Admittedly, rewards are more mysterious–and are a mystery – because they are presented at a judgment seat shrouded in mystery. The Bema seat is a mystery that was hidden for people that hid in God.
"And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables." Mark 4:11 "For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in." Rom 11:25 "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory" 1 Cor 2:7 "Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself." Eph 1:9 "To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." Col 1:27
A new creation.
These people are part of a new creation; a creation that was also a hidden mystery. Rewards for the glorified sons of God are related to the building up of the Body of Christ. Everything related to the Body of Christ is a mystery, hidden in God’s heart, from the foundation of the world – and not to be revealed until after the resurrection of Christ.
The Body of Christ
There is a group of people, called the Body of Christ, who are the children of God – the joint heirs of Jesus Christ.
"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God." Rom 8:15-16 "Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ." Eph 1:2
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