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~

The Crown of Righteousness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

II Timothy 4:7-8:
-7: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
-8: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

The Apostle Paul, knowing that his life was coming to an end, mentions three things that he was faithful to in his Christian life. He fought a good fight, he finished his course, and he kept the faith. As a result of these three things he literally fulfilled a fourth thing and that was; he loved the coming of Christ and he had great expectation for that glorious day.

Paul had great expectation knowing that he would receive the crown of righteousness. The same crown of righteousness will be given to all believers who love the appearing of Christ Jesus.

I Timothy 5:12 – Fight the good fight of faith {believing faith}, lay hold on eternal life {in your mind} whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed {confessed} a good profession {confession} before many witnesses.

We have received eternal life already, the good fight is knowing this in our hearts and being faithful to our calling by never allowing anyone to talk us out of believing in our eternal life that God has already freely given to us.

I John 5:11-12:
-11: And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
-12: He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

Fighting the good fight is to daily walk with understanding that we have God in Christ in us, believing that we are more than conquerors through our steadfast believing and standing with God.

To finish the course is to daily walk with the love of God towards others and ourselves until the return of Christ Jesus.

To keep the faith is to walk with believing God’s healing Word, as well as helping the members of God’s household, our brothers and sisters in Christ to believe the Scriptures with us; this is confessing a good confession of salvation “before many witnesses.”

When these three things are incorporated into our daily adventures in this life we will without hesitation or fear look forward to Christ’s coming because we absolutely will be loving his appearing, and when Christ Jesus does appear we shall receive the crown of righteousness.

I Peter 1:7-9:
-7: That the trial of your faith {believing faith}, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
-8: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing {in him}, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
-9: Receiving the end of your faith {believing faith}, even the salvation of your souls.

The word “receiving” literally means rewarding and restoring one to complete favor because the salvation of our souls is what brings us to heaven, where we may eternally enjoy the crown of righteousness.

Unbelievers also will be rewarded for their unbelief “and shall receive the reward of unrighteousness” (II Peter 2:13; also see the wages of sin vs. the gift God in Romans 6:17-23). But we who daily anticipate the return of Christ to the point that we love his return shall receive a much greater reward, and as it records in Hebrews 10:37: “for ye have need of patience {during these days when we have trials of our own personal believing faith}, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”

The promise for the Christian believer who loves with great anticipation the return of Christ shall be the receiving of the crown of righteousness.

To be continued in The Crown of Rejoicing

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.