At His Coming – Wood, Hay, Stubble? A Victor’s Crown?
Every moment now makes our relation to the Lord’s coming a matter of more vital and urgent importance. Questions are being settled now which shall determine, not so much our salvation, but our position in the coming age – our reward or loss. Some are going to “reign in life” (Rom. 5:17). Some will be “ashamed before Him at His coming” (1 John 2:28). Some will receive the victor’s crown. Some will see their works burned up, like wood, hay and stubble (1 Cor. 3:11-15).
In Matthew 24 and 25, after describing the signs and conditions preliminary to His coming in judgment, our Lord, in 24:42, turns to warn His own servants. “Watch therefore,” introduces the parable of the householder and the thief; the faithful and the evil servants; and the wise and the foolish virgins. It concludes in 25:13 with a reiterated, “Watch therefore.” At any time we who are His servants may be summoned to render account!