Wednesday, August 18

The Five Crowns in Heaven

Ever heard of them? In recent times, to the common man, the "Five Crowns" are unheard of. Not to all, but many. Others know of the five crowns. Whether you personally have heard of them or not, let us take a look at these crowns - how we earn them, and what they are. (Photo credit to: Dallas Vintage)

Do you think Christians believe by blind faith? Many do, and Jesus says "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." (John 20:29) We walk by faith, not by sight. But you do not need to have "blind faith" as some call it, to believe. Look around you! Something intelligent designed everything around us, science has a law that everything must have a creator - but because God IS the creator, he did not need to be created, for he is outside linear time. There is much archaeological, historical, physical, and spiritual evidence to prove the Bible.

Put plainly, after you become a true follower of Christ, you also gain the capability to have rewards in Heaven. But what other the rewards? Is your mansion bigger than the next? Is your robe heavier? Well, one of the upcoming topics I plan to cover is what the Bible gives us description-wise about Heaven. But in this entry, we'll look at the crowns rewarded to the faithful.

The Bible mentions five literal crowns. The Crown of Incorruption, The Crown of Rejoicing, The Crown of Life, The Crown of Glory, and The Crown of Righteousness. Sounds too fantastic to be true, right? Believers being sent to a "mystical place" where they wear white robes and get crowns, living under the reign of Jesus? Nothing is too hard for the Lord.

With God, the impossible becomes possible. None of what the Bible tells us is too hard for the Lord, too great a feat to be accomplished. That said, let's take a look at each Crown and how they can be obtained. Bear in mind that more than one kind of crown can be obtained by any one person.

The Crown of Incorruption. This crown is given to those who live a disciplined life. Mentioned in 1st Corinthians 9:25, "Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last [corruptible crown]; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever [incorruptible crown]." The simple truth: only those who strive in life will get this crown, those who do not, will not.

The Crown of Rejoicing. This crown is given to those who joyously express their faith. I have met many people throughout my life who have done so, and it would not surprise me in the least if they got this crown. 1st Thessalonians 2:19, "For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes..."

Other translations explicitly say "crown of rejoicing." If you do not joyously express your faith, you will not gain the crown, put bluntly. Daniel 12:3 says, "Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever." Many scholars take this to mean, if you lead others to righteousness by expressing your faith, you will receive a crown that will shine like the "brightness of the heavens."


The Crown of Life. James 1:12 says, "Blessed are those who persevere under trial, because when they have stood the test, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him." The Crown of Life is given to those who are patient, who endure the trials and tribulations in life. Revelation 2:10 says, "...Be faithful even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life." This crown is also referred to as the "Martyr's Crown."

The Crown of Glory. This Crown is given to those who are faithful in ministering to the world. 1st Peter 5:2-4 says, "Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, watching over them - not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away."

The Crown of Righteousness. 2nd Timothy 4:8 says, "Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing." This crown is for all those who long for the return of Jesus. Those who do not believe that Jesus will return or do not care will not receive this crown.

That, dear readers, are the five crowns. But are these the only rewards in heaven? Certainly not. Let's learn a little more about these rewards. Revelation 3:11 says, "I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown." In other words, we are to guard ourselves, to be on our guard and to continue in faithfulness.

Crowns can be lost. (Matthew 6:2, 2nd John 1:7-8) However, as stated, if you stay faithful to God, we will not lose rewards in Heaven. Revelation 4:4 says, "... They were all clothed in white and had gold crowns on their heads." Jesus himself wore a crown of thorns at his death.

However, when he returns, John tells us that "on his head were many crowns." (Revelation 19:11-19) When Christ returns, he will show his true standing, as we know him to be the Son of God. There are many scripture references to that fact that crowns and rewards in heaven are for those who overcome, who are victorious. (Philippians 3:12-14, 1st Corinthians 9:24-27, Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; 21:7)

The Bible teaches that there will be a "reward system" in Heaven. Do not live your life merely for rewards, but know that whatever hardships you may face in life, if you have accepted Jesus as the only one who can save you, have confessed that "Jesus is Lord," believe that he is risen from the dead, and ask God for forgiveness of your sins, you will enter Heaven. God makes it clear that if you do not, you will not enter Heaven.

The crowns are where our works come into play. You have heard it said that works cannot get you into Heaven, and that is true. If you stand before a Judge, and try to explain how you've been a good person, the Judge [God] is going to say, "That's great, but you are on trial because you have broken the law." (The Ten Commandments, which we have all broken.) The only way to get to Heaven, to be saved, is not through Mary, not through false worship of other demi-gods, but by accepting Jesus, accepting the penalty that he paid for us.

However, good works will get rewarded. That's why we are told to "store up our treasures in Heaven." So what can we take away from all of this? Follow Colossians 3:2. "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." That wasn't a suggestion, folks. That was a command from the Word of God. Now, am I telling you that bills should not be paid, you shouldn't worry about raising children or about work? No, what I am telling you is the same thing Christ told us - stop worrying so much about temporal things, and worry about where you're going to spend eternity.

We have got - at the most, due to the sins of Noah's generation, 120 Years to live. We used to have 1,000, but we ruined that for ourselves. After that, what next? Will your next conscience thought be at Heaven - or Hell? Ask yourself. An atheist could stand before God and say, "I don't believe in you." God could turn around and say, "I don't believe in you!" Of course, I do not think that would exactly happen, but we need to be mindful of everything we do, for in everything we do, we ought to honor God. (See entry: What does it mean to walk by faith?)

I thank you for taking the time to read this, I trust that you have been able to take away something from this, and that it improves your relations with God and man. You can contact me at vexx801@yahoo.com, visit the facebook page, or leave a comment. God Bless You, and Take Care. Troy Hillman

19 comments:

  1. This really cleared my mind up about what the five crowns are, I was in a bible study at church and it came up so I wanted some clarification this is a great site.
    God Bless

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  2. Glad to have been of help. It is certainly an interesting topic. God bless,
    Troy Hillman

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  3. Hey, I used to think we had 120 years left as well, but if you look into it doesnt actually say that... It says 70.. Im pretty sure.. not exactly tho but yah

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  4. Not necessarily. Since writing this entry, I've done research into that, and have touched on it in other entries. Genesis 6:3 says, "My Spirit will not contend with human beings forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years." Here, God was not stating that we could only live to be 120. This would be self-defeating, as several humans after He said this lived to be older than 120. What the text meant was simply this: From the moment God said that until the moment He told Noah to build the ark was 120 years. God gave 120 years to Humanity before telling Noah to build to allow them chances to repent and turn from their ways - yet they did not. The seventy years comes from Psalm 90:10 which says, "Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away." 70-80 is the average life expectancy. People in modern years have lived to be in some cases 125 years old, so it is evident that when God "numbered their days," He was simply giving the people of the Pre-Flood world 120 years to turn from their ways.

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  5. I am glad I read this thing, I am a born again Christian for a year but never heard of this so called crowns. All I know is that all those who will go to heaven will wear a crown. Thanks.

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  6. Thank you Troy, great clarifications and research.

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    1. You are most welcome! Glad to have helped.

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    2. The Blood of Jesus on altar before the Father when sealed with the Father will release all things pertaining to Life & Godlyness as sons under the reign of King Jesus. bro hugh

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  7. I was sitting down and talking to my spouse about rewards in Heaven. He stated there is no reward system in Heaven. We were in disagreement about crowns but not rewards. This site help to explain to us that both are in Heaven.

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    1. Anonymous,
      I suppose that does indeed happen among couples, but I am glad that the information was able to help you both out!

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  8. So are you saying that just like here on earth Heaven has a class system? If so will the crown wearers be the upper class? I don't total understand.

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    1. Anonymous,
      First off, I apologize for the delayed response. Now, I suppose in some ways it can be considered a class system. I do not know if the crowns will make much of a difference, but there are a few things from Scripture regarding heaven and future events that may clarify for you:
      - Revelation 4:4 mentions the Great White Throne of God, and "surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their head." This suggests that the twenty four "elders" are in a position of high authority compared to other individuals, implying a class system [*It has been thought that these are the twelve sons of Jacob and the twelve disciples of Jesus, minus Judas Iscariot possibly replaced by Paul or another - see Matthew 19:28 for the reference on that]
      - Isaiah 66:17-24 and Revelation 21:24, 26 and 22:2 implies the presence of different "nations," which also suggests a class system.
      - An example of a non-human class system is that of angels. There are different classes mentioned in Scripture, such as cherubim (Genesis 3:24) or a guardian cherub (Ezekiel 28:14, 16), seraphim/seraphs (Isaiah 6), the archangel (possibly only one canonical angel - Michael; 1st Thessalonians 4:16, Jude 9), so forth.

      But does this represent a "class system," per se, or does it simply recognize in God's eyes that we are all different individuals, with different personalities, backgrounds, lifestyles, and individual lives? Is it His way of recognizing our individuality?

      Hope this was able to somewhat answer your question. I apologize again for the long-delayed reply. Take care and God bless you, Anonymous!

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  9. I search for a good sunday school topic and i found it.Its a great lesson I love to share it to others. thanks God bless.

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    1. Anonymous,
      Glad to hear it! Warms my heart. Take care and God bless you!

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    1. Jim,
      Excellent question! Unfortunately, I cannot provide Biblical reference either way. If I had to reason through it, however, I venture to guess that crowns are not traded in Heaven. Why? Well, crowns are giving out individually based on the deeds and actions of a person while on earth, so to trade a crown to someone else is essentially saying that your deeds and actions were meaningless, as is theirs, so you take the aesthetic value over the spiritual value. Does this answer your question, Jim?

      God bless!

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  11. Thank You for getting Back with me Troy.
    May I tell you way I wonder about this?

    #1 Jacob and Esau, Esau sold his birth right for a bowl of pottage.
    #2 Rev 3:11.

    Now I tell You about me. I have Gods gift of Giving,
    I have had it all My life, anytime any body ask anything from me i will most always give them. And also I most never get paid back, I have ask God about this, I say God, I feel this is a curse , not a gift.
    And it just came to me to ask people for one of there crowns as payment. I will just say something like : just give me your crown and we not worry about the $100.
    Does this make any since of am i just crazy,
    Best regards Jim



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  12. Troy , your teaching is great. It kind of summarize for me all the crowns at one glance . But there is something I would like to point out, I once heard from a preacher George annadorai , the east gate keeper from Singapore that the 12 elders can't be 12 disciples becos John cant be seeing his own clone sitting there. John is one of the 12 disciples, He saw this vision of 24 elders, if he has seen himself sitting there , surely he would have exclaimed , ' oh , I saw myself sitting there????' I saw the 24 elders, one of them was me? I saw myself sitting there ?

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    1. Anonymous,
      Thank you for commenting! George Annadorai may very well be correct. Revelation does not tell us either way who these 24 elders actually are - that comes down to a matter of interpretation. While it is entirely true that John may have said "I am one of the 24 elders!" if he saw his future self, it is also entirely possible that he did not for a number of reasons. First of all, he may not have recognized his future self, and as these elders were on the ground worshiping (Rev. 4:10), he may not have actually seen their faces. It is also entirely possible that God did not want him to reveal his identity as a heavenly elder, because if he did it would clue the reader in to the fact that the twelve disciples (minus Judas) are likely twelve of the elders, and he may have wanted it to remain another Biblical mystery (he is indeed noted to be a God of surprises).

      So, Annadorai may be entirely correct in his interpretation or his point, but it is worth noting that there are other considerations as well. Thank you kindly for sharing!

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