Karl Marx said that those in heaven will all be equal in every way which is what makes heaven, heaven. The problem with his statement that he used as a premise for Marxism or Communism as a government form is that it is not true. Heaven is not a place where all the inhabitants are equal. if every Christian in the United States we’re polled I would guess that 80% would say that everyone in heaven will be equal, but that does not make it true. Socialism and Communism remove much of the human motive to excel and to press on to do better, become better, make more money, and to become a better person. The view that everyone who goes to heaven because of faith in Christ is equal also removes much of the motivation to grow and accomplish great things for God.
A basic tenet of Christianity is that no one gets into heaven by being good because the standard is perfection. It only takes one little sin to keep you out. Jesus as God emptied Himself of all that He was as God, became a human exactly like us and lived a perfect sinless life. He was then nailed to a cross and while there God the Father took every person’s sins and put them on Jesus, and looked at Jesus as if He actually committed our sins, and punished Him for our sins. He paid the price of our sins so we wouldn’t have to by going to hell forever. We need to acknowledge that indeed we are sinners and lost and receive, accept the free gift salvation. It is a free gift, not earned nor deserved.
The problem now is that because I am saved, going to heaven not because of any good works, there is now no good reason to do good works, unless there is a judgment of believers and a reward or loss of reward for all those entering into heaven that are significant.
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
Romans 14:10-12 . . .For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. . . So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
Colossians 3:23-25 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.
What is the reward, the recompense that we receive for what we have done when we stand before Jesus.? It is meant to motivate us to faithful, sacrificial, devoted living and service. A person who is a fully devoted follower of Jesus gives his entire life to serving the Lord, sacrificially gives his time ministering to people, sacrificially gives his money to help the poor, never seeks for personal recognition or comfort in this life, dies and goes to heaven.
Another person who has trusted in Christ as his savior spends all of his money on toys for himself, doesn’t serve in any way, attends church but is critical of most that is done and continually causes problems, dies as well and goes to heaven.
They both stand before Jesus and give an accounting of their life and are rewarded for how they have lived and what they have done. What is the difference between the two in heaven?
Matthew 6:1 Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.
What is the reward and does it make a difference in the quality of life one will experience in heaven? What about those who are proud, hypocritical, and do everything to be noticed by others for their praise? What is the difference in their eternity?
Matthew 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last.
This verse follows a story Jesus tells to describe the Kingdom of Heaven, and in this verse He is saying that many who are first on earth will be last in heaven. What does that mean to be last in heaven, does it matter, does it make a difference. And again;
Matthew 19:29-30 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.
1 Corinthians 15:41-42 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead.
Very few people who call themselves Christians are motivated by the future event called “The Judgment Seat of Christ”.