward in Heaven

    A. All who remain faithful will receive an eternal reward (Revelation 2:7, 10; 3:5, 21; Philippians 3:12-14)
    B. We cannot earn entrance to heaven, but we will be rewarded for what we have done (Luke 19:12-26)
    C. The teacher is rewarded for the faithfulness of converts (1 Corinthians 3:5-15)
    D. Wayne Jackson: “The implication is plain – the more of our converts who endure and finally arrive in heaven, the greater our joy and reward will be.”

II. Degrees of Punishment in Hell

    A. “More tolerable for Tyre and Sidon” (Matthew 11:20-24)
    B. Guy N. Woods: “The greater the responsibility, the greater the guilt; the greater the guilt, the greater the punishment, in the day of final accounting.”
    C. “Of how much worse punishment” (Hebrews 10:24-29; 2:1-4)
    D. “The latter end is worse for them than the beginning” (2 Peter 2:20)
    E. Many stripes vs. few stripes (Luke 12:41-48)

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