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✿ We read about the Judgment of Believers' Works in Bible as follows: 1. Subjects: believers (Gal. 6:8; Eph. 6:8; Col. 3:24; Rom. 14; 2Cor. 5:10) 2. Time: between the rapture and the second coming (Luke 14:14) 3. Place: in heaven (1Cor. 9:24-27 Rom. 14:10; 2Cor. 5:10) 4. Basis: works, both good and bad (1Cor. 3:11-15 2Cor. 5:10; Rom. 14; Col. 3; Matt. 16:27; Rom. 2:6; 2Tim. 4:14) 5. Result: reward or loss of reward, but never the loss of one's soul for any wrongdoings properly confessed and forgiven (1Cor. 3:11-15). This judgment deals with the believer as a servant (Rom. 14 2Cor. 5:10,11) ✿ Based on the judgements, Five crowns are to be rewarded: 1. Crown of glory (1Pet. 5: 4; Prov. 4: 9; 16: 31; Isa. 62: 3) This is the preacher's crown and will be given to the ministers who faithfully feed the flock of God. God can use you to teach and shepherd others. God shows you the extreme importance that He is placing on those who teach and preach the word. Being willing to teach and educate others after they are saved is one of the greatest things you can do for them this side of heaven. This is considered the greatest of all other crowns. 2. Crown of righteousness (2Tim. 4: 8) This is the prize for Paul's efforts of 2Tim. 4:6- 7. The crown is laid up for all who prove true, but possessed of none until time of reward. It is in view, not in possession. 3. Crown of life (Jas. 1: 12; Rev. 2: 10) For those believers who endure trials, tribulations, and severe suffering, even unto death Rev. 2:8-11. This crown is also referred to as the martyr's crown. 4. In-corruptible crown (1Cor. 9: 25) Crowns were made of wild olive branches for the Olympic games; laurel for the Pythian games; parsley for the Nemean games; and pine for the Ishmian games. All were so corruptible that they began to wither the moment they were made. What a contrast to the incorruptible crown to be given to Christians. This is also called the imperishable crown. This crown is given to believers who faithfully run the race, who crucify every selfish desire in the flesh and point men to Jesus. Basically run whatever race that God has set out for you and be the best you can be for God. Be willing to make whatever sacrifices there may be to successfully complete the mission that God has set out for you. 5. Soul winner's crown (1Th. 2: 19, 20 and Dan.12:3) This is also called crown of rejoicing. To those who faithfully are witnesses to the saving grace of God and leads souls to Jesus. It seems to indicate here that God will be giving a crown to those who have been witnessing to others and leading people to Christ.When you help someone to be led to the Lord, you have just been used as a vessel of God
Are there five different crowns as Michael shows in his answer, or are they just different names for the same thing? And should this crown, if it is singular, be viewed as a special reward for some, and not for others? To begin with, they all occur at the same time, and on a specific day. 1. The Imperishable Crown (1 Corinthians 9:24-25). “Run in such a way that you may obtain it (the prize). In Phil. 3:14 we find that the prize is obtained at “the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” It is at the Rapture that we receive the ‘prize’ of the Imperishable Crown”. 2. The Crown of Rejoicing (1 Thessalonians 2:19). This Crown is realized “at His coming.” This would again be at the Rapture when there will be exceedingly great joy (1 Peter 4:13) as Christ’s glory is revealed at the Rapture (Matthew 24:30). 3. The Crown of Righteousness (2 Tim. 4:8). “On that Day.” In context, this would be the day Christ appears (2 Tim. 4:1). The ‘therefore’ (missing in the ESV, but present in the NKJV) is there because Paul speaks of Scripture being given for instruction in righteousness in 2 Tim. 3:16-17. 4. The Crown of Glory (1 Peter 5:4). “When the Chief Shepherd appears” ties this directly back to the Crown of Righteousness, and “the unfading crown of glory” ties this to the Crown of Life, the fifth crown, which is eternal life. When Christ appears (at the Rapture Matthew 24:30), we shall appear with Him in glory (Col. 3:4). 5. The Crown of Life (Revelation 2:10). No specific day mentioned here, but the Crown of Life could only be in reference to eternal life, as Michael mentions. Eternal life is defined as life before the Father (John 17:3). That could only begin on the Day we are given the Crown of Righteousness. It is the Day the Church is clothed in fine linen at the Marriage of the Lamb (the Day of the Rapture – Rev. 19:7-8). The “righteous deeds of the saints” – an equitable deed to show, or regard as just or innocent – holy and blameless (Eph. 1:4). For those who may not know, the Rapture occurs simultaneous with the resurrection. The Rapture occurs with the sound of a trumpet (a calling) and the dead will be raised (1 Thess. 4:16-17). The dead will be raised first, followed by those who are alive at His coming, and we will ALL be changed in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). This is when believers shall attain to eternal life (1 Corinthians 15:53-54). It happens to ALL believers. The Crown of Life is for every believer who overcomes this world and the temptations it offers. It is a singular crown with multiple descriptions. There are no exceptions for some who persevered more, or behaved better than their peers. As Jesus said to a laborer hired early in the day and complaining that those who were hired late in the day, received the same pay (a denarius – a days wage): “Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.” There are no special crowns for certain individuals in heaven. Isaiah 1:18.
My answer is not intended to minimalize or reduce the crown's significance or it's benefactor. For the sake of clarity, the crowns to be given in the passages referenced is the Greek "stephanos". According to Strong's the word stephanos can be used to describe the following. A mark of royal rank. A wreath or garland given as a prize in public games. In the metaphorical sense representing eternal blessedness, the prize, reward given to the Lord's true servents. These "crowns" contrast sharply with the ones to be worn by our Lord and savior when he returns in power and great glory! "His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself." (Revelation 19:11) In this passage "crowns" is the Greek word "diadēma" or diadem. 1.a blue band marked with white which Persian kings used to bind on the turban or tiara. 2. the kingly ornament for the head, the crown Google defines diadem as: a jeweled crown or headband worn as a symbol of sovereignty.
There are five crowns that are mentioned in the New Testament that will be given to believers. All crowns will be given after the last judgement, but we will not wear crowns in Heaven because we will give the crowns back to the only worth one, Jesus Christ. 1. The Imperishable crown 1 Cort 9:24-25 Run and finish the Race. 2. The Crown of Rejoicing 1 Thes 2:19 Rejoice in the Lord. 3. The Crown of Righteousness 2 Tim 4:8 Receive through the righteousness of God. 4. The Crown of Glory 1 Peter 5:4 Those who see the Glory of God. 5. The Crown of Life James 1:12 Be faithful to God even until death. Jesus Christ is the only Way, the only Truth and the Life to obtain and receive Eternal Life.
Heavely crowns for believers are for those who are found worthy to be among the chosen. One crown is to overcome the world and its challenges. This can be referenced as equal to the crown of righteousness. 2 Timothy 4:8, "Henceforth there is laid up 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 loved his appearing". Righteousness is an attribute that implies that a person's actions are justified, and can have the connotation that the person has been "judged" or "reckoned" as leading a life that is pleasing to God. Matthew 6:33, But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Christ teachings are encouraging words, towards the heavenly rewards, which intends to guide the faithful on what aspect of life is essential and that can provide a perfect relationship with God. Jesus's parables are extended figures of comparison that often use short stories to teach a truth or answer a question. As a form of oral literature, the parable exploits realistic situations but makes effective use of the imagination to enhanced adequate understanding and knowledge. Matthew 13:10-13, "The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see. Though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
Although many will be saved and enter heaven, crowns are reserved for those who have overcome and been faithful unto death (Rev 2:10). These crowns represent the delegation of Christ's crown and authority to rule over the Kingdom of God to particular saints. Not everyone will merit a crown in particular, but there are many other rewards for overcoming mentioned in the 2nd and 3rd chapters of Revelation. Just as Christ promises to share the throne of his Father with those who overcome (Rev 3:21) they may also participate in the scepter (Rev 2:27) and the crown as evidence of royal status.This participation is of a limited, finite degree, as the apportioning of the Holy Spirit to Christians is also of a limited degree for each person. Who will those with the crowns rule over? Most appropriately, they would be only those of their own nation and generation. I don't believe the saints of the 20th century will rule over those in heaven of remotely prior centuries, or vice versa. So it will take a number of crowns to rule over one country or culture existing for many centuries. The Kingdom of God will be composed of many languages and cultures (as evidenced by the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost) each of which may have its own set of saints wearing crowns. Christ will personally rule from the Father's throne for the most intrinsically difficult situations which go beyond limited, local concerns. The crowns of the 24 elders rule over Jews counted as righteous (by the Holy Spirit) and living before Christ's incarnation. These Jews were freed when Christ led captivity captive (Eph 4:8). The Sons of God (Rev 12:5) will be ruling on earth after Christ's second coming and will be subject to those with crowns in heaven. As they enter heaven and centuries pass, they will become the most appropriate to rule earth from heaven, and also those entering heaven of their own time frame.
The crown of rejoicing (1 Thess 2:19, the crown of righteousness (2 Tim 4:8), of glory (1 Pet 5:4), of life (Jas 1:12; Rev 2:10). --bible.org
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