Do you have the crown?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that the crown of righteousness is reserved for us awarded by the LORD, to those who have loved Him.
2 Timothy 4:8 (New International Version)
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day--and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
The crown of righteousness is reserved for us awarded by the LORD, to those who have loved Him.
Crown of righteousness
A. Author: Apostle Paul
B. Date written: A.D. 65 to 67
C. Purpose: Encourage and instruct a young pastor in his ministerial work
D. To whom written: Timothy
E. Main themes: Faithfulness and boldness in the ministry
2 Timothy 2:3 (Amplified Bible)
Take [with me] your share of the hardships and suffering [which you are called to endure] as a good (first-class) soldier of Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:14 (Amplified Bible)
But as for you, continue to hold to the things that you have learned and of which you are convinced, knowing from whom you learned [them],
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Reserved for us
"Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness,"
1 Corinthians 9:25 (Amplified Bible)
Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself in all things. They do it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we [do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness] that cannot wither.
James 1:12 (Amplified Bible)
Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.
1 Peter 5:4 (Amplified Bible)
And [then] when the Chief Shepherd is revealed, you will win the conqueror’s crown of glory.
It's laid up for us, the crown of righteousness has our name on it. It's only for us, reserved and appointed, and just waiting for us.
B. Rewarder: The Righteous Judge
"which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day"
Hebrews 12:23 (Amplified Bible)
And to the church (assembly) of the Firstborn who are registered [as citizens] in heaven, and to the God Who is Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous (the redeemed in heaven) who have been made perfect,
James 5:9 (Amplified Bible)
Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you [yourselves] may not be judged. Look! The Judge is [already] standing at the very door.
Acts 10:42 (Amplified Bible)
And He charged us to preach to the people and to bear solemn testimony that He is the God-appointed and God-ordained Judge of the living and the dead.
The LORD JESUS CHRIST is the GOD-appointed and GOD-ordained Judge of the living and the dead.
C. Receiver: To all who loved CHRIST
"but also to all who have longed for his appearing"
1 Corinthians 2:9 (Amplified Bible)
But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed].