Be Ready for Troubles

“Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
—Revelation 2:10c, emphasis added

To the Smyrnean church, and His children in every church age, Jesus exhorted: “Be faithful!” Why? Because Christ is the One who will award the prized crowns. The faithful will be specially crowned if they are saved by grace and are triumphant in life. Here are the five prized crowns that Christ will present to His faithful ones:

1.       The crown of righteousness is reserved for the victorious warriors who said no to sin throughout their lives. (2 Timothy 4:8)

2.      The unfading crown is reserved for the steadfast racers who disciplined their body for Christ. (1 Corinthians 9:25-27)

3.      The crown of life is reserved for those who were faithful unto death. (Revelation 2:10James 1:12)

4.      The crown of honor is reserved for those who were unselfish soul winners in life. (1 Thessalonians 2:91 Thessalonians 2:3-9Philippians 4:1)

5.      The crown of glory is reserved for those who were examples to the flock. (1 Peter 5:3-4)

G. C. Morgan has noted that “faithful” means “be convinced.” In Revelation 1:5 Christ refers to himself as “the faithful witness.” Because He is always so faithful, His children are convinced they must rest in Him, and depend on what He says. So “be convinced” of Him, and He will be your constant strength and courage!

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