The apostle Paul, undoubtedly one of the greatest Christians of the church age, nevertheless, saw a personal need to “press toward the goal for the prize” (reward), desiring to “attain to the out-resurrection.” Pastor Hollandsworth uncovers the meaning of this often-ignored term and reveals the apostle’s driving passion to “gain Christ and be found in Him,” counting everything else as loss. This same passion should consume every child of God.
In this second of a two-part episode, Pastor Hollandsworth continues to explain the spectacular rewards for overcomers in Rev. 2-3, some of which are quite mysterious. He gives a possible meaning for the reward that overcomers will NOT be blotted out of the Book of Life and tackles the puzzling question of how non-overcomers WILL be blotted out of the Book of Life.
One of the promises for overcomers is that they will not be hurt of the second death. What does that mean? Pastor Hollandsworth – in the first of a two-part episode – describes the rewards for overcomers in Rev. 2-3, pointing out from the Scriptures that NOT all saints are overcomers. He offers a possible explanation as to how unfaithful believers could be hurt of the second death at the Bema.
Some believers are troubled by a system of rewards to be selectively dispensed at the Bema, particularly the idea of negative reward. They think all believers are overcomers, by nature of their position in Christ. Pastor Hollandsworth explores the various motivations for serving Jesus, given in Scripture, and points out the abundant biblical basis for rewards, while debunking the “entitlement mentality,” which is so common in traditional Christianity.
The term “outer darkness” is widely understood as a description of Hell for unbelievers. Pastor Hollandsworth looks at the three places the term is used in the New Testament, gives a biblical definition, and shows that it is NOT referring to Hell but, rather, to the realm of the kingdom where unfaithful believers will be consigned during the Millennium. He also distinguishes outer darkness from the erroneous doctrine of purgatory.