|From the TeachingtheWord Bible Knowledgebase|
Thus far in this series, we've seen four incorruptible things about God - His nature, His Word, His Son, and His Son's blood. We've also seen that because these things are true, believers in Christ will receive an incorruptible inheritance and incorruptible bodies. Today we come to the last of the seven incorruptible things: We shall receive an incorruptible crown.
The incorruptible Word teaches us that because of our salvation by the incorruptible blood of our incorruptible Savior, we shall receive an incorruptible crown. We read of this in First Corinthians 9:24-25:
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. And 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.
The word translated "imperishable" in verse 25 is the same word in the original language that we have seen in the other passages in this series - it is the word "incorruptible." We shall receive an incorruptible crown.
What Kind of Crown?
What kind of crown is it? The apostle Paul by inspiration of the Holy Spirit gives us the answer in Second Timothy 4:6-8:
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, at the Last Day, He is going to give you a crown - a crown of righteousness. Not a crown of your righteousness. No. A crown of His righteousness. Jesus wore a crown of thorns, so that we might wear a crown of righteousness.
And what are we going to do with those crowns? Revelation 4:10-11 gives us a picture of the heavenly scene. We read there that
the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: "You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created."
Casting our crowns before His throne. That is the glorious picture of the future.
An incorruptible Savior. His incorruptible blood on the mercy seat forever, for us. And because of Him, and what He has done, we have an incorruptible inheritance, we will have incorruptible bodies, and we shall receive an incorruptible crown. No corruption. No decay. No compromise. Complete and final and eternal victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ. And we shall give all the glory and honor and praise to Him, for all eternity, because He is worthy.
Are You Living in the Light of These Truths Now?
Have you been washed in the incorruptible blood of the incorruptible Savior? If you have never placed your faith in the incorruptible Lord Jesus Christ for your salvation, the Lord invites you to do so this morning. Boys and girls, you are never too young to receive Christ. Senior citizens, you are never too old to receive Christ. Those of you who are in the prime of life, don't let the cares of this world or the desire to get ahead in this world stand in the way of receiving Christ.
And if you are a believer, do you have confidence and comfort in the fact that these things are true?
Are you resting in the fact that however much circumstances may change, the incorruptible God never changes?
Are you reading and feeding on His incorruptible Word? Is God's Word changing your life?
Are you living to please the One who gave His incorruptible blood for you?
As the heir of an incorruptible inheritance, are you laying up treasures in Heaven, where moth and rust do not corrupt, where thieves do not break through nor steal?
Are you living to serve the One who is going to give you an incorruptible crown? Are you giving Him the glory, even now, in anticipation of that day when you stand before Him in your incorruptible body, and cast your incorruptible crown before His throne?
May the Lord give us the grace to live and walk before Him, joyfully, confidently, expectantly, and with renewed devotion, in the light of these seven incorruptible things.
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