Five Kinds of Crowns
people will receive crowns in heaven as a special kind of reward for their sacrificial
living while on earth. The twenty-four elders seated around God’s throne wear
golden crowns and white garments (Revelation 4:4). While we don’t know the identity
of these individuals or even exactly what the crowns represent, we do know these
people overcame intense difficulties. The Greek word used for "crown"
in this passage is stephanos: a victor’s crown.
Five different crowns are mentioned in Scripture:
The imperishable crown for those
who exhibit disciplined lives (1 Corinthians 9:25–27).
The crown of rejoicing for those
who lead others to Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:19–20, Philippians 4:1).
The crown of righteousness for
those who love his appearing (2 Timothy 4:8).
The crown of glory for those who
faithfully shepherd the flock (1 Peter 5:2–4).
The crown of life for those who
overcome spiritual battles (James 1:12, Revelation 2:10).
The above list is probably
more suggestive than it is exhaustive. God may hand out crowns to many other
faithful believers and for many other purposes. These crowns won’t be awarded
so we can show off our earthly accomplishments. Nor will they be for the purpose
of making a fashion statement. I believe that these crowns signify different
positions and assignments throughout eternity.
[Excerpt from Kent Crockett’s
forthcoming book, Making Today Count for Eternity, Multnomah Publishers,
June 2001 release date]