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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”

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SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 3:11 KJV

(11)  Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.


“Let no man take thy crown”…. What??!!!  You mean I can lose my eternal, heavenly rewards???  Yep.  That is what this verse says.  If we are honest, we cannot deny this truth from God’s Word. 


So how is it possible that we can avoid losing our heavenly rewards?  This same verse explains that to us.  Notice what is said “hold that fast which thou hast”… in other words, do not go backwards in our walk for Christ.  We can do this by consistently holding fast to the truths which we have been taught.  We do this by learning them, understanding them, applying them and sharing them.  If we consistently do these things we shall never fail in our service to the Lord nor will we lose our eternal rewards.  However, if we let them “slip” from us, we will certainly face loss. 

One short example will suffice.  Let’s say we learn the truth that, as Christians, we are not to live lives of deceit.  We learn that truth, we understand that truth, and we go on to apply that truth by living honest, sincere, transparent lives.    Then lets suppose a neighbor or fellow-worker approaches us and asks us why we refuse to lie, even though it would seem to benefit us greatly.  We answer because we are servants of Christ and share the gospel message with them. For this, we gain eternal rewards.

Time passes, over time we become lax and allow the truth of living honest lives to slip from us.  Eventually, we begin to live a lifestyle of deceit and hypocrisy.  The neighbor or fellow-worker sees this take place in our lives.  He no longer respects us and disregards our message of Christ that we shared with him.  Basically, by allowing the truth to slip from us, we have effectively undone our testimony for Christ.  Our testimony has been rendered spiritually worthless.  For this, we lose those rewards which we had gained.

Why should we be rewarded for that which has no spiritual benefit (our destroyed testimony)? In this text, the Lord helps us to understand that we have lost our reward for possessing a Godly testimony by destroying that testimony through deceit.  We “let slip” the truths of God in our lifestyle and, in doing so, have totally undone that which we had accomplished for His cause.  The Apostle Paul described this condition as being spiritually shipwrecked (useless in His service)… 

1 Timothy 1:18-20 KJV

This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;  Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:  Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.


May we all be on guard to not let the truths of God slip from our minds, hearts, lives or mouths.  In doing so we will guard against losing the wonderful, eternal rewards that are awaiting us!

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.


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  1. Terry says:

    I am guilty of all sin, but I thought if I prayed and asked forgiveness he forgave and I still receive my reward of heaven

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Salvation from our sins, their penalty and even the very presence of sin is given to anyone who has forsaken those sins and turned to Christ, accepting Him as Lord and Savior.

      However, to receive addtional rewards in heaven for our faithfulness in service to Him can be gined or lost based upon our level of service to Him on earth. If we are faithful we will be rewarded, but if we are unfaithful, or if we destroy our testimony through living in sin, we will still enter heaven but will not receive rewrds for faithfulness.

      Lord bless! I hope this helps a bit.

      • Terry says:

        so for every loss because I am human, I haven’t gained rewards? I will just be in heaven? I can’t even begin to be perfect in order to gain the rewards

        • Rob Barkman says:

          we receive individual rewards for each opportunity of service that we are faithul in. So when we have an opportunity and we are faithful we recieve a reward for that. When we are unfaithful in an opportuinty we are given we loose the reward we could have received. None of us will receive rewards for every opportunity that is opened to us because NONE of us are perfect, but we all would probably receive at least a few rewards based on a few areas of faithfulness that we have.

          It only makes sense, why would the Lord reward us when we were not faithful to Him? Lord bless.

          • Terry says:

            I understand much better now. Thank you for explaining it. The Lord certainly would not bless us for being unfaithful. I thought you were suggesting that because I had sinned, I lost all my chances of heaven. Bless you for simplifying it for me

  2. SLIMJIM says:

    Thank you for this study

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