The crown itself is not eternal life because that is a gift through faith alone in Christalone, but this crown is a reward for enduring trials and for overcoming.The Crown of Life is earned by repentance, being baptized, and by patientlyenduring the present trials and testing of this earthly life.
Those who receive the Crown of Life will be “good” servants, they will be called “TheChosen” and they will rule over cities. FIVE CROWNS 1) Incorruptible Crown(run) 2) Crown of Rejoicing (win) 3) Crown of Life (endure) 4) Crown of Righteousness 5) Crown of Glory(4) The Crown of RighteousnessThis crown is a reward given for faithfulness to use our gifts and opportunities in theservice of the Lord and for loving His appearing (2 Tim. 4:7-8). Note that these two things go together. To love His appearing is to live & serve in the light of it.
Crown of Righteousness2 Tim 4:7-87 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8 inthe future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, therighteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to allwho have loved His appearing.” 2 Tim 4:7-8The Crown of Righteousness is earned by being mature in the Word, growing in thefruit of the Spirit, keeping the faith and loving His appearing.Those who receive the Crown of Righteousness will be “good and faithful” servants,will be called “The Faithful” and they will rule over many things.
FIVE CROWNS 1) Incorruptible Crown 2) Crown of Rejoicing 3) Crown of Life 4) Crown of Righteousness 5) Crown of Glory(5) The Crown of GloryThis is a reward for those who have been faithful in shepherding the flock.1 Peter 5:44 “And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown ofglory.” 1 Peter 5:4The Crown of Glory is earned by tending, leading and nourishing the flock throughthe exercising of your spiritual gift in building up and edifying the Body.Those who receive the Crown of Glory will be “faithful and wise” servants, will becalled “The Wise” and will rule over all His goods.
Copyright 1995 - 2012 bible.org All rights reservedRevelation 3:1111 “I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take yourcrown.” Revelation 3:112 John 1:88 “Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that youmay receive a full reward.” 2 John 1:81 Corinthians 3:1515 “If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yetso as through fire.” 1 Corinthians 3:15Philippians 3:2020 “For our citizenship is in Heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, theLord Jesus Christ;” Philippians 3:20 Apekdechomai (eagerly wait) is often used to speak of waiting for Christs second coming. It describes not only eagerness,but also patience.
2 Peter 3:3-4, 8-9, 11b, 143 “Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking,following after their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? Forever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning ofcreation.”8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one dayis like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. 9 The Lord is not slowabout His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing forany to perish but for all to come to repentance. (salt)11b …then what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness?14 Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Himin peace, spotless and blameless,” 2 Peter 3:3-4, 8-9, 11b, 14According to the Bible, God rewards us for: doing good works (Ephesians 6:8;Romans 2:6), denying ourselves (Matthew 16:24-27), showing compassion to the needy (Luke 14:13-14), treating our enemies kindly (Luke 6:35), sacrificial giving (Matthew 19:21), enduring difficult circumstances & trusting Him (Hebrews 10:34-36), living faithfully with the right motives (1 Corinthians 4:2,5), persevering under persecution (Luke 6:22-23), living a life of godliness (2 Peter 3:11-14), and for making wise and productive use of the resources and opportunities God has given us (Matthew 25:14-23). He rewards faithfulness with rulership.
Every time I obey God I am doing what is best for everyone: 1) God 2) others 3) myselfWhen you store up for yourself treasures in Heaven by giving away some of yourtreasure here on earth – The recipient of your $ wins! You win! And God wins!The Master and the servant are both pleased when the servant does well.It is not a matter of denied gratification but of delayed gratification.The key to the delay is faith. Hebrews 11:6, 32-40 Groups A & B.Hebrews 11:66 “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God mustbelieve that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6Hebrews 11:32-40(Group A)32“Gideon, Samson, David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who by faithconquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut themouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, fromweakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.35 Women received back their dead by resurrection;”(Group B)35 “and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain abetter resurrection; 36 and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, alsochains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they weretempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, ingoatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated 38 (men of whom the world was notworthy),wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground. 39And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what waspromised, 40 because God had provided something better for us, so that apart fromus they would not be made perfect.” Hebrews 11:32-40Faith motivates us to forgo something in this life for the promise that it or somethingeven better will be ours in the next life.We are too easily pleased with short-term rewards.
C. S. Lewis says we settle for mud pies in exchange for a holiday at sea.Mud Pies = power, possessions, and pleasures here on earth.Holiday at Sea = power, possessions, and pleasures in Heaven! Our dream house is coming and we don’t have to build it. The Master Carpenter is building it for us!Hebrews 11:24-2624 “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’sdaughter, 25 choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than toenjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 considering the reproach of Christ greater richesthan the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.” Hebrews 11:24-26He chose short-term grief because he was motivated by long-term reward - notbecause he wanted disgrace but because he wanted reward.Right up until his death, Paul said that there was a reward stored up for him for “thatDay!”2 Timothy 4:7-87 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8 inthe future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, therighteous Judge, will award to me on that Day; and not only to me, but also to allwho have loved His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8 Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him – Hebrews 12:2 He humbled Himself to be exalted later – Philippians 2:9-11
You will be repaid!Luke 14:14“you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” Luke 14:14 Receiving rewards from Christ at the Bema Seat is an unspeakable gain with eternal implications. Forfeiting rewards is a terrible loss with equally eternal implications.What you do with what God has given to you is your autobiography.The book you have written with the pen of faith and the ink of works will go intoeternity to be seen and read by the angels, the redeemed and by God Himself.The little things today become huge in light of tomorrow, the little choices nowbecome tremendously important : whether you read your Bible, share your faith, helpsomeone else – acts graciously empowered not by your flesh but by His Spirit is ofgreat eternal consequence not only for others but for you as well! At death you put your signature on your life’s portrait and the paint dries quickly – ready or not. What you see is what you get – never to be altered.
The Swedish chemist, Alfred Nobel, and his brother, Ludvig, had an errant obituaryplaced in a French newspaper – Alfred got a chance to edit his life.Read over your obituary now and change it, edit it now while you can.We send the building materials to Heaven and that is what is used to build ourmansion.The more materials you send, the larger your mansion will be so the more guests youcan have over and the more folks you can serve throughout eternity.1 Corinthians 3:12-1512 “Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood,hay, straw, 13 each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it becauseit is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.14 If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15 Ifany man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so asthrough fire.” I Corinthians 3:12-15It is clearly asserted in I Corinthians 4:5 that, in spite of all failure, every Christian shallhave the praise of God.1 Corinthians 4:4b-54b “but the One Who examines us is the Lord. 5 Therefore do not go on passingjudgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes Who will both bring to lightthe things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and theneach man’s praise will come to him from God.” 1 Corinthians 4:4b-5The Bema Seat is an evaluation of our works, both good works and worthless works. This will be a "job performance evaluation."
2 Corinthians 5:1010 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one maybe recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whethergood (agathos) or bad (phaulos).” 2 Corinthians 5:10Greek words in 2 Corinthians 5:10: “good” (agathos, valuable like good fruit) and “bad” (phaulos, unacceptable like rotten or spoiled fruit).Colossians 1:1010 “so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects,bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;” Colossians 1:10“bearing fruit in every good work “(Colossians 1:10 b) Fruitfulness also results from knowledge. Fruit is the by-product of righteousness. Fruitfulness is the mark of every redeemed individual.
Jesus said in John 15:8, "By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit.The Bible defines fruit in various ways: here Paul speaks of bearing fruit in every good work, converts are also referred to as fruit - Paul spoke of the household of Stephanas as the "first fruits of Achaia" (1 Corinthians 16:15), Hebrews 13:15 defines praise as fruit: "Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.” Giving money can also be fruit (Romans 15:26-28). Godly living is fruit, as indicated when the writer of Hebrews tells us that Gods discipline produces in us "the peaceful fruit of righteousness" (Hebrews 12:11). Finally, the holy attitudes mentioned in Gal 5:22-23 are referred to as "the fruit of the Spirit."What produces fruit in believers lives? First, union with Christ. Jesus said in John 15:4-5, "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the Vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.“
Second, wisdom is a necessary prerequisite for bearing fruit.James 3:17"But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, full of mercy andgood fruits, reasonable, unwavering, without hypocrisy“. James 3:17Lack of fruit is directly related to lack of spiritual wisdom.Finally, diligent effort on the Christians part is required, as Peter writes:2 Peter 1:5-8“Applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moralexcellence, knowledge; and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control,perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness; and in your godliness, brotherlykindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and areincreasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of ourLord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-8Only the Lord can determine which works are high quality and which are low.