When we look at the three different types of crowns for the believers mentioned in the New Testament, we see that they are the expression of the divine nature we received when we were born anew in Christ (John 1:12-13, 2 Pet. 1:4). They are the crown of righteousness (1 Tim. 4:8), the crown of life (James 1:12, Rev. 2:10), and the crown of glory (1 Pet. 5:4).
So, in a very real sense, we should experience these crowns today, by allowing the life we received as a seed in the new birth (1 Pet. 1:23) to grow and develop from within us, until others can see us “crowned” with the divine righteousness, the divine life, and the divine glory manifested in our daily living.
RESOURCES REFERRED TO IN THIS EPISODE
Podcast 47: “The Reward of a Crown”
Article: Tiredness of Life: The Growing Phenomenon in Western Society
This edition of the program was recorded on Saturday, 20 May 2023.
BIBLE VERSES CITED IN THIS EPISODE
Proverbs 4:18: The path of the righteous.
2 Timothy 4:7-8: The crown of righteousness.
James 1:12, Revelation 2:10: The crown of life.
1 Peter 5:2-4: The crown of glory.
1 Corinthians 1:30: Christ as our righteousness.
John 1:12-13: Begotten of God by His divine life.
Colossians 1:27: Christ in you, the hope of glory.
1 Peter 1:23: Born anew of incorruptible seed.