The Crown of Life

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, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.

Revelation 2:10-11

Many people feel panic when they mention the word Revelation. For me, the last book of the Bible is my favorite and I consider it one of the most beautiful of the Holy Scriptures. Certainly the prophecies contained in Revelation look very terrible; but no book of the Bible has so many great promises to those who believe. Undoubtedly, whoever has not believed will feel that he belongs to those who will suffer the plagues and torments mentioned in this book; but believers will look upon our promises as the crown of life and not suffer harm from the second death.

Let’s take a closer look at Revelation 2:10-11. First we read: Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. The Bible does not deceive the believer by saying that things will be easy. Whoever decides to follow Christ, will certainly suffer in this world. The Lord himself warns us in John 16:33: These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. But along with the warning comes the promise that we trust in Him, who has overcome the world and tells us not to fear.

Then we read: Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Behind our tribulation is the devil. We must be aware that the diabolical intervention in our test is of the full knowledge of our Heavenly Father and, just as happened with Job, God has allowed it. But as with Job, the devil has been allowed to test us only to a certain extent, his power is not unlimited, and he cannot harm us beyond what God permits.

Then read: Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. We will have trials, sufferings and tribulations for a while. Our response to adversity must be to stand firm in the faith and be faithful to God. James 1:12 says, 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. If we endure all temptations and pass the test, the reward on the part of our Heavenly Father is the crown of life.

How is the crown of life? In 1 Corinthians 9:25, the apostle Paul explains about the crown we will receive, 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. Our crown is not compared to a crown of precious metal, or laurel or flower, it is an incorruptible, eternal, indestructible crown. But just as those who fight for corruptible crowns abstain from everything, we must remain in holiness to achieve ours.

In 1 Peter 5:4 we see a little more about the incorruptible crown, and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. The Chief Shepherd, the King of kings and Lord of lords is already coming back, let us be faithful to Him, even if we risk our lives because He will give us the crown of life. God bless you.

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