Crowns | Victor Tey

 

Crown of GLORY

  1. Earned by being a good example
    1. 1 Peter 5:1-4 – ensamples to the flock
    2. Proverbs 4:1-9 – get wisdom, get understanding
    3. Proverbs 12:3 – virtuous woman (compare Proverbs 31)
    4. Proverbs 16:31 – righteous hoary head
    5. Isaiah 62:1-3 – shall see thy righteousness
  2. Application for us to consider
    1. How are your actions or inactions affecting others?
      1. Matthew 12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
      2. There is no middle ground, you are either gathering or scattering
    2. Luke 13:6-9 – fruitless fig tree
      1. no fruit = why cumbereth it the ground?
      2. It still draws nutrients/resources from the soil/church.
      3. It’s not that we don’t want those type of people here (unless they’re anti-soulwinning)
      4. I want to provoke you to good works and make you realise your inaction has an effect on others.
      5. Dung is good for a tree, even though it isn’t always pleasant smelling.
      6. Those of us who are older in the faith shouldn’t be discouraged, we ought to bear the burden of the younger people in Christ. Like we suffer the little children in church.

The Crown of PRIDE

  1. Isaiah 28:1-5 – crown of pride, crown of glory
    1. beautiful but temporary (v1)
    2. sinful (v1)
    3. Lord shall cast it down (v2)
    4. the Lord is our crown of glory (v5)
      1. Jeremiah 9:23-24 – understandeth and knoweth me
      2. 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
      3. 2 Corinthians 10:12-18
  2. Application for us to consider
    1. Service and humility are rewarded with glory
    2. Philippians 2:5-11 – humbled himself / God also hath highly exalted him
    3. Matthew 23:11-12 – the greatest is a servant
    4. Luke 18:9-14 – Pharisee and Publican
    5. Jeremiah 13:15-18 – the crown of your glory

Crown of REJOICING

  1. Earned by winning souls to Christ
    1. 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20 – are not even ye?
    2. Numbers 26:53-54 – To many thou shalt give the more inheritance
    3. 1 Corinthians 9:16-25 – Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
  2. Application for us to consider
    1. How much time do you have left?
    2. How much time do they have left?

Crown of LIFE

  1. Earned by enduring temptations and trials
    1. James 1:12 when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life
    2. Revelation 2:10 – faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
    3. Revelation 3:10-11 – hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
  2. Probably the most difficult crown to earn so far and we see so little persecution
    1. 1 Peter 2:19-21 – For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently?
  3. Application for us to consider
    1. Succumbing to sin is never worth it
    2. Be joyful when persecution comes because it means the rewards are greater
      1. Luke 6:20-23 – leap for joy
      2. James 1:2 – count it all joy

Crown of RIGHTEOUSNESS

2 Timothy 4
1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions (crown of life), do the work of an evangelist (crown of rejoicing), make full proof of thy ministry (crown of glory).
6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
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.

  1. Earned by keeping the faith
    1. consistency (v2) and faithfulness (v7)
      1. Don’t make new year resolutions, make new LIFE resolutions
      2. Then you will plan out your years with the right perspective
    2. Could this crown be a combination of the previous 3? (v5)
  2. Application for us to consider
    1. Excel in all areas of the christian faith, don’t be a one hit wonder.
    2. Finish your course – so easy to be excited and then fall away (stony ground hearer)
    3. Don’t compare yourself to others, we will be judged according to our own ability. Are you doing your best?

Crown of THORNS

John 19
1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.
2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,
3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.
4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.
5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!

  1. Worn by our Blessed Saviour!
    1. Galatians 3:13 – being made a curse for us
    2. Romans 5:8 – God commendeth his love
    3. Muslims think God becoming a man degrades the glory of God. But it exalts the love of God.
      1. Would the God of glory be born of a woman and come into this creation?
      2. ill. climbing through a sewer
      3. Yes if it was to save a sinner
      4. Hebrews 4:14-16 – touched with the feeling of our infirmities
  2. Revelation 4:8-11 – All honour and glory will be returned to the Lamb when we cast our crowns at his feet.

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  1. John Reuben Anglin 30 March 2016
    • John Reuben Anglin 30 March 2016

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