Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Crown Him with Many Crowns


 

 
Our Bible Study teacher at Open Door Church, desired to go further in the study of crowns we may receive.  I took notes and present an edited lesson here for you. 

“Salvation is a gift, but it comes with responsibilities.  

Don’t worry if you are persecuted, as were the prophets of old.  Persecution brings a reward.
Matthew 5:10-12  Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The Pilgrims from England came to America to have religious freedom. 

Luke 6:22-23 Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!  For indeed your reward is great in heaven, for in like manner their fathers did to the prophets. 
 
Our Teacher asked;  Have you ever suffered persecution in any form?  Several students spoke of examples in their lives.

Let your good works glorify the Father.

Paul says to forget the past and go forward toward the goal.

Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it  (his crown and reward) yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,  the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 

Moses refused to be part of Egypt’s world but rather chose to be known and acquainted with his own people of God.

The reproach of Christ was greater riches than the respect of Egypt.

Our teacher gave an illustration about an airplane on its way to Korea with a small error in navigation. At first the error was hardly noticeable, but eventually after several hours they ended up in Russian Air Space and were shot down; at a great loss of lives.

We as Christians cannot afford to allow our walk to be detoured even by things that seem innocent at first.  We must keep our eyes on Jesus and the goal before us. 

James instructs us to count it all joy when temptation comes, because the trying of our faith works patience.  Overcomers will receive the Crown of Life.

James 1:12  Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 

Take correction and learn from it.  Have a teachable spirit and heed the voice of the Holy Spirit.

In reviewing the crowns we are reminded the Scriptures mention many crowns which are symbols of honor, power and eternal life: 

Crown of Rejoicing

Crown of Righteousness

Crown of Glory

Crown of Honor

Incorruptible Crown

Crown of life.
 

We cannot earn these crowns, and of ourselves we cannot be good enough.  We must understand and realize that our righteousness is of Him.  He has given us all things.

It is important to go forward and share the Gospel of Good News by our words, and by our example.

 

1 comment:

  1. He is our Crown and Shield.

    Peculiar how little things ignored can end up being the biggest events in our lives. Wise reminder. Thanks.

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