The Crowns of the Bible
Sermon shared by K. Edward "ed" Skidmore
Summary: This message has a theme verse of 1 Cor. 9 25 and focuses on 4 different kinds of crowns mentioned in the New Testament.
Denomination: Christian/Church of Christ
Audience: Believer adults
The same thing the 24 elders do before the throne, we will also do, as we join the heavenly choir, and cast our crowns before the feet of Christ in adoration. The crowns represent our earthly deeds which were done for Christ’s glory as His servants. It is only fitting, then, that the representation of those deeds be given to our master as gifts. We will not wear those crowns on our heads, as though we needed any glory of our own, but we will give them as loving presents to our savior and Lord. Imagine the joy of being able to present, at the feet of Christ, a crown of glory representing your ministry on earth. Could anything be more delightful than that moment?
2. The Kinds of Crowns given:
There are four kinds of crowns mentioned in the New Testament:
the crown of life, the crown of glory,
the crown of righteousness, and the crown of rejoicing.
All four of these crowns are bestowed to followers of Christ for service they have done while here on the earth.
From this we can see that, although we cannot be saved by works, faithful servants of Christ will certainly be rewarded in accordance to their deeds in Christ’s behalf. Let’s take a closer look at these crowns.
A. The crown of life:
The crown of life is mentioned in James 1:12 and Revelation 2:10. Here we read, “(James 1:12 NIV) Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (Rev 2:10 NIV) 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.
I want you to notice two important phrases in these verses: “the man who perseveres under trial” (James 1:12), and “faithful even to the point of death” (Revelation 2:10). This will let you know who the recipients of the crown of life will be. Those who keep going under trial, and those who are faithful unto death will receive the crown of life. This is not only an encouraging word to the faithful servant of Christ, it is also an admonition to the Christian who wants to give up and quit. The crown of life waits for the one who remains faithful throughout life.
The heart of the matter in Christianity is not our grand aspirations or how well we start out, but how we endure to the end. This isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon, and the prize will go those who finish the race. I’m interested in the name of this crown. I think it was called the crown of life because it is given to those who live the Christian life faithfully and don’t give up.
I remember talking to one of the boys I grew up with in Scottsdale. He stayed in the Scottsdale area and kept track of many of the kids in my youth group at the Scottsdale Christian Church. He was able to tell me where most of them were, but I was sad to hear that many of them are no longer active in any church. How discouraging
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