The rewards that saints receive in Heaven will vary greatly. Some people think the term “eternal reward” just means that all saved people will be given the reward of eternal life.
The Bible promises several types of rewards to people who qualify for them. Here are some examples of crowns that the Word of God promises people:
THE SOUL-WINNER’S CROWN – to people who labored to save souls from the fires of hell. 1 Thessalonians 2:19: “You are our hope, our joy, and the crown we will take pride in when our Lord Jesus Christ comes.”
THE CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – for those who look for and love Christ’s return. 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.”
THE CROWN OF GLORY – for those who faithfully teach and preach God’s Word.1 Peter 5:4: “And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.”
THE INCORRUPTIBLE CROWN – for those who “run a good race” in the Christian life. 1 Corinthians 9:25: “And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.”
THE CROWN OF LIFE – for people who endure suffering, knowing there is a better life in the world to come. James 1:12: “Happy is the man that keeps on enduring trial, because on becoming approved he will receive the Crown of Life.”