What are the five crowns of heaven that believers will be able to receive when they get there?
In the New Testament, five different celestial crowns are promised to the faithful. The crown of righteousness, the crown of glory, the crown of life, the crown of joy, and the crown of rejoicing are all part of this unfading crown. The Greek word stephanos (from whence we get the name Stephen the martyr) is translated as “crown” here because it was the term used to describe the wreath or garland of leaves that was bestowed upon the victor of an ancient Greek sports tournament. Thus, the New Testament uses this phrase symbolically to refer to the eternal blessings God has promised to the righteous. Paul gives us the greatest definition we have of how these crowns are given out in 1 Corinthians 9:24-25.
1. The Unfading Glory
Do you not know that in a race, everyone participates, but only one person takes home the prize? (1 Corinthians 9:24-25) Get moving in a direction that will lead you to success in capturing it. And everyone who is in the running for the prize is self-controlled and moderate. They do it for a temporary crown, but we seek a crown that will last forever (NKJV). Everything that exists on Earth is ultimately doomed to rot and die. “Where moth and rust ruin, and where thieves break in and steal,” Jesus warns us not to keep our wealth on earth (Matthew 6:19). This is similar to Paul’s analogy of the brittleness and eventual breakdown of the wreath of leaves. However, the reward for faithful endurance is not earthly but heavenly: “an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade, reserved for you in paradise” (1 Peter 1:4).
2. The Confetti of Joy
“For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? (1 Thessalonians 2:19) Are you not going to be there when our Lord Jesus Christ returns? Paul urges us to “rejoice always in the Lord” (Philippians 4:4) because of all the good things God has done for us. When compared to non-believers, Christians have greater reasons to celebrate this life. According to Luke, the heavenly hosts are currently celebrating (Luke 15:7). Where “God will wipe away every tear,” we will get the crown of joy. . . No more death, grief, or tears will be experienced. And suffering shall end, for those things are no more (Revelation 21:4).
3. The Righteous Man’s Crown
We inherit this crown through the righteousness of Christ, which is what gives us a right to it and without which it cannot be obtained, as stated in (2 Timothy 4:8): “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” This crown is promised to those who love the Lord and eagerly await His return, yet unlike certain earthly crowns, it can only be won and possessed in a righteous way. We know that no matter what we go through in this life—despair, persecution, suffering, or even death—we will spend eternity with Christ (Philippians 3:20). Self-righteous people and those who rely solely on their own efforts are not eligible for this crown. Pride and haughtiness are the only things that can come from such an outlook, not a deep yearning for God’s presence.
4. The Victory Cup
While Peter is writing to the elders in 1 Peter 5:4, it is important to keep in mind that all who desire for or cherish His advent will be awarded the crown of glory that does not fade away. That God’s fundamental character and deeds are described by the word “glory” is fascinating. It’s all about His brilliant radiance and glory. Remember Stephen, who, even as he was being stoned to death, had a glimpse of God’s splendor in the sky (Acts 7:55-56). This word also emphasizes that God deserves all the glory and adoration we give Him (Isaiah 42:8, 48:11; Galatians 1:5). The Bible also acknowledges the extraordinary privilege that Christians have of being transformed into the image of Christ upon entering the kingdom. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us,” Paul wrote eloquently (Romans 8:18 NKJV).
5. The Prize of Eternity
Do not be afraid of the things that are coming upon you (Revelation 2:10). Some of you may soon find yourselves behind bars as the devil intends to put you through a trial by fire lasting for a full week. Be true to me until death, and I will give you the crown of life, which is for all believers but is especially precious to those who suffer, who fearlessly face persecution for the sake of Jesus, even unto death. A good standing before God is typically symbolized by the word “life” in the Bible. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly,” Jesus remarked (John 10:10). Jesus gives us the spiritual equivalents of the oxygen, food, and water we need to survive. He is both the source of eternal life and its sustenance (John 4:10, 6:35). We are aware that our time on Earth is limited. And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life. This is the promise that He has offered us (1 John 2:25).
All those who love God, according to James, will receive this crown of life (James 1:12). Consequently, how do we show God how much He means to us? For this is the love of God, that we fulfill His commandments,” writes the apostle John to provide the explanation. and the weight of His requirements is light (1 John 5:3). For us to truly be His children, we have a responsibility to observe His rules and to be loyal to Him no matter what. It is my prayer that you and I will “look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2) and persevere through the inevitable fires of adversity so that we may get the crown of life that is ours at the end.