What are the types of CROWNS found in the Bible?

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Q. What are the different types of CROWNS found in the Bible? A. Chapter 7. who Persian King Ahasuerus made the chief minister of state instead of Haman: "So Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white. a crown of glory she will deliver to you. . 3) Crowns of Glory • The crown that wisdom gives: "She will place on your head an ornament of grace. you set a crown of pure gold upon his head." (Proverbs 4:9) .some pertaining to this life only and others that believers will receive for eternity. NKJV throughout) For a description of all the clothes the priest wore see Josephus' History (Antiquities) of the Jews. with a great crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple. There are even a crown or two that are not nice to have! Here are some of the crowns mentioned in the Bible: Crowns of Gold • Crown worn by the High Priest: "Then they made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold. . and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad. and wrote on it an inscription like the engraving of a signet: HOLINESS TO THE LORD. Book 3. and in your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! . " (Esther 8:15) • King David rejoiced over the crown God gave him: "The king shall have joy in Your strength. • Crown worn by Mordecai. O Lord. For You meet him with the blessings of goodness. Thank you for asking such an interesting question! There are many different kinds of crowns the Bible mentions ." (Exodus 39:30. " (Psalm 21:1.

Say to the king and to the queen mother." (Proverbs 16:31) • The glory that Jerusalem shall be in the sight of God: "For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace. if it is found in the way of righteousness. 2Kings 11:12.• The crown given to the aged: "The silver-haired head is a crown of glory. and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest. will receive a crown of glory from Jesus: "The elders who are among you I exhort. nor as being lords over those entrusted to you. for your rule shall collapse. . be gloriously restored by God: "In that day the Lord of hosts will be for a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty to the remnant of His people ." (2Samuel 1:10. ." (Isaiah 28:5) • Those who serve and help guide the church. my soul will weep in secret for your pride . . In that day the Lord of hosts will be for a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty. and have brought them here to my lord.3) • The crown of glory (rulership) would be taken from the King of Israel due to his pride: "But if you will not hear it. especially in the end time. . . . not by compulsion but willingly. Song of Solomon 3:11) Crown of Deception • The crown or power given to false christs and false prophets. and her salvation as a lamp that burns ." (Isaiah 62:1. Sit down. to . but being examples to the flock. you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. serving as overseers. and when the Chief Shepherd appears. until her righteousness goes forth as brightness. see also 2Samuel 12:30. if they do so willingly. honestly and without ruling the faith of others. in the future. 'Humble yourselves.' " (Jeremiah 13:17-18) • The Kingdom of Judah will. not for dishonest gain but eagerly." (1Peter 5:1-4) Crown worn by Kings • "And I took the crown that was on his head and the bracelet that was on his arm. and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: "Shepherd the flock of God which is among you. I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ. the crown of your glory.

He who sat on it had a bow. and he went out conquering and to conquer." (Proverbs 14:24) Crown of Pride • The pride of the Northern Ten Tribes of Israel (whose capital was Samaria) would be broken: "Woe to the crown of pride. and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing." (Revelation 6:2. 3) Crown of Rejoicing • "For what is our hope. Which is at the head of the verdant valleys. and a crown was given to him. there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness. for when he has been approved. a white horse. or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?" (1Thessalonians 2:19) Crown of Righteousness • Crown of Righteousness will be given to the Apostle Paul and all those who believe in God: "Finally.deceive and conquer: "And I looked. . " (Isaiah 28:1. and behold. . he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love . . The crown of pride. or joy. . see Matthew 24:5) Crown of her Husband • "An excellent wife is the crown of her husband . which the Lord. . whose glorious beauty is a fading flower." (2Timothy 4:8) Crowns of Life • Those who are faithful to God and endure to the end will receive a crown of life: "Blessed is the man who endures temptation. to the drunkards of Ephraim. the drunkards of Ephraim. to those who are overcome with wine! . the righteous Judge. . will give to me on that Day." (Proverbs 12:4) Crown of the Wise • "The crown of the wise is their riches . will be trampled underfoot.

Joe Temple Click here for a printer friendly format. please. but of a ready mind. but willingly. which is described in the Bible as the “Crown of Rejoicing." (Revelation 2:10) Crown of Glory: Undershepherd's Crown Dr. Introduction Open your Bibles. We have already considered four. and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you." (James 1:12) " . Be faithful until death. not by constraint. One of those judgments was the Judgment Seat of Christ. and a witness of the sufferings of Christ. Five Crowns We have thought about the Soul Winner's Crown. and I will give you the crown of life. Notice especially verse 4: You will recall that some time ago we began. taking the oversight thereof. to consider the judgments which are yet future. . The rewards which our Lord is pleased to bestow are presented in the Bible in the form of crowns–five of them. not for filthy lucre. in our series of prophetic discussions. ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. for every man shall have praise of God. chapter 5. who am also an elder.Him. . but being ensamples to the flock. verse 1: I Peter 5 1 The elders which are among you I exhort. Everyone will receive some kind of reward. At that seat we will all appear to receive a reward for the deeds done in the body according to whether they are good or evil–that is. . 3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage. whether they be worth something or worth nothing. to the first Epistle of Peter. now we consider the fifth one.” that crown which is to be bestowed upon every believer who has had the privilege of having a part in the winning of any soul to Christ. 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear.

you will find that it is erroneous to refer to it as a “pastor's crown. the one who loves the appearing of the Lord will live the the blessed hope as the goal of his entire Christian experience. In our last lesson. I believe has been mistakenly called the “pastor's crown. Did you notice it? I Peter 5 1 The elders which are among you I exhort. Let me suggest to you that we have not looked at these crowns in the order of their importance. the Crown of Glory. to the believer who is faithful under trial. I want to have a crown–at least one–to give Him. so I do not suppose there is much point in thinking about it. who am also an elder. and to the believer who is faithful unto death. so to speak. and that is the reason why I do not want anyone to receive my crown. The Scriptures call it the “Crown of Life. because I have no way of knowing that one is any more important than the others. We and the twenty and four elders in the book of the Revelation will cast our crowns at the feet of the Lord.Then we thought about the Crown of Self-Denial. we discussed the crown that will be presented to the faithful servant.” It will be presented to the believer who is faithful. who is willing to deny himself. Then we discussed the third crown.. who is willing to live by mortifying the deeds of the flesh.” It is the crown which is bestowed upon every believer who is willing to keep the flesh under control. It is called in the Scriptures the “Crown of Righteousness.” Because it has been referred to as the “pastor's crown. Of course. Mistakenly Called the Pastor's Crown The crown that we are now going to think about. They say.” I would rather refer to it as the “Undershepherd's Crown.” Elders of an Assembly I refer to it as the “Undershepherd's Crown” because of the address which the Apostle Peter makes in the first verse.” many of God's dear children begin to lose interest when you begin to talk about it. The answer is that we want these crowns because we are going to have the opportunity to lay them at the feet of the Lord Jesus Christ. “I am not a pastor and if I am not a pastor. Do we want to walk around the street of Heaven with our heads top-heavy. For an Opportunity to Worship Christ Now we come to the last of the five–the Crown of Glory.” I believe that if you will examine all the Scriptures related to this crown. then I will not be able to receive this crown. which is called the “Incurruptible Crown. You may wonder why we as believers would be selfish enough to want crowns.” because it is given to every individual who loves the appearing of the Lord. with a great stack of crowns? Are we that full of self? No. which is related to the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. We have looked at them only in the order in which they are found in the Word of God. and a witness of .

but rather one who is mature in spiritual experience.” Need for Patience One of the requirements of an elder is patience. as they are presented in Paul's letters to Timothy and his letter to Titus. “Well.the sufferings of Christ. I would like to suggest to you that some of the requirements of elders. If you are part of a flock and you assume. An elder must be patient enough to listen to all of the burdens and the heartaches and the troubles of the sheep in the flock. The word “convince” means to exhort to the point of persuasion. The word “exhort” means to encourage. the responsibility of ministering to the needs of the flock. If you have not realized it heretofore. If I were discussing this crown with regard to pastors. He should be able to convince. This being the ministry of elders. but it is also available to all who recognize the privilege that is theirs of ministering to the flock of God. Someone may say. Elders are those individuals to whom the Holy Spirit has given the gift of being an elder. The word “flock” is emphasized in verse 2: I Peter 5 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you.… God has His flocks everywhere. and no doubt you will discover that you have the appointment in view of the needs with which you are faced and your ability under the Holy Spirit to meet those needs. you can see why I say to you that this crown is available not only to pastors who stand in the pulpit and preach the Word. indicatetos us why it is proper to refer to this crown as the “Undershepherds's Crown. you should now realize that spiritual maturity is not necessarily related to calender years. Keep in mind that the word “elder” is not exclusively a reference to one who is old in age. a lover of men who are following the Lord. He wants to stand with them and be able to help them in whatever way he can. then I would reserve this message for a convention . under God. and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: In any assembly the Holy Spirit has more than one elder. An elder is one who is a lover of good men–that is. Crown Based On Discharge of Duties This is a reason I am talking to undershephers in this message and not to pastors. That is the reason you find the word always in the plural. You will recognize in verse 3 the word “flock” again and the word “heritage”–God's heritage–used in connection with the flock. Ability to Exhort Another requirement of an elder is that he should be able to exhort. then you are one of God's undershepherds. when will I get my appointment?” The Holy Spirit will make it.

you have enough food to share with someone else. not for filthy lucre. ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. The way that you discharge your duties as an undershepherd will determine whether or not you receive the crown. 3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage. I do not know anything about feeding a flock. taking the oversight thereof.” You may say. then you are not listening the way you ought to listen. If you have not enough food to share with someone else. then we miss the point entirely. “I am not a Bible teacher. We remind you that you have not manufactured all the food that you set on the table. because this word “feed” is a translation of a Greek word which elsewhere in the Scriptures is translated by the word “shepherd. Being an undershepherd. If we look at this word “feed” with regard to spiritual food only. The Lord Jesus Christ is the chief Shepherd. so I could not very well fulfill that command.of preachers. I trust the Holy Spirit of God will speak to our hearts as we recognize the way that we should discharge the duties of the undershepherd.” . and every believer mature in Christian experience has the opportunity of being the undershepherd if he will. when you see the word “shepherd” in your New Testament. Look at verses 2 and 3: I Peter 5 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you. Responsible for Feeding the Flock As I look at these two verses I notice two responsibilities of the undershepherd. but being ensamples to the flock. and the Holy Spirit is not putting these things in your heart and your mind as He wants to put them there. You can feed the flock of God. it is the noun form of this particular verb. he has the opportunity of receiving the crown–the Crown of Glory that fadeth not away.” As a matter of fact. but I believe it is a crown that is available to all who are willing to be undershepherds.” We remind you that you have not grown all the food you feed your family. Notice in verse 4 the reason for the crown: I Peter 5 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear. What is it we are reading here? “Shepherd the flock. but you have a way of getting it. One of the responsibilities is described in verse 2 in the phrase “feed the flock of God which is among you. but willingly. I would like to remind you that you do not receive this crown just because you consider yourself an undershepherd. If you have the opportunity of sitting under the ministry of the Word here or somewhere else. not by constraint. but of a ready mind.

lest any root of bitterness 5 springing up trouble you. I want to remind you that you ought to open your eyes and your ears and recognize that all around you are some of God's dear flock. sometimes people get the idea that when they have fed the flock that is all there is to do. as Esau. Turn with me in you Bibles. without which no man shall see the Lord: 4 1 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God. and notice a translation of the same Greek word which means “looking diligently” after the flock of God: Hebrews 12 1 Follow peace with all men. chapter 12. would you feel that there was nothing more to do? Of course not. or “to look diligently” after other believers. some of God's dear sheep. that need tending. actually feeding the flock is a minor part of the whole thing. Looking Diligently After the Flock Notice the second responsibility here in verse 2: I Peter 5 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you. How many of you mothers could tell the number of sore toes you have tied up and the thumbs you have kissed and the encouragement you have given? It is all part of taking care of the flock. who for one morsel of 6 meat sold his birthright. verse 14. they need tending.” That phrase is from one Greek word which means “to look diligently” after the flock. you have the opportunity of receiving the Crown of Glory. and thereby many be defiled.Tending the Flock In Other Ways You know. Beloved. You and I have the opportunity of making it a little bit easier for some others. It is not only that they need feeding. Feeding your family food is a minor part of all of the duties which fall upon the shoulders of you mothers. There are individuals who are bearing burdens that are too heavy for them and you and I as undershepherds have the privilege of bearing one another's burdens and so fulfilling the law of Christ. to Hebrews. There are broken hearts that need to be bound up. By tending the flock of God as one of His undershepherds. Would you mothers feel that way? If you just prepared the food for the family. please. or profane person. You know. There is the keeping of the clothing and the provision of all that is necessary for the children to keep going. Accept the responsibility of tending the flock. and holiness. . taking the oversight thereof… Notice the phrase “taking the oversight thereof. 1 Lest there be any fornicator.

though he sought it carefully with tears. Something must be done about it.” A Profane Person Now look at the next verse: A profane person is a person who puts more emphasis upon the things of the flesh than he does upon spiritual things. “Oh. Grace never fails.” Notice how the Scripture puts it. Will you remember that? Grace never fails. What are we told to do if we want this Crown of Glory? We are told to look over the assembly with which we are associated and see if perhaps some dear brother is failing in God's grace. Maybe he has failed of the grace of God. You know me well enough to know that I am not drumming up trade for services. when he would have inherited the blessing. One With a Root of Bitterness Notice the instruction: Hebrews 12 1 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God. “Look diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God. Maybe some dear brother has not been in the services for some time. and he needs that encouraging hand from an undershepherd that he may go on with the Lord. But.1 For ye know how that afterward. “Lord. you have not particularly cared. he is just that way?” Do you take it to the Lord in prayer? That is part of the ministry of the undershepherd–to say. Is there some brother who tends to become bitter about something? Do you shrug your shoulders and say. this dear brother has bitterness in his heart and he does not realize it. but we fail of the the grace of God. Perhaps there is some brother or some sister in the assembly. well. Those Who Fail of the Grace of God Did you notice the phrase “looking diligently?” There are three things that you and I are supposed to look diligently for in the relation to the flock of God. You see the things of the flesh. You know that. I do not know that we ought to ignore the absence of people from the assembly of the saints. and the things of the flesh are taking a great demand on him. Beloved. Who knows: Maybe the Devil has made a special attack upon a Christian. and you have not even noticed it.…… Look about you. you see . You have not gone to see what the trouble is. If you have noticed it. he 7 was rejected: for he found no place of repentance. lest any root of bitterness 5 springing up trouble you. and maybe his strength has failed.

do it not by constraint. how he is going to lose the opportunity for blessing. You have a tremendous ministry as an undershepherd. Not By Constraint It is not easy to be a faithful undershepherd. Now listen carefully. You do it . but willingly. The Crown of Glory does not go to the undershepherd who does what he does because he has to do it. you will notice a few suggestions about it: I Peter 5 2 ……. They would not understand if you did not do it. Now. but it is not exclusively a reference to money. You do it because it is just part of you. not with the idea of gaining something. That is taking the oversight by constraint. 3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage. Is that what you do as an undershepherd? Do you feed the hungry with the idea of gaining something? Do you minister as an undershepherd with the idea of gain? If you do. notice the triple exhortation in these two verses. always ready to do it. First: If you exercise the ministry of the undershepherd. but of a ready mind. “He is not as interested in spiritual things as he used to be. If you will go back to I Peter. Has there been some sick individual to whom you have been called to minister as an undershepherd? It is not very pleasant to minister to him. There was no way for you to get out of it. you should do it with a ready mind. Do you know what “by constraint” means? It means “of necessity. You shrug your shoulders and you say. “Filthy lucre” in the Bible is usually interpreted as referring to money. and if you are a faithful undershepherd you will receive the Crown of Glory which fadeth not away.materialism griping his heart. Do it willingly. These words “ready mind” come from a single Greek word which speaks of being predisposed to do something–that is.. I am going to tell you something that you may not like to hear: You are not going to get a crown for that visit. then you are not going to receive a Crown of Glory. so you went. as Esau lost it. you have gone because you had to. We are told to do what we do. If you cannot go to the dear brother or sister and point out how materialism is getting a grip. and not because he is willing to do it. but being ensamples to the flock. you should do it not for filthy lucre's sake. Not for Filthy Lucre Second: If you carry on the ministry of the undershepherd.” and that is about all that is done about it. and certainly that could be included. not by constraint.” or feeling compelled to do it. not for filthy lucre. Instead of doing it for filthy lucre's sake. at least you can take it to the Lord in prayer. Someone might criticize you if you did not go. it it? Somtimes when you have gone to minister to him. Be the undershepherd you ought to be. taking the oversight thereof. chapter 5.

Beloved. but you are not either. You go around griping about the fact that no one is interested in the sick and the afflicted. the Crown of Glory that fades not away. chapter 10. Examples to the Flock Now the third thing he says is. I hope you will seek the crown for the undershepherd. But I see no reason why. “when you perform the ministry of the undershepherd. The good Shepherd gave His life for the sheep. you tell everyone what ought to be done. You go around griping about the fact that people are not friendly. the chief Shepherd is coming back for the sheep. there may be some of these crowns that some of us may not be able to receive. That is the way God wants it. It speaks of Him as the chief Shepherd in I Peter. if you practice the ministry of the undershepherd. It is on every side: All you need to do is minister to those who are in need and you will have all you can do.” You know what it means to be a lord over God's heritage–you “lord” it over everyone. but you do not show him any examples. but you never do it yourself. chapter 13. the great Shepherd is interceding for the sheep all the time. He does not want you to carry on the ministry of the undershepherd out of a sense of obligation. but He wants you to do it because you love to do it. He has a crown for every undershepherd. the Crown of the Undershepherd. or tending the flock of God. but rather as being examples to the flock. you could not receive the Crown of Glory. You tell everyone how he ought to live. chapter 5. you should do it not as being lords over God's heritage..……. for any number of reasons. Abundant Opportunities for Service Now. Certainly you do not need to look for an opportunity. aThe Bible speaks of the Lord Jesus Christ as the good Shepherd in John. but you are not friendly yourself. You set the example of ministering.because it is just part of your very nature. Seven Bible Crowns . if you are a child of God. you are to set the example. You are prredisposed to do it. the Crown of Glory that fadeth not away. It speaks of Him as the great Shepherd in Hebrews. Beloved. You do it with a ready mind. the last sentence in the paragraph begins with: I Peter 5 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear. He is going to appear one of these days. You see. When He comes back.

a. . Leviticus 19: 32. as we shall see. stephanos ("that which surrounds") and diadem. Philippians 4: 1 1. II. Crown of excellent wife. 4: 16. 19 VII. Matthew 27: 27-31 1. 1: 1-9 B. There is honor in old age and consequent respect. Colossians 1: 9-10. 21: 9 III. victory and being triumphant. The Silver-haired head crown. Often involved with "crown" is the idea of benefit. Cp. They are. A. V. Proverbs 19: 13-14. A. 20: 29 B. Proverbs 16: 31. 1. The wife can be an asset to the husband.I Peter 2: 21-24. Proverbs 4: 1-9. 1. A. The crown of children's children. Proverbs 31: 10-31. A. James 1: 5. Proverbs 17: 6 B. 13). 1. 1: 1-8. A. A. VI. An incorruptible crown. I. A crown of thorns.Paul regarded the saints at Philippi as his "joy and crown" (Phili.True wisdom is not found in human philosophy. 1Timothy 5: 1-2 IV.Introduction: We are witnessing much interest in Bible crowns. Grandchildren also offer both great joy and responsibility. Crown of wisdom and understanding. Beloved and longed for brethren crown. Proverbs 12: 4 B. There are two nouns translated "crown" in the Greek New Testament. 2: 12. Proverbs 18: 22.

.We must run for an imperishable crown! 1. James 1: 12.A. a crown of everlasting life (Rev 3: 11). Revelation 2: 10 Conclusion: There will be an ultimate crown provided for those who overcome. I Corinthians 9: 24-27 B.