The Crown Incorruptible

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

II Kings 11:12a – And he brought forth the king’s son {Joash} and put the crown upon him, and gave him the testimony; and they made him king, and anointed him; . . .

At Joash’s coronation as king, he received first his crown, secondly they gave to him the testimony, which was the Word of God; this was to be his standard and rule of practice in ruling his kingdom. They also anointed him.  The anointing set him apart as the king and established him as God’s servant and leader for the people.

Today in God’s grace we, His children, believe in the future crowns that we may receive from God when Christ returns for us. We are anointed today with holy spirit by God Himself (II Corinthians 1:21-22), and we have God’s Word as our standard to believe in and enjoy as we serve one another with the love of God. With God’s Word we can discover His guidelines on how to receive the crowns that will be given to believers who live in God’s love and grace.

II Timothy 2:5 – And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

“Strive for the masteries” literally means to contend or compete in the games.  These games were common to the believers in the first century and were known as the Olympic games. Paul is teaching that when we look forward to the spiritual goal of Christ returning for us, that we must compete lawfully by the rules. The rules are recorded in God’s Word. We are saved for eternity, yet there is more to be received if we follow the guidelines recorded in Scripture, and the underlying principle to everything recorded in God’s Word is always to walk in love.

As we apply and enjoy God’s love we will literally stay in bounds.  When Christ does return, we will indeed receive the prize and be crowned, “I press toward the mark {the finish line} for the prize {the crown} of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).

Each believer can receive the crowns now offered by God, the crown incorruptible is eternal, and will be “reserved in heaven” (I Peter 1:4).

I Corinthians 9:24-26:
-24: Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but {only} one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
-25: And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they {in a physical race} do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we {in a spiritual race} an incorruptible {crown}
-26: I therefore so run, not as uncertainly {because we know that we can win}; so fight {box} I, not as one that beateth the air {one who shadowboxes}:

Noting that God uses so many metaphors of competition about receiving our crowns is interesting. In a physical race one must stay in bounds, and one must be “temperate in all things.” Temperate means to have self-control in all things. In the Greek Olympics only one received the prize and only one received a crown of olive leaves, but in God’s Word all believers who strive to follow His healing Word will receive the “crown incorruptible.”

The crown incorruptible is for believers who practice self-control over life’s circumstances and walk within the bounds of God’s wonderful Word. Whenever we walk (conduct our lives) according to Scripture, then, we are more than conquerors. When we walk in love and believe the Scriptures we are literally hitting the mark rather than simply shadowboxing against the forces of evil.

Hebrews 12:1-2a
-1: Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses {recorded examples of believers who believe in Hebrews chapter 11}, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us {that can knock us out of bounds}, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
-2a: Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; . . .

When we keep our eyes on the goal of the coming of Christ Jesus and look to him through the Scriptures we can “run with patience the race that is set before us.”

Running with patience is like getting a second wind (an ease) which believers receive as they continue “striving lawfully.”

Then at the finish line we will receive the crown incorruptible for having patience and self-control in our own lives. Jesus as our “author and finisher of our faith” has already won, we only need to follow his lead by living in the love of God to achieve and receive the crown incorruptible.

To be continued in The Crown of Glory

Inheritance Incorruptible

“We have been called, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you– I Peter 1:4, and our inheritance will be there when we arrive, for it is reserved in heaven. We certainly can store up treasures now that will be there on the other side, waiting for our arrival by our believing God’s Word today!” ~LMJ~

Predestination (Our Blessing and Our Choice Along with Our Destiny and Future Inheritance – It Is a Done Deal – Yay!)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Paul wrote that it was God who “separated me from my mother’s womb {recall He “lighteth every man that cometh into the world”― John 1:9, and David wrote, “thou art my God from my mother’s belly”― Psalms 22:10}, and {God} called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me” (Galatians 1:15-16), just as He separated YOU, and called YOU, and revealed his Son in YOU! Talk about Planned Parenthood, He preordained it, and has seen that it would happen, and further He predestinated your future to be super glorious with “an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you” (I Peter 1:4). He is the giver of all life, God “holdeth our soul in life” (Psalms 66:9) because we are in the hollow of His hand. “In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind” (Job 12:10)!

And by the way, being preordained and/or predestinated has nothing to do with having no choice in the matter and that everything that we will think, say, and do have already been determined as though we have no choice in the matter. That is nonsensical because God has given us free will and choice (it is an unalienable right)! Predestination has everything to do with where we will end up and what we will receive when we arrive and is already reserved in heaven for us, but not based on anything we can think, say, or do; rather, our destiny and future inheritance has everything to do with what Christ has already done for our redemption. “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” (Ephesians 1:11).

Romans 8:30:
Moreover whom {you and I} he did predestinate, them {you and I} he also called: and whom {you and I} he called, them {you and I} he also justified: and whom {you and I} he justified, them {you and I} he also glorified.