The Crown of Life

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The “Crown of Life” is only mentioned a few times but, can be better understood if those references are shown together. So many things in the Bible are mysterious because we don’t take the time to thoroughly research all of the descriptions that are given “precept upon precept and line by line.”

James 1:12 follows quite a few verses talking about enduring trials/temptations and persevering…”Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved/tried, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. “
He makes it sound like the “crown of life” is not an automatic for every Christian but, is something to “earn”.
Rev.2:10 confirms this idea ~ “‘Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. “
This is a prophecy to one of the 2 “faithful churches” in Revelation, so who knows what is to be taken literal and what is not but, the point to endure and overcome trial to obtain the crown of life is clear.
What is interesting is that the same crown seems to be obtainable in this life; because the most faithful church seems to already have “earned” it. in Rev. 3 ~ ‘Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11‘I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown. “
 
Notice that they are commended for having kept Jesus word of perseverance/patient endurance and are exhorted to hold on to what they already have…their crown!

I believe that the “Crown of Life” is symbolic of the promise to “reign in life”. (See Romans 5:17)

Listen to what Paul wrote to Timothy in his second letter, verses 11-13.

This saying is faithful: “For if we died with him, we will also live with him.12If we endure, we will also reign with him. If we deny him, he also will deny us.13If we are faithless, he remains faithful. He can’t deny himself.”

These powerful verses are probably ignored by much of Christianity because they are difficult without the understanding of how Jesus divides between soul and spirit. Clearly, Paul and the Holy Spirit aren’t being inconsistent.

 Denying Him will cause him to deny us reign with him but, he will never deny us as children because we are joined to Christ in Spirit forever, nothing can separate us from God!

But, we have to chose to remain faithful to him in our soul. He will not deny our spirit because our spirit has been born of God and is one with Him! However, we must persevere in the “word of patient endurance” which is keeping his name and not denying him.

When we do this; we receive the crown of life and reign with him in life! Also, only the “church of Philadelphia” is promised that they will be protected from the hour of trial that is coming!

If you study these verses for yourself; you will see a few consistent “requirements” to obtain the “crown of life.”

1. Endure

2.Do not fear the coming trouble

3.Remain faithful and keep the name of Jesus our Lord.

4. Love the Lord. Agape love him with all your being.

I am still studying the relation but, I see a lot of similarities here between the “salvation of our souls.”

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