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1 Peter 5:4
4 And [kai] when the chief
Shepherd [archipoimen] shall appear [phaneroo], ye shall receive [komizo]
a crown [stephanos] of glory [doxa] that fadeth not away [amarantinos]. KJV-Interlinear
4 And when the Chief Shepherd
appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. NASB
There are five crowns
of reward, for the believer, mentioned in the Bible.Three relate to self, and two relate to
Crown of victory or incorruption,
1 Cor. 9:25 remaining in fellowship.
Crown of life, James
1:12, Rev. 2:10-11, 1 Cor 3:15 - testing by trial.
Crown of righteousness,
2 Tim. 4:8 - maturity (perfection, integrity).
Crown of the soul winner
or rejoicing, Phil 4:1, 1 Thes. 2:19 - bringing others to Christ - their
Crown of glory, -
teaching others about Christ - their growth, 1 Pet. 5:4.
In ancient times, winners
of various events or those who accomplished things of an extraordinary nature,
were presented with wreaths of flowers and such.These awards naturally faded over a short
space of time.Their awards also were
generally accompanied with honors, and even compensation, depending on the nature
of the award.
This is the concept of
the crowns mentioned in the scriptures, as they apply to each believer.
By accomplishing these
various tasks, or by participating in them, then the believer can expect to
receive an award when they come face to face with Christ.
20 Now the God of
peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the
blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, NASB
At the appearance of
Christ, who is the Chief Shepherd, is a reference to your standing before His Judgment
Seat for your evaluation.
When you participate in
a competition of some type, you expect some type of award.It may be a ribbon or a medal for finishing
first, or second, or third, or even a participation award, maybe a plaque or a
trophy.And so it is with your spiritual
When you advance in
your spiritual life, there are rewards waiting for you in heaven and eternity.
The Parables of Christ, are filled with examples of these rewards.And even though we do not know the specifics
of these rewards, we do know that they are beyond anything we can imagine (exceedingly
abundantly beyond all we can think or ask), and that covers a huge unknown
region that has not even been invented.
And not only are these
rewards beyond imagination, but they will last forever, never fading, never
In this world, you have
to defeat someone in order to win, and there is only one first place prize, one
second place prize, and so forth.
But in the spiritual
life, when you help someone win, you also become a winner.Heaven has enough room for us all to be
winners.Your only competition is
yourself and your willingness to seize hold of the greatest gift that God has
provided us all, which is your spiritual life.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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