To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
Thoughts for Today:Paul is saying our way of life will be the basis for our judgment. In Revelation 20:12, John wrote, "And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books." In other words, the man (or woman) who wants to work for eternal life may do so and a record will be kept.
However, whatever good we've done won't matter if our name isn't written in "the book of life." Revelation 20:15, "If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire." Isn't that a sobering comment for not only the evildoer but the both the do-gooder as well? Here's the solution: Our faith and belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the only way our name in placed "the book of life." Therefore, eternal life is not a reward for our effort, it is the gift for all who trust in Jesus.
Questions to Ponder:Are you self-seeking; do you reject the truth; do you follow evil? Paul tells us if we do: "there will be wrath and anger...trouble and distress." I personally choose the opposite -- which is available to all of us who trust Christ: "glory, honor, peace, and immortality." Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Will you recognize His truth? Will you accept the gift of eternal life for all who place their faith in Jesus?