Study # 22
February 4, 1998
Harlingen, Texas

Thesis: Why is 'approval' required for the acquisition of the crown of life? Introduction: Last week we spent most of our time dealing with the question: What, specifically, is the Crown of Life? We concluded that it is a condition in eternity in which relational harmony with Christ has been maximized in joy. The crown of life is a reward of special intimacy with Christ that not everyone in heaven is going to have. In effect, the crown of life is the priviledge of being in an inner circle of those who fellowship more deeply with Christ than the norm. Life is knowing Christ. The Crown of Life is the epitomy of knowing Him. Now, this evening, we want to ask one more question of James 1:12: why is 'being approved' a requirement for the acquisition of this special priviledge?