The Free State of Glory, Part 37 — The Reward of Believers: 5 Heavenly Crowns, Part 4 (Second Coming Chapel)

TEXT: Revelation 22:10-13

10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

The Free State of Glory (Part 37) — The Reward of Believers: 5 Heavenly Crowns, Part 4

Today, we are going to continue looking at the five “crowns” spoken of in Scripture as rewards for believers. The first crown is the “imperishable crown” which is given to those who give their all in service to Christ, and the second crown is the “crown of rejoicing” which is received by those who win souls for Christ and help disciple new believers.

In our last message, we began looking at the third crown, “the crown of righteousness.” Paul writes of this crown in his second letter to Timothy as he is facing death. He says, “I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

Paul is now looking over to the other side, and he is not despairing. Matthew Henry said, “Death to a good man, is his release from the imprisonment of this world, and his departure to the enjoyments of another world.” Paul knows that his death will come by violent means. Yet, he says, “I am ready to be offered.” The term “offering” calls to mind the Old Testament drink offering in which wine was poured out on the altar. Paul is saying that he is ready for his own blood to be spilled. He is ready to pass from this life to the next because he has fought a good fight. He did not give up along the way. He did not turn back in the face of persecution. He did not falter when he was opposed by those who were supposed to be his friends. He finished his course. He did all that was set out for him to do as an apostle of Christ. Paul did not tell other believers to fight, to run the race, and to keep the faith without doing those things himself. And, because he has done those things, he is at a point where he can say he has accomplished the work that God had given him to do.

What a wonderful testimony it is to be able to say, “I’m done,” before you die. Instead of rushing around at the end of our lives, trying to put things in order and trying to do things that we should have done years earlier, we ought to strive to live in such a way that we can sit down and be waiting on death to arrive. We ought to be able to say with Paul, “I’m done here, and I’m ready to go over there.”

Now, Paul is looking forward to Heaven and the heavenly reward that awaits him which he calls “a crown of righteousness” which is “laid up” for Him and which “the Lord, the righteous judge” will give him. Regarding the crown of righteousness, Dr. John MacArthur writes, “A believer’s heavenly reward is based to some extent on his faithfulness. In this context, it seems appropriate to take righteousness as an appositive — that which describes the crown. It is the crown of eternal righteousness — the very righteousness of the Redeemer granted in full perfection to the glorified believer.” Paul is looking forward to the day when the fulness of Christ’s righteousness is resting on him. No longer will he have to deal with temptation, persecution, or a thorn in his flesh. All of those things will be swallowed up by the righteousness of Christ, and he will have the full measure of righteousness bestowed upon him.

The crown is not proof of righteousness, but proof that Christ has made us righteous by His mercy and grace. Such a person does not need human applause or praise. He is not seeking to gain something more, or to do something more to gain approval. He is ready to die at any time because the most important judgment has already passed — the judgment that declares him to be righteous in God’s sight due to the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.


If you are not a believer, all the rewards that you receive on earth will one day perish. But, by serving Christ, you can gain eternal, imperishable, and incorruptible rewards. I invite you to place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Allow me to show you how you can do that right now.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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