A distinctive headpiece worn by kings, queens or other distinguished people such as victors.  At His trial Jesus was given a crown of thorns, a mocking symbol of His alleged royalty (Mk 15:17,18). 

Paul tells the Corinthians to strive for a crown that will last forever, and even calls his converts his crown (1 Cor 9:25-27; 1 Thes 2:19). 

All Christians upon entry into heaven will receive a crown of righteousness but until then we are to ensure we don’t lose or forfeit what is reserved for us (2 Tim 4:8; Rev 3:11).  Those who withstand the trials receive a crown of life – a special reward for faithful endurance, even to the point of giving their lives as martyrs (Jas 1:12; Rev 2:10).  A crown of glory will be given those who have served God and humanity faithfully (1 Pet 5:4).

See also: reward.

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