Matthew 16:27 (ESV): 27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.
Jesus had taken his disciples to the outskirts of Israel. He asked them who people said he was. Then, Jesus asked his disciples who they believed him to be. Peter answered with the great confession that Jesus is the Messiah.
Jesus responded by saying that upon this confession he would build his Church and Hell could withstand her. Furthermore, he delegated his authority to the disciples.
Jesus then continued to teach the disciples about his coming death. Peter did not like the sound of that and Jesus rebuked him. Then, Jesus went on to say that his disciples must deny themselves, take up their cross and follow him.
Jesus concluded this teaching by talking about values. Is it more important to gain everything in this world, but lose one’s soul?
It was then that Jesus spoke of returning with his angels and rewarding everyone according to their works.
Salvation is by grace through faith. We do not gain heaven by our good deeds. Yet there is a reward according to our deeds.
The wicked will be punished for their evil deeds. The righteous will stand forgiven for their sins by the blood of Christ. Yet the believer will also be rewarded for their faithfulness to Christ.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Help me to live worthy of you so that I might hear your welcome as a good and faithful servant when I enter into eternity. Amen.