CROWNS OF FAITH
PREPARE. RESTORE. CONQUER. 🏹
“Faith can move mountains.
So why are you stumbling on a little rock?”
Christians, "Athletes work hard to win a crown that cannot last, but we do it for a crown [CROWNS] that will last forever."
1 Corinthians 9:25👑
THE FIVE CROWNS OF FAITH
The FIVE CROWNS mentioned in the NEW TESTAMENT represent special honor and recognition for a life of service to GOD. The Greek word for crown is "stephanos." It is an adornment worn around the head as a crown of victory (like the one worn by the 1st HORSEMAN in REVELATION). In the Olympic Games, the reward of the victorious athlete was the laurel crown. The Christian crowns are symbolic of something of ETERNAL value!
The Catholic Church can't make anyone a SAINT or give you an eternal crown. Only GOD can!
Apostle Paul said, "I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified." The subject of most of 1 Corinthians 9 is preaching the GOSPEL. Paul is teaching spiritual truths using terminology very familiar to the Corinthians, intense physical training, exercising self-control in all things, keeping the body and mind in subjection to the will of God, in order to win the most people to the LORD. This is all "for the GOSPEL'S sake" as verse 23 reveals. THE INCORRUPTIBLE CROWN is for those who keep running the race with TRUE FAITH, and are not rejected from the competition.
Next is THE CROWN OF REJOICING. "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our LORD JESUS CHRIST at HIS coming? For you are our glory and joy." 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20. Paul also referred to the Philippian believers as his "joy and crown." Paul had won these people to the LORD, and they had stood fast in spite of persecution and pressure. Paul was rejoicing that they had withstood the storms, and their tenacious FAITH he wore as a victor's wreath. THE CROWN OF REJOICING is for leading people to the LORD!
Next is THE CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. "Finally, there is laid up for me THE CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, which the LORD, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved HIS appearing." 2 Timothy 4:8. This crown is for living righteously according to GOD’S WORD! Some who have heard and believed will "turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables." 2 Timothy 4:4. Not everyone will love HIS appearing. This crown is awarded to those who complete the race of life with integrity. With eyes fixed on the coming LORD. It is the reward for fulfilling your ministry!
Next is THE CROWN OF LIFE, mentioned in James 1:12: "Blessed is the man who endures TEMPTATION; for when he has been approved, he will receive THE CROWN OF LIFE which the LORD has promised to those who endure until the END!" GOD'S people will face many TEMPTATIONS. Paul expressed his concern for believers in 1 Thessalonians 3:5: "For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your FAITH, lest by some means the TEMPTER had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain." In JESUS' parable of the SOWER and the seed, there were those who hear GOD'S WORD, but immediately "the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in their hearts." Matthew 13:19. This crown is awarded to those who persevere and resist TEMPTATIONS.
THE CROWN OF GLORY is mentioned last, and is for Christian LEADERSHIP. "...when the CHIEF SHEPHERD appears, you will receive THE CROWN OF GLORY that does not fade away." 1 Peter 5:4. Peter exhorts overseers to shepherd the flock of GOD. The shepherd knows his sheep, guides, feeds, cherishes, protects and preserves them. This kind of pastoring is worthy of the unfading CROWN OF GLORY!
Conclusion: PRAISE is given to athletes who WIN in competition. But very little recognition is given to CHRISTIANS who walk in TRUE FAITH with GOD and WIN in life! At CROWNS OF FAITH, it's our mission to help you PREPARE for service to GOD, RESTORE your relationship with HIM, and equip you with every tool NECESSARY to CONQUER (OVERCOME) the world! Let your mind be focused on HEAVENLY things (ETERNAL CROWNS) and not TEMPORARY things. 💫AMEN