Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Crown of Glory

Revelation Series
Over the last three days we have looked at the imperishable crown, one that does not fade away and the crown of rejoicing, an eternity of bountiful blessings our gracious God has showered upon us, the crown of righteousness that we receive not because of our good deeds but because of what Christ has done for us. Today we will look at The Crown of Glory.
 “And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.” 1 Peter 5:4
Though Peter is addressing the elders, we must also remember that the crown will be awarded to all those who long for or love His appearing. Recall Stephen who, while being stoned to death as the church’s first martyr, was able to look into the heavens and see the glory of God. This word also means that the praise and honor we bestow to God alone is due Him because of who He is.  It also recognizes that believers are incredibly blessed to enter into the kingdom, into the very likeness of Christ Himself.
For as The Apostle Paul so eloquently put it, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” Romans 8:18
The Chief Shepherd that will be appearing is Jesus Christ who upon his second coming will judge all people and give rewards to his faithful followers. The "crown of glory," while metaphorical, pictures the glory believers will receive that is eternal and unchanging. What better motivation for our selfless service here on earth! What better motivation for our keeping the faith in the face of suffering and temptation!
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