Life Theology

Monday Miscellanies: Rewards

A guest post by Jonathan Edwards

168. Rewards

How is it said that our happiness is the reward of holiness and good works, and yet that we are made happy wholly and solely for the sake of Christ? I answer, ’tis not solely by Christ that we have holiness and good works given us, but ’tis only by him that our holiness and good works are capable of a reward. He purchased holiness for us, which is indeed not different from happiness; and he purchased that they should be capable of a reward, and should be rewarded, yea that their good works should be worthy of a reward. So that properly, now, the good works of saints are worthy of being rewarded; the saints are worthy to walk in white [Revelation 3:4].