[quote=catholic-rcia][font=Times New Roman]That would be a serious distortion of 1 Cor 15:40-42
Ah no… Paul flat out says there are three levels of Glory in the ressurection. He makes reference to it here as well.
2 Cor. 3: 18
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
The Parable of the Talents is dirrectly related to the rewards that Christ will met out at the second coming.
So it detracts from our only true center to be found “Christ” Are we looking for rewards in heaven?
Perhaps you should not be lecturing the Savior the Apostles and the early saints like that.
Why did they do what they did? Even Giving their lives willingy to the lions.
Heb. 11: 35
35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
Matt. 6: 20
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Matt. 13: 44
44 ¶ Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
Matt. 19: 21
21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
Luke 12: 33
33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
Luke 18: 22
22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
2 Jn. 1: 8
8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
Matt. 10: 41
41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.
Matt. 10: 42
42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
Luke 6: 23
23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
1 Cor. 3: 14
14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
Consider the reward…
Matt. 5: 12
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Matt. 6: 1
1 TAKE heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Matt. 6: 6
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Matt. 6: 18
18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
Matt. 16: 27
27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
Luke 6: 35
35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
1 Cor. 3: 8
8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
1 Cor. 9: 17
17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
Col. 2: 18
18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
Col. 3: 24
24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
Heb. 10: 35
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
Heb. 11: 6
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
I don’t know about you but Im like the Apostle John… I want a full reward. I never liked a half full cup.