The Everlasting Crown
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run,
but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
& everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things.
Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown,
but we for an imperishable crown.
Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty.
Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.
But I discipline my body & bring it into subjection,
lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
The Crown of Righteousness
Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness,
which the LORD, the righteous Judge,
will give to me on that Day,
& not to me only but also to all who have loved HIS appearing.
2 Timothy 4:8
The Crown of Life
Blessed is the man who endures temptation;
for when he has been approved,
he will receive the crown of life
which the LORD has promised to those who love HIM.
Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer.
Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison,
that you may be tested, & you will have tribulation ten days.
Be faithful until death, & I will give you the crown of life.
The Crown of Glory
The elders who are among you I exhort,
I who am a fellow elder & a witness of the sufferings of CHRIST,
& also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed:
Shepherd the flock of GOD which is among you,
serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly,
not for dishonest gain but eagerly;
nor as being lords over those entrusted to you,
but being examples to the flock;
& when the CHIEF SHEPHERD appears,
you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.
1 Peter 5: 1-4
The Crown of Rejoicing
Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren,
my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord,
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing?
Is it not even you in the presence of our LORD JESUS CHRIST
at His coming?
For you are our glory & joy.
1 Thessalonians 2: 19 & 20