In the life that we live here on Earth, we must deal with adversity at times. At times, it is a very hard life to walk! But, because of the love of Jesus, and the grace of God, we don’t have to walk it alone, because we have the Holy Spirit to give us the strength, will, and endurance needed to complete our journey here on Earth.
And because God knows the kingdom journey back to Him will be hard, for those of us who complete their kingdom journey will not only receive an inheritance, but also will receive rewards.
In this series, we will learn about an award that comes in the form of crowns. As a citizen of heaven, for clothing you will receive either a robe or a gown to wear. The one(s) you receive will be based upon what you did down here on Earth.
In this study, you will discover that those who are given a robe will also receive a crown. For the next 4 weeks you will learn about the Crowns of the Kingdom of Heaven, their purpose, and who is entitled to wear them.
The purpose of this teaching is to give you some hope that you may also receive a crown for the suffering and adversity you may have had to endure to achieve God’s will for your life.
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Enjoy this study and may God continue to bless you!
Pastor Barrye Harmon
To receive complete revelation of the Holy Crown lesson let’s begin by looking at three passages as our foundational scripture(s) to receive complete understand of the Holy Crown:.
Hebrews 12:1-4 – the writer of Hebrews talks about running with endurance, the race God has set before us.
1 Corinthians 9:24-25 – in which Paul talks to the people of Corinth about running a race in comparison to an athlete.
Philippians 2:12-16 – here Paul is addressing the people of Philippi, again using the analogy of running the race in vain.
What is this race?
The race is “the walking out our salvation” and to all who are victorious will receive the “Holy Crown” the incorruptible crown.
How do we become victorious?
We become victorious by keeping our eyes in Jesus! Let’s look at Hebrews 12:1-4.
1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. 3Think of all the hostility He endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. 4After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.
Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith, and this is where our faith comes from; we develop our faith by believing in Jesus. The more you believe in and trust Jesus, the stronger your faith will become. You must condition your mind, just as athletes condition their bodies for an event.
In 1 Corinthians 9:24-25, Paul talks about running the race in comparison to an athlete.
24Don’t you realize that in a race everybody runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.
The prizes that athletes worked and trained so hard for, which faded away, were made of wild olive branches for the Olympic games, laurel for the Pythian games; Parsley for the Nemean games, and Pine for the Ishmian games. The question then is this: If the athletes during Paul’s time worked hard for something that faded away, why is it so hard for humans of our time to work for an eternal prize that will never fade away, never rust or rot? It breaks my heart to see people living any kind of way, doing sinful things, thinking that God doesn’t see or hear them. This eternal race that we are running is called Salvation. I’m here to tell you once saved not always saved. As we can see, there are some things that we must do in order to please God, and not end up in Hell with Satan.
Salvation is a gift-it is not a right!
Let’s move on to Philippians 2:12-16 – here Paul is addressing the people of Philippi, again using the analogy of running the race, but in vain. I’ll pick up with the scripture after the first sentence.
…12 Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. 14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticizes you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, 15 shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. 16 Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and my work was not useless.
This shows us that one we receive the gift of salvation we cannot just live our lives any kind of way. We must work hard so that others may see the results by obeying God. It is God that helps us to maintain our salvation, we can’t do it alone. And if you are not living for God, then He does not dwell in you. You must be holy as God is holy.
How do we live for God?
We live for God by living clean, innocent lives. Living by every word of God (Old & New Testaments). Being obedient to His commands, decrees, and instructions. Being in a place to hear His voice, so that He may direct your paths. You are somebody! You are the Joy of the Lord!
Hold firmly to the word of life (JESUS); then, on the day of Christ’s return, you will be proud that you did not run the race in vain and your work was not useless. AMEN!
Remember this, Christ died for you – so live for Him! Then, you will have won your eternal prize; the incorruptible crown, the Holy Crown.