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(2) The Incorruptible Crown.
This crown is given to those who are temperate in all things, not indulging the appetites of the body. Here the crown is referred to as a prize to be obtained. This is a crown that each Christian should and can have if he really wants it. I Cor. 9:24-25.
(3) The Crown of Glory.
This is a crown that is given to faithful pastors, who faithfully and willingly care for the flock of God; and not for the sake of financial gain. I Peter 5:2-4 - “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind. Neither as being Lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.”
(4) The Crown of Righteousness.
This crown will be given to all those who are looking for and love the appearing of Christ - (The Second Coming) when Christ comes for His own.
These Christians are loyal and faithful in Christ at all times. They love His appearing and are looking and waiting for it.
The Apostle John says in Rev. 22:20 - “Even so, come Lord Jesus.”
II Tim. 4:8 - “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day, and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
(5) The Crown of Life.
This is the crown that will be given to all those who endure trials and temptations, even unto death for Jesus sake. Rev. 2:10 - “Fear none those things which thou shalt suffer; behold, the Devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days; be thou faithful unto death, and I will thee a crown of life.”
Many of those who receive this crown will be martyrs for the sake of Christ; like the Bible martyrs, Stephen, John, Peter, Paul, etc. It is said, “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.”
In many parts of the world today, right now, behind the Iron Curtain in the Communist countries, Christians are dying for their faith in Christ.
We here in America, have such an easy path. Christianity is socially accepted. We have so many “marshmallow” Christians.
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