The Eternal Security Timebomb
The crown of life is the most significant one to study in conjunction with our raging controversy regarding the believer's security because of its usage in Rev. 2:10, one of the only two times it is mentioned by name in the Bible. Rev. 2:10,11 say:
Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of 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 will not be hurt at all by the second death.Little Known Facts About The Crown Of Life
A crown of life is not salvation; it is reward. There are five crowns ... the crown of life for those who suffer for Christ; .... I might lose all of those crowns and yet not lose my salvation. The Word says, 'If any man's work shall be burned .... he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire' (1 Corinthians 3:15). But I do not want to be saved that way. I want to win the crown of life. 'Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life' (pp. 42,43, bold emphasis mine).
Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. (Rev 20:14)
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. (Rev 21:8)Now, getting back to Rev. 2:10,11, if we receive the crown of life by being faithful to the very end of our lives we will miss being hurt by the lake of fire, the place where all unsaved people go (Rev. 20:14,15)! There will be NO saved people in this place! To be saved means, for the most part, to be delivered from the lake of fire!
Hence, the crown of LIFE will be given to all of the saved. It is NOT a "reward" that only some of the saved will get! The apparel for ALL of the overcomers, therefore, is a clean, white, linen robe (Rev. 6:11; 19:8) and the crown of life. While only some of the redeemed will possess the crown of righteousness and the crown of glory, ALL of the saved will possess the crown of life! The crown of life is specifically mentioned just one other time in the Bible, that is at James 1:12:
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive THE CROWN OF LIFE that God has promised to those that love him.Get The Details About The Overcomers
... Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?Logically, we can now say the following:
These Biblical passages refute the teaching that the crown of life is a "reward" that only some will receive. The truth is, all who inherit the kingdom of God receive the crown of life. This is important, for one must also be faithful to the point of death to get it (Rev. 2:10,11). This is what the eternal security teachers refuse to proclaim, for it denounces their position of ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED by stating such for salvation! This means those that start off faithful, but don't endure, won't receive the crown of life or inherit the kingdom of God. Furthermore, the same will be hurt by the second death!
All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm TO THE END will be saved (Matt. 10:22);
We have come to share in Christ IF we hold firmly TILL THE END the confidence we had at first (Heb. 3:14).Remember: for final salvation (as well as receiving the crown of life) one must remain faithful to the end and love God. That is the Biblical message, like it or not. Will you receive the crown of life?
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