As children of the King, when we stand before the judgment seat, we will be reminded that God has already judged us and through the blood of Jesus, we are righteous. The Bible says that as we are at the White Throne Judgment, we will receive crowns. What are these crowns? There are five mentioned in the New Testament.
The Crown of Life:
James 1:12 says, “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”
The Unfading Crown of Glory:
1 Peter 5:1-4 says, “Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness…And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”
The Crown of Righteousness:
2 Timothy 4:7-8 says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
The Imperishable Crown:
1 Corinthians 9:25 says, “Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath (crown), but we an imperishable.” Thus a crown to those who live a disciplined life of self-control.
The Crown of Exultation:
1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 says, “For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? For you are our glory and joy.” The ones which you have led to salvation and those which you disciple are your crown of exultation. This crown is for those who joyously expressed their faith.
Which crowns will you receive that you might lay them at the feet of Jesus in worship and honor?