What comes to mind when you hear the word crown? Some would think of a tooth crown if they just had a recent dentist appointment. A young girl would immediately think of a tiara type crown a princess would wear. One that is shiny and fashioned with sparkling diamonds. An older girl would think of the one she wore to a formal dance or as a bride to accent her dress and beauty. A man might think of a sturdy metal plated crown with jewels encircling it and signifying one with authority.
There are two greek meanings of crown. One is diadema, referring to the crown worn by a king. This crown is not earned, it is given from a birthright. The second is called stephanos, referring to a crown that is given to an athlete. One that is earned by a personal victory. When I think of a crown, I think of the one a Bride of Christ can wear. Not just one crown but many crowns. That is if the Bride earned any.
The Scriptures speak of crowns we can earn. These crowns will be rewarded at the Judgment Seat of Christ:
~2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all (believers) appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. *(purpose of the judgment is not to determine salvation of a believer but of their works)
~Revelation 22:12 Jesus says, “, Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
Crown of Righteousness
2 Tim. 4:8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. (the believers who are waiting and are ready for His return)
Incorruptible or Imperishable Crown
1 Cor. 9:25-27 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for and imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. (the believers who have disciplined and brought their bodies into subjection, self-control)
Crown of Life
James 1:12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
Rev. 2:10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. ( a martyrs crown, those who patiently endured thru the tribulations of trials, testings, and temptations)
Crown of Glory
1 Peter 5:2-4 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over these entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. (this is talking about anyone who was entrusted with a sheep who led by Godly example: pastors, teachers, leaders, parents, ect. Matt. 5:19 says…anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Crown of Rejoicing
1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His Coming?
Daniel 12:3 Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament(sky), and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit…(obeying Jesus’ great commission).
As I have researched crowns outside of the Bible I have ran into many opinions that we are not to focus on our crowns cause that would be works. If we are focused on works then it would self centered, not being humble and on and on. However we need to listen to the Lord and His teachings and not mans teachings. In Rev.3:11 Jesus says to the faithful church, “I am coming soon. Hold onto what you have so that no one takes your crown.” So why would Jesus say it is important to hold on to your crown when it doesn’t get us into Heaven or earn our salvation? One reason being it is our gift to Him when we arrive into eternity. Besides ourselves being presented to Him, we can lay our crown or crowns down at His feet as a special gift to Him. The only one who is worthy to wear them. If it wasn’t for His constant guidance and continual presence around us we would not have those crowns.
Colossians 3:23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord and not onto men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. ( Our inheritance is being with Him as part of His family in our Heavenly home for eternity. The promise of crowns is to us who labor for Him.) Others will see our good works, good fruits, and good deeds. We can’t help this. It is truly a heart issue…are you serving man or serving Adonai, your Lord?
Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where theives do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your HEART will be also.”
Salvation was a free gift to us from God thru His Son for all who repent. The least we can do is live for Him, to allow His image to reflect in us thru the way we live. So we can earn a crown that we can present Him with in exchange for the crown of thorns he wore for us.
I like to think that the crowns are a way of Adonai, Our Lord, saying..” I see you, I watch you, I am always with you, I know what you are doing for me, what you are enduring in my name.” ~ Amen and praise be to You, Our King….who will one day wear our crowns.~