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Doctrine of Crowns

Doctrine of the Crowns
3-26-2015

I. Introduction
A. Basic Inheritance Package
As believers, we will all receive a basic inheritance package with such things as our resurrection body, eternal life, a permanent blessed state, an eternal home: a place in heaven, in the Millennium in the new heavens and earth (Acts 20:32; Eph. 1:14,18; 5:5*;Col. 1:12*;3:24;Heb. 9:15; 1Pet. 1:4).

Col. 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,
Col. 3:24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
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B. Rewards
In addition, there are rewards for our good works: love, giving, prayer, hospitality, helping others, loving your enemies, confidence, seekers etc. Heb. 10:35

Some are listed in Rev. 2 and 3 at the end of the evaluation of the seven churches. Jesus spoke of rewards several times (Matt. 5:12,46:6:1,4).

Matt. 16:27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.
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Paul (1 Cor. 3:14;9:17)

1Cor. 3:8 The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.
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II. Crowns
The Scripture mentions three major rewards given in the form of a crown.

A. Crown of life
1. Scripture

Ja. 1:12 Blessed is the man who endures trials because when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which is promised to those who love him.
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Rev. 2:10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.
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2. Greek Word

ste÷fanoß stephanos— wreath or garland given to the winner in the public games. This is a competitive crown, something that can be won.

3. Comment

The crown of life is awarded to those believers who have remained faithful, while enduring trial after trail, while growing to maturity.

B. Crown of righteousness— 2 Tim. 4:8

1. Scripture

2Tim. 4:8 Finally, the crown of righteousness is reserved for me which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have loved for his appearing. NIV84
2. Greek Word

ste÷fanoß stephanos—competitive crown

3. Comment

This context is that of judgement and reward by our Lord Jesus Christ, the righteous judge. It is given to those who have stuck it out, fought the good fight, kept the faith, finished the race (4:7) who have maintained the righteous life. One of the mental attitudes that those receiving this reward is that they love —the word is a perf. participle from agape—love—have loved his appearing, indicating that this has went on for a period of time, thus the translation, long for his appearing.

C. Crown of Glory

1. Scripture

1Pet. 5:4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
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Phil. 4:1 ¶ Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends!
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1Th. 2:19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?
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2. Greek Word

ste÷fanoß stephanos—competitive crown

3. Comment

In 1 Pet. 5, Peter writes about sharing with the elders the glory to be revealed. He writes on the attitude and example that elders should have in their service. In Phil. 4:1 and I Th. 2:19, we see that it is related to the people served. So this crown is related to one’s service for Christ, how he uses his God given spiritual gifts.

III. How to Win Crowns.

A. Scripture

2Tim. 2:3 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
2Tim. 2:4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer.
2Tim. 2:5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules.
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1Cor. 9:24 ¶ Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
1Cor. 9:25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
1Cor. 9:26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.
1Cor. 9:27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

B. Comment

In order to win crowns, the believer must be willing to endure hardship and suffering. Like a soldier, who is devoted to his duty so the believer is singularly dedicated to his service for Christ. Like an athlete, who must follow the rules for training, qualification and the games so the believer must be willing to be trained,qualified and gifted in the area in which he serves.

IV. Loss of Crowns

A. Scripture

Rev. 3:11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.
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1Cor. 9:27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
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2John 8 Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.
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B. Comment

It is a clear possibility that believers can lose crowns that they have qualified at one time for and then be disqualified.
V. Time of Rewarding the Crowns

A. Scripture

2Tim. 4:8 Finally, the crown of righteousness is reserved for me which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have loved for his appearing. NIV84

Rev. 11:18 The nations were angry;
and your wrath has come.
The time has come for judging the dead,
and for rewarding your servants the prophets
and your saints and those who reverence your name,
both small and great—
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”
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Rev. 22:12 “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.
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B. Comment

At the Second Advent of Christ, Christ will award crowns to all believers who have attained the standard of merit for that particular crown.