Kether is the top sphere in the Qabalah and
represents completion of the Great Work. It is where you receive the Crown of
Righteousness and the Crown of Life. Kether is where you will spend eternity, if
your name is found written in the Lamb's Book of Life, and it represents Heaven.
The name of God associated with Kether is Eheieh (I am that I am), which is the
name that God used with Moses when He sent him to Egypt to free the Hebrew
people from slavery.
Exodus 3:13-15 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? What shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
God identified Himself to Moses as, “I am that I am.” Meaning that He exists and was eternal, as opposed to the idolatry of the time wherein people worshipped images that were made with human hands. God identified Himself as the true God that actually exists.
In the above verses, God also identifies Himself using the Tetragrammaton (the four-letter name of God). This is the sacred name of God that was only pronounced once a year on the Day of Atonement when the priest would enter the Holiest of Holies. In the past while reading the scriptures the Jews would say the word Adonai, which means Lord in place of the four-letter name of God. The Bibles that are printed in our time write the word LORD in all capital letters to signify that the four-letter name of God was being used.
The Tetragrammaton consists of the Hebrew letters Yod Heh Vav Heh, (YHVH). The Tetragrammaton is considered the unpronounceable name of God because the four letters in the Tetragrammaton are all constants and the vowel sounds that go with them were only passed down orally to the priests in the nation of Israel. This was done to prevent the common use of the name and to keep it Holy. Some pronunciations of the four-letter name of God are Yahweh or Jehovah.
Exodus 6:2-3 And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.
God revealed to Moses the Tetragrammaton or the true name of God, which God had not revealed until this time. God identified Himself to Moses as I AM THAT I AM, as YHVH, and as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Calling Himself the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob identifies to the people that He is the same God that their ancestors worshipped. God also identified Himself as the Tetragrammaton and as the one true God (that actually exists) to give His people a deeper understanding of Him.
Kether (Crown) represents completion of the Great Work. It is at this sphere of the Qabalah where you (like Moses) will meet God face to face. This sphere represents the completion of the work you started in Malkuth. Completion of the quest for the Holy Grail or the Philosophers Stone; your soul should have been purified, the work of the Holy Spirit of renewing your mind and conforming you to the image of Christ should have been completed. You have finished the race and achieved salvation. You are an adopted child of God and coheir to Heaven. This is the sphere at the top of the Qabalah, the sphere that you climb the Tree of Life to get to. This sphere represents the goal of your life, your Magnum Opus.
2 Timothy 4:5-8 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
To reach the sphere of Kether we must fight the good fight, endure afflictions, and fulfill our Christian responsibilities on earth. The gift of salvation is a gift from God through the sacrifice of His son Jesus Christ, but the Crown of Righteousness is a reward that you earn during your baptism with fire, when you overcome the world and follow Christ.
Hebrews 6:10-12 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
1 Timothy 6:11-14 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
We are to work diligently and not become slothful. We are to have faith, love, and patience. We are to follow Christ and confess His name in front of men; in the same way that Jesus made the good confession in front of Pontius Pilate when He was facing death. We are to purify ourselves, and be found without spot or blemish at the coming of our Lord.
1 Corinthians 9:24-25 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
We are to put forth effort, display discipline, and vigorously seek our salvation as if we were competing in a race that will only have one winner. We need to say to ourselves, “I want to win!”
When you accept the sacrifice of Christ you receive salvation, but it is conditional on other things. You are saved through your faith in Jesus Christ (John 6:47), but faith without works is dead (James 2:17). If you have faith and believe in Christ, then you would do the things He asked you to (John 14:15). You must repent (Matthew 3:2, Acts 2:38), meaning that you must genuinely regret sinning, and seek to change your way of life (Matthew 9:13).
You must obey the commandments of God and follow Christ (Matthew 19:16-21, Luke 14:27). You must be born again and be baptized (John 3:5, Acts 2:38). You must confess Christ before men (Romans 10:10, Matthew 10:32). You will be disciplined by God (Hebrews 12:7), and you must keep your faith to the end (Matthew 24:13, James 1:12). It is our job to be obedient to the ordinances of God. We are to be humble servants of our Lord and do our duty.
Luke 17:7-10 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
As servants of God we are to fulfill our duties, and remain humble; by doing so we will be exalted on the day of the Lord.
Matthew 23:11-12 But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Luke 14:8-11 When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, 'Give place to this man,' and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, 'Friend, go up higher.' Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
If we humble ourselves we will be exalted. By humbling ourselves we are following the example of Christ. Christ came not to be served, but to serve. He willing laid down His life for us, and because of this, God exalted Him above every other creature in Heaven and on the Earth.
Philippians 2:8-10 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth
The Great Work of purifying our souls, and the work of the Holy Spirit of conforming us to the image of Christ, is our duty and obligated service as Christians. We are saved by grace (Titus 3:5, Ephesians 2:8-9), but we are also required to work out our own salvations (James 2:17, Philippians 2:12). Our work is to live a holy life devoted to God observing all the things He has commanded us (Matthew 28:20).
We do not earn our salvation through our works, but works are necessary for us to sustain our salvation. The Bible is clear that we need to keep our faith and endure until the end (Matthew 24:13, James 1:12). However, as Christians we also have some assurances of our salvation.
John 10:27-29 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
God is greater than all. If you belong to God then no one can pluck you out of His hand. God is with you and will sustain you. This gives us assurance that God will protect us and that we will not lose our salvation; however, it is conditional on a few things. We must listen to Jesus (hear His voice), He must know us (recognize our faithfulness), and we must follow Him (obey).
Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
Jesus can save anyone that comes to God through Him, and He continually acts as a mediator to God on our behalfs. He defends His people to His father.
Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise
Once you have put your faith in Jesus your salvation is sealed by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will assist you in the work that lies ahead. The Holy Spirit will act as a sort of conscience for you that will keep you on the straight and narrow path of the Lord. You have a helper to assist you in your work, and for you to go astray you would have to deny the work of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
All things work together for the good of those that love God. If you love God, He will discipline you because you are accepted as His son (Hebrews 12:6-8). He will teach you lessons to assist you in building your temple of righteousness (Ephesians 2:21). During the discipline it might seem like you are by yourself, but God is always with you. If you are sincerely living your life for Christ, it is more likely that you will experience discipline in your life as opposed to losing your salvation. This promise is also conditional on whether or not you love God.
Romans 10:9-11 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
To be saved you must have faith and confess the name of Christ before men. You are not to be ashamed of your faith. If the cultures in the world have changed and being a Christian is not politically correct anymore, you still should be proud to be a Christian.
Mark 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
We are not to be ashamed that we do not fit in with the sinners of the world. We are actually called to be separate from them (2 Corinthians 6:17). We are to be proud of our faith and rejoice at the gifts that have been given to us.
Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
The above verse again brings up the point that we must worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:23). God knows the hearts of all men (Acts 1:24). You need to be baptized to be saved, but you are not saved because you are baptized. Baptism is an act of obedience to the commandments of God. The act of baptism is not what saves you. You are saved because of the promises of God that accompanies baptism. Quid pro Quo; if you do this, He will do that. The above verse refers to people that get baptized, but either do not really believe in what they are doing, or do not have any intention of following Christ.
Just because you get baptized that does not mean that you have been saved. Faith in God and a willingness to follow Him must accompany the act of baptism. You must know what you are getting into. At baptism you make a conscious decision to live out the rest of your life for Christ, and this decision is not something to be taken lightly (Luke 14:27-28). Think of baptism as a marriage ceremony – when you promise to love, honor, and obey Christ. Once you have been baptized you become the Bride of Christ, and you are then betrothed to Him, awaiting His Second Coming (Revelations 21:9).
Once you are betrothed you must remain faithful knowing that the unfaithful and adulterers will be destroyed and lose their salvation (Deuteronomy 22:23-24, 1 Corinthians 6:9). Baptism is an important event in every believer’s life, and should be taken seriously. If someone gets baptized only to please their spouse or their parents, they will not automatically be saved. However, if you do believe and are baptized you will be sealed for the Day of Redemption, have your sins washed away, you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and will be born again into the body of Christ (John 3:3-5). This is a promise from God and God is always faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9).
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
We must believe and have faith in Jesus Christ and in the promises He has given to those that follow Him.
Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
We are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, meaning we are to continue to obey the gospel, and carefully straighten out any areas of our lives that may be lacking. We are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, because we understand that not every person who believes himself/herself to be a Christian will make it into Heaven.
Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
The people in the above verses are people who claimed to be Christians. They prophesied in Jesus’ name, sang hymns at church, cast out demons, were slain in the spirit, and did many things that they believed to be wonderful, but Jesus did not know them and their salvation was lost. They may have grown up in a church, dressed up in their finest clothes every Sunday, and sang in the church choir, but they were not truly Christians because they were not really following Christ. The one who will be accepted into Heaven are the ones who do the will of God. We must hear the word of God and abide by it.
Matthew 7:24-27 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
The key to salvation is to follow the teachings in the Bible, and to live your life for Christ. Salvation is a gift from God. It is a gift that He offers to us freely, but we must actively accept it, and diligently pursue our salvation. To further examine the process of the Great Work we will look at some of the messages that Christ gave to the seven churches in the Book of Revelations.
Revelations 2:2-7 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Jesus knows each individual’s works. He begins by telling the church of Ephesus the things that it is doing well. Next, He tells them the areas they need to improve in. The church in Ephesians was complimented on their love and faith previously (Ephesians 1:15), but they have become lacking in those areas. Jesus warns them to repent and fix the areas they are now lacking. He warns that if they do not repent He will come quickly and remove their candlestick from His place, meaning remove that church from Heaven. Jesus was the keeper of the seven candlesticks, which represent the seven churches in Heaven (Revelations 1:12-13). Jesus then goes on to tell the church that if they repent (fix the areas they are lacking in) and overcome then He will allow them to eat from the Tree of Life in Paradise.
The next church Jesus addresses is the church in Pergamos. This church had evil all around it in the local area, but the members of the church remained faithful and did not deny Christ even when one of its members was martyred (Revelations 2:13). The problem with this church was that some of its members were causing other members to stumble out of greed (Revelations 2:14). Jesus warns them that if they do not repent then He will destroy the guilty parties with the sword of His mouth (Revelations 2:16).
Revelations 2:19-24 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
The church in Thyatira was a good church and was constantly improving. The problem with this church is that they allowed one of their members to lead the others astray. They did not rebuke her, which was their Christian duty (1 Timothy 5:20). Jesus tells the church that He will cast her into a bed and allow people to fornicate with her, meaning that He will allow her to continue to seduce the other members with her false doctrines, and the other members that commit adultery with her Christ will discipline by giving them great tribulation. If they do not repent of their deeds, but become followers (children) of her false doctrines then they will be destroyed. The rest of the church that is not corrupted is asked only to continue doing the things they are doing well. Every individual will be judged according to their own works (Revelations 2:23).
The church in Sardis is told that they are a dead church, meaning their works are empty and void (Revelations 3:1). Jesus warns the church to revive itself and repent. Those that overcome will be accepted into Heaven, but the other church members will be lost. Jesus will confess the names of those that overcome to His father, but the rest are in danger of having their names blotted out of the Book of Life (Revelations 3:5).
Revelations 3:7-11 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Jesus had nothing bad to say about the church in Philadelphia. They kept His word and did not deny His name. People in their city opposed them, but due to the faith of the church in Philadelphia Jesus promised that He will reward them by keeping them from the hour of temptation, and He will cause the synagogue of Satan to worship Him in front of them. Christ then warns them to hold fast to their beliefs so that no one steals their crown.
Revelations 3:15- I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
The church of Laodiceans was a church that was lukewarm, and because of this was in danger of being spit out. They made Christ want to throw up. They were happy with their material lives and were not seeking God. They thought that they were not lacking anything, but they were really wretched, poor, blind, and naked. They were lost.
Being lukewarm might also represent that they were trying to stay in the middle of things, meaning they wanted to be politically correct, and not to offend anyone by their beliefs. They fit in with society. Maybe the church was taking on unbiblical practices that were politically correct and accepted by the culture they were living in, but were not according to God’s will and the principles set forth in the Bible.
This is a church that believed that it was a ‘good church’ and the people probably expected to go to Heaven, but the church was lost. Christ was not a part of this church at all. He was outside of the church knocking on the door. He told the church that if any member would open the door to Him then He would come and be with that person.
Christ counseled them to seek spiritual riches from Him. He mentions that in their present situation they cannot even see, and are in need of discipline and repentance as if they were baby Christians, who had not even begun the Great Work. Not all hope is lost for this church, those who open the door to Christ and follow Him, and endure until the end will become coheirs with Christ in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Culture is a major problem that many churches face today. The morals of modern day society are different from the morals and values that are taught in the Bible. In today’s society there is a great deal of emphasis placed on being politically correct and in being careful not to offend anybody or cause them to feel uncomfortable in anyway.
The values and morals of modern day society are misaligned. If you use the wrong words to describe a person’s gender or national origin, society is ready to hang you on the spot, but when the professional boxer Mike Tyson raped a woman, people could not wait for him to get back into the ring. Likewise, the pop-singer Michael Jackson has been accused of molesting children numerous times over the past few years, and people are still purchasing and playing his albums.
The values in the culture of modern society have entered the church, and because the lives of the church members are so intertwined with the culture they live in, many of them don’t even realize that their practices differ from what is taught in the Bible. Many Christians were raised to believe that they are to attend church every Sunday in their finest clothes. This is not a scriptural practice but a cultural one.
Nowhere in the Bible does it say to dress up for church. The Bible warns its members not to make distinctions between others based on their appearances (James 2:2-4), and says to give your heart to God and not your garments (Joel 2:13). There isn’t really any harm done by allowing church members to come to church dressed up, but where do you draw the line?
Should we allow women (1 Corinthians 14:34-35) or homosexuals (1 Corinthians 6:9, Leviticus 20:13) to be the church leaders or preachers (like some Methodist churches do)? Should we allow priests to continue in their positions after having been charged with molesting children (Matthew 18:6-7, Leviticus 20:12)? Is it all right for Mormons to have received a different gospel from an angel (Galatians 1:8)?
The cultural influences on a church can cause the church to be lukewarm or can place a stumbling block before its members. As members of a church we are responsible for the actions of the other church members (Revelations 2:20-22), but ultimately we will be judged by our own actions (Revelations 2:23).
As Christians we need to obey all the things that we have been commanded in the Bible (Matthew 28:20), there is no way around it. We are called to separate ourselves from this crooked and perverse generation (2 Corinthians 6:17, Philippians 2:15). The time that has already past, was sufficient for us to have experienced the lusts of this world – now we are called to be separate and holy (1 Peter 4:3).
Salvation is a gift from God; with it we receive both assurances of our salvation and warnings of the possibility of losing it. We are assured the no one is able to pluck us out of God’s hand (John 10:29). Jesus continually defends us before His father (Hebrews 7:25). We have been sealed by the Holy Spirit to help us on our Christian walk (Ephesians 1:13), and if we love God all things will work together to our benefit and towards our salvation (Romans 8:28). With these promises the only way for us to lose our salvation is by our own doing and choice.
We a warned that not everybody that thinks they are going to get into Heaven will be allowed in (Matthew 7:21). Some will be destroyed along with the non-believers (Revelations 2:16). Some people’s names may be blotted out of the Book of Life (Revelations 3:5). We are warned not to allow others to steal our crown by leading us astray (Revelations 3:11), and if we are lukewarm we will be vomited out of His mouth (Revelations 3:16).
For us to lose our salvation, would require us to make a conscious decision to go against the teachings of God. We are told numerous times that if we endure until the end we will be saved. The only thing you need to do to sustain your salvation is continue living your life for God, which is the Great Work that we have been discussing in this book. As long as you do not commit the sins listed in the Bible, and continue trying to live a holy life you will be all right.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
Galatians 5:19-25 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
The opportunity of salvation is a free gift given to us through the grace of God and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Salvation is available to all that seek it, and to those who choose to live their lives for Christ. It is through our faith in Christ that we are all allowed into Heaven. It is our duty as servants of God to fight the good fight on earth (2 Timothy 4:5-8), but once we make it to Heaven we will receive differing degrees of rewards according to our deeds.
2 Samuel 22:21-26 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them. I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity. Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight. With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt show thyself upright.
2 Chronicles 15:7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.
If we remain faithful to God, we will be rewarded both while on earth and when we get to Heaven.
Matthew 5:11-12 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Luke 6:35 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.
If we face persecution on earth, we will be rewarded greatly for our endurance when we get to Heaven. The better a Christian life we lead, the greater our reward will be.
1 Corinthians 3:8-10 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. According to
1 Corinthians 3:13-15 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Everyone will be rewarded according to his or her own labor and efforts. Our work will be tested, and if it is good, we will be rewarded. If our work is lacking, we will suffer loss, but will maintain our salvation; although, we may be disciplined.
Colossians 3:22-24 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
The above verses tell us that by being a good employee at our earthly job, we are representing God, and earning our share of the inheritance. We are to work wholeheartedly, as if we were working for the Lord, and not for men.
Hebrews 10:35-37 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.
Hebrews 11:6 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.
We will be rewarded according to our faith and confidence in the Lord. God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Revelations 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Matthew 16:27 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.
Psalm 62:12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.
Everyone that truly follows Christ will receive salvation and enter into Heaven. Once we are in Heaven every individual will be judged, and will receive a reward according to their deeds.
Matthew 6:19-20 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal
Matthew 19:21 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.
We can store up treasures in Heaven for ourselves based on our works and our deeds. The Bible does not specifically say what these treasures will be, but it does state that everyone will receive differing degrees of rewards based on the things they have done. The twelve disciples were told they would be rewarded by sitting on twelve thrones from which they would judge the twelve tribes of Israel (Matthew 19:28). We will all stand before the judgment seat of God, and will give an account for all our deeds.
Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Romans 2:5-8 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Revelations 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
We will give an account for all the things we have done. The righteous will be rewarded with glory, honor, and eternal life, but the wicked will face wrath and damnation. Kether represents a Crown. There are many different crowns mentioned in the Bible, all of which are earn by works.
Proverbs 14:18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
The prudent will be crowned with knowledge. If you study the scriptures diligently, God will reward you (Hebrews 11:6).
Matthew 27:29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
A crown of thorns was pounded onto Christ’s head. Thorns represent sin, because thorns and thistles did not exist on the earth until after the fall of man. Jesus received a crown of thorns to signify that He was taking on the sins of the world. Because of Jesus’ deeds on earth, He was exalted above every creature in Heaven and on earth. He has since been rewarded in Heaven with many crowns (Revelations 19:12).
2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
Revelations 2:10-11 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
1 Peter 5:2-4 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
For living a good life we will receive a Crown of Righteousness. For enduring temptation (because of our love for God) we will receive the Crown of Life, which represents eternal life. For setting a good example for our flock, we will receive a Crown of Glory that will never fade away.
Receiving the Crown of Life in Kether represents Completion of the Great Work, and acceptance into Heaven. Heaven is the place that we will spend the rest of eternity. In the New Jerusalem – which is the Heaven that will be built at the Second Coming of Christ – there will be no more sorrow.
Isaiah 65:17-19 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice forever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
Revelations 21:1-4 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
There will be great joy in the New Jerusalem. God will dwell with His people, and will wipe away every tear. There will no longer be any pain or sorrow.
Revelations 21:22-27 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
The New Jerusalem is only for those whose names are found written in the Book of Life. There will not be a need for the sun or the moon, because God and Christ will be the light of it. The kings of the earth will bring their glory and honor into it, which may be referring to those who are saved that receive a Crown of Glory as a reward. There is no need to close the gates, it is always day there, and people dwell in safety. No evil will be found there.
Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra's hole, And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper's den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
In Isaiah’s description of Heaven, the animals that would normally hunt each other will dwell together in peace and harmony. Children will be safe, and no creature will be hurt on God’s holy mountain. Every creature will possess the knowledge of the Lord (YHVH). Jesus is the symbol of salvation, and the rest He gives will be glorious.
The Garden of Eden before it was corrupted is a good example of what Heaven might be like. Humans and animals will dwell together in peace and security, the Tree of Life will be available for all to eat, and God will dwell with man. Those who endure will enter the paradise of God.