Gospel News · May - August 2017

Reward of the Conquerors
| Bro Sylvester Tembo (Mzuzu, Malawi)
o those who by patience in well doing
seek for glory and honour and immor-
tality, He will give eternal life.” As it tells us
in this statement of the apostle Paul to the
Romans, eternal life is something which we
are to seek in order to have it, and not some-
thing which is inherent to us. The faithful in
Hebrews 11:13 are mentioned to confirm that
they all died in faith, not having the things
promised, but having seen them and greeted
them from afar, and having acknowledged that
they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
We may ask, how were they strangers and
exiles on the earth? In fact, the measure of
men’s days is a few hands breadths. True, life
is short because all men are under the law of
sin and death. Our forerunners in faith were
seeking the city that is to come, the new
Jerusalem from above whose builder is not
man, but God. Mind you, it was their faith in
God that made them strangers and exiles on
the earth - and so they belonged to heavenly
citizenship, because it is in heaven where the
seat of heavenly government is located, but
its citizens, the saints, will be co-rulers with
Christ on earth.
Again, let us have another look at Hebrews
11:39-40, “And all these, though commended
through their faith, did not receive what was
promised, since God had provided something
better for us, that apart from us they should
not be made perfect.” Many of us are aware
that eternal life is something God is promising
us through the work of God’s only begotten
son, Jesus. Therefore the reward for all the
conquerors in this life through their faith will
be rewarded together, after being successful
at the judgement seat of Christ. We are all
faced with both life and death. Therefore let
us be extra wise by choosing life by leading our
lives in line with God’s very own laws.
Left to Right | Bro Nyirongo and his sister wife, Bro Richard Chulu from Lundazi, Zambia,
Sis Tiffness Kumwenda, Bro Sylvester Tembo, Bro Joseph Moloko from Kasunga
and newly baptised Bro Mtisunge Tembo at fraternal gathering, Chilumba Ecclesia
Brethren with handcrafted wooden boat
following baptism of Bro Mtisunge Tembo