AN ENCOURAGEMENT FOR CHRISTIANS
Did you know there are five crowns for faithful believers?
1. THE INCORRUPTIBLE CROWN
For those who master the old nature 1Cor 5:25-27
24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?
run, that ye may obtain.
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.
Now they do it to obtain
a corruptible crown; but we an
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means,
when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. Corinthians 9:24-27
2. THE CROWN OF REJOICING
For those who win people to Christ 1Thess 2:19-20
19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing?
Are not even
ye in the presence of
our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
20 For ye are our glory and joy. 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20
3. THE CROWN OF LIFE
For those who endure temptation Jam 1:12, Rev 2:10
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:
for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life
which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. James 1:12
10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer:
behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried;
and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death,
and I will give thee a crown of life. Revelation 2:10
4. THE CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
For those who love Christ’s appearing at the rapture 2 Tim 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. 2 Timothy 4:7-8
5. THE CROWN OF GLORY
For faithful pastors and elders and teachers 1Pet 5:2-4
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,
constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready
3 Neither as being lords 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. 1 Peter 5:1-4