To desire a crown on earth is a true testimony to the lack of respect or understanding of Heaven’s crown.
The Crown of Life, known as the Martyr’s Crown (James 1:12) and (Revelation 2:10;), is bestowed upon “those who persevere under trials.”
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.-(James 1:12)
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.-(Revelation 2:10)
Jesus spoke to the Church in Smyrna and said, “do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer.”
Martyr references death, and the life of a follower of Christ dies to the world, the flesh and carnal things through Christ, by whom without Him is impossible.
This declaration is the faithful preaching of the gospel and its meaning; it has nothing to do with this earthly crowning of men and women in the churches as if they are gods because they worship each other.
We are sinners saved by Grace so that no man can boast of their greatness.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.—Ephesians 2:9
I was a sinner to the tenth degree; I walked, talked, and lived immorally. I abused my body with drugs and alcohol and bore children out of wedlock. Still, Christ chose me to preach and prophecy to reveal that Jesus still sits on the throne, and the rest of this worthless forgery called holy is seen for what it is and leading many sheep to the slaughter.
I am seen as least of all but preach the most revelation and truth, and why do you think that is?
1 John 2:27
As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.
Yet those who hide their sin speak so highly of themselves; the Bible says, “But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
For by the grace given to me, I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
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