The Crown of Glory

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Peter 5:1-5:
-1: The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
-2: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre {dishonorable gain}, but of a ready mind.
-3: Neither as being Lord’s over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
-4: And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
-5: Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

These verses are discussing the requirements for receiving the “crown of glory,” when Christ Jesus, the chief Shepherd appears we can receive this glorious crown.

Verses 1-3 are encouraging the leaders (elders) in the Church of God to fulfil their commitment to be leaders who genuinely watch over God’s heritage, which is not only their own children, but all of God’s children who are saved. God’s Word is instructing leaders in the Church to be examples to the rest of the believers.

Years ago I heard it taught that the crown of glory was specifically going to be given only to the elders who were faithful. However, if we were to continue reading down to verse 5, a different truth surfaces altogether than if we extract only the first 4 verses above.  The word “Likewise” literally means the same also goes for ─ you, and in the conText above this refers to the “younger.” A newly saved believer can also receive the same crown of glory that leadership can receive, if they submit themselves unto the elder.

“Yea, all of you be subject one to another” the inspiration is for leaders and believers to be subject one to another. Our God is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34), and as far as the crowns are concerned, each believer may receive all five of these.

The crown of glory is available to each and every one of us, so long as we are being respectful to each other.

In a leadership position, a leader can give his utmost respect to those whom God has called into His family, to watch over with prayer and believing, giving guidance and direction that leads them to Christ and into the ways of God.

If we just became saved today and we look to our leaders respectfully, then we, too, can receive the crown of glory. But if we spend our days down here rejecting our leaders or ignoring other believers when we know better, then the crown of glory may not be given when the chief Shepherd appears.

The purpose for the verses above is so that God’s children as a whole Church can work together in this life in harmony. “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God” (Ephesians 5:21); “the fear of God” means respect, awe, and appreciation, rather than meaning to be afraid of God. We are to have the same respect and appreciation for other believers that we have for God (see I John 4:20-21).

“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10). Yet these days do believers care for one another? do we respect Christians from different churches or denominations? God had so much wisdom in showing us what is required for receiving the crown of glory.

Colossians 3:23-24:
-23: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily {with all our being from the heart}, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
-24: Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

When we give to others as though we were giving to the Lord, then the “reward of the inheritance” shall indeed be given to us. When the believers’ focus is on blessing each other, then they truly display the wisdom of God, being wise children in the Lord. “The wise shall inherit glory” (Proverbs 3:35), and for believers in grace they will inherit the crown of glory. “Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us {up} to the glory of God” (Romans 15:7).

When believers are respectful to each other, they will literally be following in the steps of our Lord and Savior, who is our greatest example in this life of giving of himself for others. Jesus has already (spiritually) received us up to the glory of God, therefore we can also respectfully receive other believers in the glory of God, as Christ Jesus has already done for each and every one of us as we anticipate in godly service the crown of glory.

To be continued in The Crown of Life

To God ─ You Are Poetry in Motion

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them– Ephesians 2:10. The word workmanship is the Greek word poyeema and means a thing made, a thing produced, with effort and design. Poyeema literally is in reference to us who are His masterpieces. We can literally define the word poyeema as poetry in motion, for our lives are ordained by God to live in fellowship and harmony with Him Who has given to us a spiritually revived life. ~LMJ~

The Creator’s Masterpiece (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Ephesians 2:1-2:
-1:  AND you hath he quickened who were dead in trespasses and {in} sins;
-2:  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Before our salvation we were living our lives in the very nature of sin that was implanted in man since the fall in Genesis, for without God there is no forgiveness and thus humanity lives “dead in trespasses and {in} sins.” Yet now Ephesians shows us that we have been “quickened.” This word means being made alive (spiritually) which is the opposite of being (spiritually) dead in trespasses and sins. God has totally forgiven and cleansed us of sins and He has presented to us a new life in Christ, a life that is more than abundant. This new life in Christ is separate from “the course of this world,” because we have been totally released from the “prince of the power of the air” who is the Adversary. Without God in Christ in us, no matter what direction we were headed and no matter how wonderful that course may appear, it is a course of trespasses and sins. However, after our salvation God presents to us a course that leads to His right hand, a course into the righteousness of God, and a course that is quickening our very lives.

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

The word “workmanship” is the Greek word poyeema and means a thing made, a thing produced, with effort and design. In Ephesians 2:10, poyeema literally is in reference to us who are His masterpieces. We can literally define the word poyeema as poetry in motion for our lives are ordained by God to live in fellowship and harmony with Him Who has given to us a spiritually revived life. Ephesians shows us that we are God’s new creation, created in Christ Jesus, and we are those who live our lives, not in the course of this world, but in “good works” that God makes available to us through an understanding of His healing Word. Being God’s workmanship is a tremendous privilege to say the least. Every craftsman is proud of his workmanship, and it is the same with God – He is completely thrilled with us. The Epistles shows us the good works that God would have us walk into but the choice is obviously ours. This is why the verse states “that we should,” this is not a commandment but a loving request.

When comparing walking (living) by the course of this world as is shown in Ephesians 2:1-2 with what is made available to the believer in Ephesians 2:10, that we may live by the good works that God has already ordained for us, we cannot be anything but thankful because we are already pleasing to God. Let us again read Ephesians 2:10 from the Amplified Bible:

Ephesians 2:10 (Amplified*) – For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
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