Receiving the crown of righteousness – Part 1
The Bible contains a list of several crowns the believer in Christ could win. Some of the crowns mentioned in the Bible are:
• Crown of Rejoicing (1 Thes. 2:19)
• Crown of Life (James 1:12, Rev. 2:10)
• Crown of Glory (1 Peter 5:4)
• Crown of Gold (Rev. 4:4) and
• Crown of Righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8)
It, therefore, seems to me that Heaven will be a parade of crowns. Crowns shall be our symbols of royalty, dignity and grandeur. May your head not be empty when others are wearing their crowns. Amen. One of the crowns mentioned in the Bible is the crown of righteousness. Apostle Paul stated clearly that this crown was laid up for him by the Lord, the righteous Judge and it will be given to him and the good part of it is that, it is also available to all those who loved Christ’s appearing. Without much doubt, many love to win and wear the crown, but the truth is, there is a price to pay.
The Price To Pay
If anyone will receive the crown of righteousness, there are at least three things to do according to Paul. These are:
• Fight The Good Fight. In the Christian journey, there is always a fight to fight and it is a good fight of faith.
(1 Tim. 6:12) The Christian life is often represented as a conflict or warfare. We are always at conflict with sin, the world, the flesh and the devil. The battle might be tough, but it is a good fight. To receive the crown, there is a good fight to fight.
• Finish The Race: To receive the crown of righteousness, there is a course to follow and it must be followed to the finishing line. The Greek word “dromos” interpreted “course” in KJV could mean “race” as well.
Much more than the race of life, Paul meant the course of his ministry, which he desired to finish with joy and was now finishing. (Act 13:25) The Christian life also is often represented as a “race” to run. (1Co 9:24-26.). To finish the race, we must run rightly, speedily, patiently, cheerfully, circumspectly and perseveringly. It is not enough to run the race, but we must finish the course.
• Keep The Faith. As we fight the good fight, striving to finish the course, we must also ensure we keep the faith. Keeping the faith means we must hold fast without wavering our profession of faith. Our faith must be kept pure and incorrupt against all opposition.
The Syriac and Ethiopic versions render it, “I have kept my faith” meaning “I have been faithful to my trust as a good steward. It means keeping the faith in the face of trials and tribulations.” When Bernard Palissy, the inventor of a kind of pottery called Palissy ware, was an old man, he was sent to the French prison known as the Bastille because he was a Protestant. The king went to see him, and told him he would be set free if he would deny his faith.
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