Tuesday, October 15, 2013


"The four and twenty elders fall down before Him that sat on the throne, and worship Him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created" (Rev. 4:10-11).
Have you ever wondered why the elders before the Lord's throne are wearing crowns?  It is because they will have earned them.  They will have made a serious effort to have self-control.  Their certain hope in His return will have given them great joy.  They will have been made righteous in Christ.  They will have been faithful in shepherding God's flock.  And they will have loved God more than life itself.
Have you ever wondered why the elders will take off their crowns and cast them at the Lord's feet?  It is because, in reality, they will know they did not actually earn them.  It will have been the Holy Spirit, who graciously provides them with their ability, their joy, their righteousness, their desire to be faithful, and their comprehension of the glory that belongs to God alone!  As a result, they will simply be giving them back to the One who really deserves all honor!  
"And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.  Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an INCORRUPTIBLE (CROWN)" (1 Cor. 9:25).

"For what is our hope, or joy, or CROWN OF REJOICING?  Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?  For ye are our glory and joy" (1 Thes. 2:19-20).
"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" (2 Tim. 4:8).
"Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.  And when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a CROWN OF GLORY that fadeth not away"  (1 Pet. 5:2-4).
"Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a CROWN OF LIFE" (Rev. 2:10).

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