Thursday, 2 October 2008

We are striving for a crown

"And every man that strives to overcome is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we, an incorruptible." - 1 Corinthians 9:25

"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 Timothy 4:8

"Blessed is the man who endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him." - James 1:12

"And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown of glory that does not fade away." - 1 Peter 5:4

"Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried; you shall have tribulation ten days: be faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life. " - Revelation 2:10

"Behold, I am coming quickly: hold that fast which you have, that no man should take your crown. " - Revelation 3:11

Why do we have a crown of glory to look ahead to? Because someone once wore a crown of another kind:

"And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, and said, 'Hail, King of the Jews!' and they struck him with their hands." - John 19:2-3

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