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.

Timothy – Revealing Our Faithful Witness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I and II Timothy are leadership Epistles; these Paul wrote to Timothy to help perfect his abilities in taking care of God’s people. Timothy also reveals great insights about how to be a leader and faithful witness of Jesus Christ within the Church of God, showing many principles that can help people walk into the greatness of caring for God’s children.

I Timothy shows God’s Church in the light of being at its apex, flourishing in the greatness of all of the spiritual truths of receiving divine grace as is recorded in the Church Epistles, while II Timothy shows God’s Church in its ruin by leaders who had rejected and abused God’s grace.

They took God’s Church and began dividing it up into several groups (or sects), by their refuting of God’s grace, as the Church as a whole began slipping back into a legalistic lifestyle apart from God’s grace.

However, II Timothy also details how to rise back again up to the liberating truths that they once had in Christ, which God has given to His children to enjoy in His divine grace; God’s grace becomes manifested in our lives when we become faithful witnesses of Christ.

I Timothy 1:15-16:
-15: This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I {Paul} am chief.
-16: Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering {patience}, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

The Apostle Paul was a persecutor of Christians; thus, he was a chief sinner.  However, God called him to be a faithful witness of Christ as Christ himself is the faithful witness and he sets the pattern for those who would look to him and “believe on him to life everlasting.”

I Timothy 2:6 – Who {Jesus Christ} gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Jesus Christ is our example whom we can “pattern” our lives after, who gave himself a ransom for all. How many people got missed? None! Jesus gave himself for all, and this is the “testimony” that believers today can have on their lips, as we become faithful witnesses of our resurrected Lord and Savior.

Often we can look at people and think, “we could never save that person, just look at the way he behaves,” yet quite often these people have been waiting all their lives for someone to say “Hey, God loves you, did you know that Christ gave his life for you?” This is testifying and being faithful witnesses and this is God’s calling to His children, and certainly today is the due time.

If they reject us, then they reject Christ because we are his witnesses who walk in his steps. However, whether we receive a positive response or a negative one, we were never called to harass or present hell fire and condemnation to people because our example, Jesus Christ, displayed the love of God even when people refused him. He simply loved people where they were at, and continued being an upfront and honest witness of his Father as we can be today.

If someone does not believe today, who knows? Perhaps tomorrow they will, but if we hassle them half to death and harass them, then perhaps tomorrow they will not believe. Besides when we are walking with God – God will bring people directly to us, because we have a heart to bless and enlighten people with the liberating grace that we have in Christ.

I Timothy 6:12-15:
-12: Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed {confessed} a good profession {confession} before many witnesses.
-13: I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth {gives life to} all things, and before Christ Jesus who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession {Jesus never condemned Pilate};
-14: That thou keep this commandment without spot {to witness with a good confession regarding spiritual matters}, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
-15: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate {the mighty prince and ruler, because he is}, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

When we are blessed and simply live in the love of God, then we will attract others to our spiritual love.  The true witnessing will happen effortlessly.  This is the good fight of faith because people will want the eternal life that we enjoy and offer to anyone who wants it.

When we witness to anyone, we are always in the sight of God and of Christ. They will always be extremely blessed when we walk in the steps of Christ who is to us Our Faithful Witness, who was always faithful to speak from his heart about the blessed and eternal life on which he (and we) have laid hold.