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Crowns of Reward in Heaven

By Rev. Michael L. White
(Copyright 2010. All rights reserved.)

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When we all get to Heaven, we will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ to be judged for our works done in this world, both good and bad. As believers, in order to enter Heaven, we will be counted as righteous because of our faith in Jesus, but we will then receive rewards and crowns for our faithfulness and good works in this world (1 Corinthians 3:8-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10-11; Romans 14:10-12; Revelation 11:18; Revelation 22:12). Listed below are the five types of crowns mentioned in Scripture, some warnings about protecting our crowns and rewards, and the joy of receiving crowns.

Five Crowns of Reward

1. Crown of Righteousness (a.k.a. the Watcher’s Crown) For loving (longing for) the Lord’s appearing (2 Timothy 4:8)

2. Crown of Victory (a.k.a. the Victor’s Crown) For spiritual discipline and self-control (1 Corinthians 9:25-27)

3. Crown of Life (a.k.a. the Martyr’s Crown) For patiently enduring trials and/or death (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10)

4. Crown of Glory (a.k.a. the Elder’s Crown) Godly leaders who were good examples to their flock (1 Peter 5:2-4; Matthew 5:19)

5. Crown of Rejoicing (a.k.a. the Soul-winner’s crown) For leading others to accept Christ by sharing the Gospel of repentance and salvation (1 Thessalonians 2:19; Daniel 12:3; Proverbs 11:30)

Warnings About Crowns and Rewards

• Do not let anyone take your crown (Revelation 3:11)

• Do not let anyone deceive you into forfeiting your crown or reward (2 John 1:7-8)

• Do not do your good deeds with wrong (self-centered or otherwise impure) motives (Matthew 6:2, 5, 16)

Joy of Receiving Crowns

Because Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords, He is worthy of our everlasting praise and worship! Therefore, we will have the joy of casting our crowns at Jesus’ feet when we get to Heaven (Revelation 4:10-11). However, if we have earned no crown, we will miss out on the joy of casting it (or them) at Jesus’ feet. What a shame that will be!

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