In this present world to survive we need a job. We need to study for certain years to become an engineer, architect, teacher, accountant, teacher, doctor. Without learning we cannot do the respective job. This temporary world requires such quality or eligibility to do particular work. Similarly To enter Heaven we need to attain a perfection which our Jesus expects in our life.
In above verses prophet Ezekiel sees 4 living creatures, each one had four faces. they had a face of man, face of lion, face of ox and face of eagle .face of man refers to perfection in love, face of lion refers to perfection in faith, face of ox refers to perfection in will of god, face of eagle refers to lead a holy life. It is the expectation of god, that every man must attain all perfection. God gives us a separate special crown, when we attain these qualities in our spiritual life.
“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day” –2 Timo 4:8 Apostle mentions that, God laid up a “Crown of Righteousness” for him vs 4:7 He says “I have fought a good fight, I have kept the Faith“. We must be faith to God in all our walks of life. Faithful means not only having faith in God, but also to be faithful to fulfill the will of God. God was faithful to Abraham and gave him a son at the age of 100 year, But when God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, Abraham was also in turn faithful to God by sacrificing his son. In this way he was righteous in the sight of God. Similarly when attain the perfection of faith; God will give us the Crown of Righteousness in eternity.
In 1 corin 9:25 “And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” Apostle Paul mentions about the “Incorruptible Crown” vs 27 says in order to obtain this incorruptible Crown, we need to bring our body to subjection. 1Corin 9:27 This shows the self control we must have to live a holy life, holiness in sight, speech, hearing, thoughts in mind & imagination in our heart. Holiness in all aspects of life. Hence God says “Be you holy for I am holy”. Worship the Lord in beauty of His holiness. As the eagle flies high, we need to live a higher standard of holy life. Blessed are pure in heart, for they shall see God Jesus Christ. Blood and flesh cannot enter heaven, only people with spirit of holiness can enter heaven. When we attain this perfection holiness, then God will give us “Incorruptible Crown”.
In rev 2:10 “be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life”. Jesus reveals about the “Crown of Life” .vs 2:10 says, this crown is given to them endure sufferings, trials, perfection, tribulation for the sake Jesus. When we do our own will, our life maybe smooth but when we do the will of god in our edu, job, marriage, ministry, or any work there will trials, sufferings in our life. we must not backslide, or question God, we need to go through the trial, because God is with us, He will lead us. A true Christian will have trials, if a Christian life is smooth, no problems in any aspect of life clearly shows he is far away from God.”All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” 2timo 3:12. Like the ox bears the yoke, we need to do the will of God. We need to be faithful in doing the will of God until death, and then God will give us Crown of Life.
In 1 peter 5:4”And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away”. Apostle Paul mentions about the “Crown of Glory“ that faded not away. In vs 2 feed the flock of God. This is a very special crown. It is given to the servants of God. To receive this crown the servants of God need to lead the believers in the right way. We may not have a privilege to serve fulltime, but we have neighbors, friends, and colleague in work place, unsaved relatives to whom we are responsible to tell gospel to them. It is duty of believers to proclaim gospel to unsaved people. Every small ministry we do will be honored by God. The face of man refers to perfection of Love. Man must attain perfection of love to be with God forever. In 1Corin 13 we read without love it is impossible to please God. Jesus gave only 2 commandments, both are commandments of Love. If we attain perfection, then God will give us the Crown of Glory.
Rev.3:11, God warns us, we need to be diligent, wise; the crown which was made for us may be given to some other person. This shows that our lord Jesus Christ has only a limited number of crowns for each person, if we backslide or go away from God; there is a chance that our crown can be given to others. We may be saved, water baptized, spirit baptized but we need a longing to attain all these perfection to be caught up in His coming. Jesus Christ is coming for Perfected saints, let us pray to god and receive grace and mercy to attain His perfection to be caught up in His coming…