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Doctrine of Rewards, Eternal

July 15, 2010

Doctrine of Eternal Rewards

1. Definition: The application use of the crown (stefanoV) as an analogy to
communicate the vividness of eternal rewards for believers in the 1st Century AD –
Phil 4:1; 1 Thess 2:19; 2 Tim 4: 7-8; 1 Pet 5:2 -4; Rev 2:10, 3:11; Jam 1:12
2. The frame of reference for rewards in the 1st century was from atelic events.
3. Atelic’s were crowned with reeves
4. Soldiers were rewarded with corona (LATIN) or crowns at the
end of each military campaign.
5. The Latin word corona is the Greek word for stefanoV –
the highest decoration in the Roman Army.
6. There is seven corona available to the Roman soldier –
a. Corona Obsidionalis is the highest reward for valor.
b. Corona Civicae rewarded for saving a life of a citizen in battle.
c. Corona Navalis a naval reward for the first marine to board an enemy ship.
d. Corona Muralis is a rewarded to the soldier first over the wall.
e. Corona Vallaris a reward to a Centurion heroic act in Battle – Triumphanis
7. Three decorations for the Roman soldier
a. Torque
b. Phalarae
c. Hasta Purae
d. Additional rewards were the Vexillum, a way to
display his rewards.
(from Aspects of Greek & Roman Life, by L. Siccus Demtans)
8. As there was a system of Rewards, there was a system of discipline
a. Decimation – every 10th man in a legion was stoned or clubbed to death.
b. Death penalty – received for insubordination or desertion.
c. Reduction in rank, fines & flogging
9. All discipline for the Believer is limited to time!
10. As military decorations for the soldier was privilege , so it is a privilege for the
Believer – 2 Cor 3:12, 5: 10
11. Only the Believer who executes the responsibility of “Church Age Believer
Priesthood” will be honored with eternal decorations and rewards – 2 Tim 2:12
12. There are three crowns available to the Believer.
a. The crown of righteousness – 2 Tim 4: 7-8,
b. The crown of life – Rev 2:10; Jam 1:12
c. The crown of Glory – 1 Pet 5:4
13. The crown of righteousness is rewarded for the Believer who persists in the
advancement to spiritual maturity. – 2 Tim 4: 7-8; 1 Thess 1:3
14. The crown of Life is rewarded to the Believer who endures life, even to the point of
death – Rev 2:10; Jam 1:12
15. The crown of Glory is a reward for the Pastor-Teachers, who exercises their spiritual
gift – 1 Pet 5:2-3; 2 Tim 4:2