Crowns Galore with Grandeur and Gala All Around!

There are many treasures that become the believers’ simply because they belong to God, such as eternal life (I John 5:10-13), and being heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). There are also treasured crowns that we can receive in heaven for our believing actions that we take on God’s healing Word today. The Bible explicitly states that there are at least five spiritual crowns which each believer may receive by following the instructions and guidelines written in the literature of eternity!

The crown incorruptible is received by having self-control over our lives, being Word‑conditioned rather than world-conditioned.

The crown of glory is received for being respectful to our fellowman, especially towards other believers whether they are in a leadership position or not.

The crown of life is received by our believing in the truth that God does not tempt us, and this can be thoroughly understood by studying God’s approval of us in the Scriptures.

The crown of righteousness is received by our loving the return of Christ for us, for by loving the truth that he is coming back for us is a godly perspective.

The crown of rejoicing is received by our bringing a lost soul back to Christ, by sharing and witnessing about Christ’s loving example of giving his life ─ for us.” ~LMJ~

When I Awake

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 17:15:
As for me {David}, I will behold thy face {his Savior’s face} in righteousness: I shall be satisfied {big time!}, when I awake, with thy likeness.

David died years ago (I Chronicles 29:26-28), yet he spoke of waking up to behold his Savior’s face. How can this be except for resurrection? The words when I awake breathes David’s essential beliefs in his personal resurrection, and with thy likeness is the likeness of his Redeemer, Christ the Lord. King David and all believers who will awake will have the integral likeness of Christ, and will embody the fullness of life everlasting for eternity.

The Christian believer will be in what the Scriptures define as the “gathering together” and we will be taken up through the clouds above. This is the beginning of entering into our heavenly inheritance that will be enjoyed throughout an eternal lifetime in the heavenlies. We are “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17), and when Christ returns, “we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (I John 3:2).

We will have his likeness, for our bodies will “be fashioned like unto his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21), having perfect synergism in his likeness. Being joint-heirs with Christ is sharing fully, whereas Israel’s inheritance in the Promised Land will be divided amongst them. However, the Christian believers’ everlasting inheritance in heaven will be given to all of us to equally enjoy.

Acts 2:22-27:
-22: Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
-23: Him {Jesus}, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
-24: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
-25: For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
-26: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
-27: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One {Jesus Christ} to see corruption.

King David always kept the hope of his Savior alive in his heart hundreds of years before the first coming of Christ. David continuously held in reserve Jesus Christ before my face, meaning he at all times looked towards Jesus and his day of deliverance. The end result for looking unto Jesus was that Jesus was his guaranteed hope (as well as ours), for eternal life – as David confessed – “Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell.” Knowing Jesus Christ personally through knowing the Scriptures assured David of his eternal life which daily allowed his heart to rejoice and as he spoke of Jesus, his tongue was glad which also gave others the hope of Christ’s return.

Psalms 28:7-8:
-7: The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
-8: The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.

The anointed of God is Jesus Christ, and God is the saving strength of Jesus Christ (See Acts 2:22-24 above). Jesus is our interceder (between God and man), and Jesus Christ reveals to the heart that searches for God, the magnificence of God Himself.

Knowing Christ causes our hearts to greatly rejoice, and a glad tongue comes to us by speaking about the accomplishments of Jesus Christ on our behalf. Witnessing to others that Jesus died for our sins, that he was resurrected and seated at the right hand of God, that he is returning for us at some future moment to take us home surely causes the tongue to be glad.

Acts 2:28:
Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance {presence}.

Coming to personally know Jesus Christ gives to the believer understanding about the ways of life, such as how to genuinely walk with God. Jesus Christ was always pleasing to God (Matthew 3:17). As we ourselves look to Jesus (Hebrews 12:2), he will also teach us how to be pleasing to God, for Jesus is always present within our hearts, showing believers the ways of life, which actuates our entitlement of being full of joy. “But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me” (Psalms 49:15).

Hope of resurrection is written throughout the Scriptures, and the followers of the ways of life may ascribe to abiding in this eternal truth, “that when they awake in resurrection, they awake in the likeness of God’s Son.”

Matthew – Revealing Our Shepherd King

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When the fullness of time finally came, Jesus Christ was born into this world (Galatians 4:4). Throughout the Old Testament there were many prophecies that would highlight his life, death, resurrection, and ascension as we have seen.

The Bible reveals four major prophecies, each of which each relate to a different Gospel. In Matthew. Jesus Christ is revealed as the king of Israel, and in this day of God’s grace Jesus is our Lord and Savior, and he is also our Redeemer.

In the Gospel of Matthew, we can learn how Jesus as the King and Messiah redeemed all of humanity.

In Matthew many parables relate to a king or the kingdom of heaven. The words “kingdom of heaven” (meaning the king’s reign from heaven), is used 32 times in Matthew, while “kingdom of heaven” is only used 10 times in the other three Gospels combined. In Matthew we have the fulfillment of the King of Israel who was God’s prophesied righteous branch.

“The kingdom of heaven” is Christ’s kingdom, for he was the King from heaven, while the words “kingdom of God” represents God’s heavenly kingdom that has no beginning and no end – spanning all time.

When Christ again returns to earth, he will fully establish his kingdom of which there shall be no end. However, today in grace we are citizens of the kingdom of God and in the future we will partake in the kingdom of Christ, for we are joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).

Today the kingdom of Christ is suspended until the King returns to earth to be the King of kings. Without the king’s presence on earth, his kingdom is held in abeyance. This is why II Corinthians 5:20 says that we are “ambassadors” in “Christ’s stead.”

There is no way that any one Gospel could fully explain the life of Jesus Christ; conversely, when we examine each Gospel and study them in the light that God’s Word reflects, then the true spiritual realities of Jesus Christ’s ministry will become known in a most positive and dynamic way.

Jeremiah 23:5 – Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch {offspring}, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. {Also see Jeremiah 33:15, Zechariah 9:9.}

This righteous branch that God would raise up would be a King, and God’s offspring and is a direct revelation not only to the life of Jesus Christ but also to the Gospel of Matthew.

In Matthew’s Gospel we have the royal (or kingly) genealogy from Abraham through Kings David and Solomon to Christ. The believers during the Gospel period had been hoping for this righteous branch who would be their king; however, they lacked understanding of what a king really was because they were used to the kind of kings that were despots or dictators, such as Herod, who was indeed the opposite of Jesus Christ.

A king from a spiritual point of view would be a pastor, someone who would love and protect his people, someone who would fight for the rights of his people, and someone who would be a leader showing them how to believe and accept God’s grace.

Jesus said in Revelation 22:16 “I am the root and the offspring of David.” David was the king of Israel, and Jesus being born through Mary (as the promised seed), had every legal right to inherit the throne of David.

Now David, what was he? David was a shepherd, he was called as a shepherd to be the king of Israel, this was the true spiritual function of a king – to pastor, to bind wounds, and to dedicate his life to protect his flock, as Jesus had done.

Matthew 27:11 – And Jesus stood before the governor {Pilate}: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.

The words “thou sayest” literally means you said it, or you got that right! Jesus knew who he was because he knew the prophecies written of him. Jesus further said to Pilate regarding this question of whom he was, “art thou a king then? Jesus answered {to Pilate}, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world,” (John 18:37).

God gave to Matthew the revelation to write about Jesus Christ as our shepherd king whom we can look to as “the author and finisher of our faith {believing faith}” Hebrews 12:2.

Matthew 22:37-40:
-37: Jesus said unto him {a lawyer who was tempting him}, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
-38: This is the first and great commandment.
-39: And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
-40: On these two commandments hang {suspend} all the law and the prophets.

Jesus as a loving King and as our example of a genuine shepherd lightened the loads that believers would carry by giving only two commandments that both relate to living in love.

It is enlightening to see how James wrote regarding this very subject of love by calling it the “royal law” in James 2:8. The reason that the law of love is royal is because it was given to us by the King.

Jesus Christ is our example of a genuine King whom we can continue looking to even today as Philippians 2:5 teaches us, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Jesus came into this world to teach and show us how to love God and man, as we continue learning how to enjoy the life of love that is called “a more excellent way” I Corinthians 12:31-13:13).

In God’s eyes we are royalty because we are His sons and daughters, and as we put on the mind of Christ we will discover Our Shepherd King who gave the ultimate sacrifice – his life – so we may receive and enjoy the more abundant life.

Many Crowns

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

There are many treasures that become the believers’ simply because they belong to God, such as eternal life (I John 5:10-13), and being heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). There are also treasured crowns that we can receive in heaven for our believing actions that we take on God’s healing Word today. The Bible explicitly states that there are at least five spiritual crowns which each believer may receive by following the instructions and guidelines written in the literature of eternity!

These are the crown incorruptible, the crown of glory, the crown of life, the crown of righteousness, and the crown of rejoicing*.

Revelation 19:12a – . . . His {Christ Jesus} eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; . . .

“His eyes were as a flame of fire” does not mean that Jesus’ eyes were burning, rather the word “fire” represents a spiritual cleansing because Christ in the Book of Revelation returns to cleanse all that he sees. “And on his head were many crowns,” this represents authority, power, and majesty that he has in many areas or categories.

For instance, some of the Kings of Egypt had several crowns, one for upper Egypt, another for lower Egypt, and others for other regions that Egypt conquered. Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords, he has conquered the realms of darkness, and in the Book of Revelation he is the King reigning upon the entire earth, and it is he who cleanses his kingdom.

Hebrews 12:2 – Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith {believing faith}; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is {now} set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus Christ endured great suffering on his cross, yet he looked beyond the moment, beyond the suffering, and beyond the shame and looked to the end result that all his work would accomplish.  Jesus also had so much joy in his life to be walking with God, sharing His Word, and blessing His children, and he finished the work God gave him to do. Remember Jesus said, “it is finished” when he was dying on the cross in John 19:30?  What was finished? The redemption for all humanity!

In Luke 2:49 Jesus, as a boy, said, “I must be about my Father’s business,” and when all of his Father’s business was completed Jesus said, “It is finished.” God, his Father, rewarded him richly, giving him the privilege to be the King of kings and bestowed upon him many crowns.

In Hebrews 12:2 (above), we are instructed to look to Jesus as he is our perfect example of how to walk with God.  God’s Word shows us how to receive many treasures ─ and at the end of this life we, too, can receive many crowns like our example, the author and finisher of our believing faith, Jesus.

Revelation 3:11 – Behold I come quickly; hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

“Hold that fast” means to watch over, to take care of what we have worked for. This warning comes with an exhortation “that no man take thy crown.” The question arises: How can someone take away one’s crown? Colossians 2:18 reveals, “Let no man beguile you of your reward.” The Amplified Bible quotes this as “Let no one defraud you by acting as an umpire and declaring you unworthy and disqualifying you for the prize.”

Unlike eternal rewards and spiritual blessings that have been given to us because of the work of Christ, the spiritual crowns that we can receive are earned by our steadfast believing in and doing what God’s Word instructs. However, if someone tries to teach us that we are totally unworthy to receive God’s blessings and future crowns, then they obviously know more than God Himself Who has made us worthy and equal to the task of receiving these blessed crowns.  God’s will is for each believer to receive the crowns, which He desires for us to have for eternity.

Romans 14:13 – Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

We certainly can help one another receive the crowns, however, each believer is responsible with their own actions to put in the actual effort and believing that will afford us the joys of receiving them. The crowns are eternal and will grant us great riches, responsibilities, and privileges in the next life.

Our heavenly Father designed an easy way to receive these crowns, which can help us to daily walk with great power and understanding as we look to Jesus.

*See our Bible Bytes, titled: The Crown Incorruptible, The Crown of Glory, The Crown of Life, The Crown of Righteousness, The Crown of Rejoicing, and The Vine and the Branches.

Rewards of the Kingdom

“At one time in my life I could not have fathomed receiving the kingdom of God, let alone everything else He gives (Romans 8:17). Then I discovered the author and finisher of my faith, Jesus Christ, and with him, my believing-faith began to grow effortlessly. The reason that we are encouraged to seek the kingdom of God — first, is because God called you unto his kingdom and glory– I Thessalonians 2:12. These are promises to and for those who diligently seek God first, as promised. All we need to do is believe, believe, and believe! Ephesians 3:20 reads, Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, and that power in us is our believing-faith, which energizes us exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. As our own believing-faith grows, we will be enabled to believe in things that at one time in our lives we perhaps thought were impossible, yet with God, all things do become possible (Luke 18:27), as we with our believing-faith begin not only asking and seeking, but also receiving and enjoying, because God is a rewarder.” ~LMJ~