Whose Honor Are You Seeking?

“There is therefore no doubt whatsoever that Jesus uses the idea of reward as an incentive to spur his disciples toward faithfulness and perseverance in pursuit of their calling. But he stated with equal forcefulness that those who do something to show off to others have already lost their reward from God. . . . [T]his kingdom is not purely a state of happiness consisting in external blessings but includes being a child of God and having purity of heart.” (Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, Vol. 4, p. 234)

“The Christian is to live in such a way that men looking at him, and seeing the quality of his life, will glorify God. He must always remember at the same time that he is not to do things in order that he may attract attention to himself.” (Martyn Lloyd-Jones Studies in the Sermon on the Mount)

“Whenever Jesus speaks of ‘your Father in heaven’ . . . he has in view the exclusive relationship between the Lord and those who will share in the bliss of the kingdom of heaven, and share in it now already.” (Herman Ridderbos The Coming of the Kingdom)

Quotes from the Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church

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