Q. You’ve mentioned 5 crowns as rewards that believers can earn, where are they in the Bible and to what exactly does The Crown of Life refer?
A. The five crowns are identified as the Everlasting Crown (Victory) in 1 Cor 9:25, the Crown of the Soul Winner in Phil 4:1 and 1 Thes 2:19, the Crown of Righteousness in 2 Tim 4:8, the Crown of Life in Jas 1:12 and Rev 2:10, and the Crown of Glory in 1 Peter 5:4. These crowns will be awarded to qualifying believers at the Bema Seat judgment that follows the Rapture (1 Cor. 3:10-15).
The Crown of Life is for those believers who persevere in their faith even under persecution. Church history abounds with the stories of believers remaining faithful in cases of severe persecution and trial, and the Bible promises them a special reward. Speaking to the church at Smyrna Jesus said, “Be faithful even to the point of death and I will give you life” (Rev. 2:10). Many scholars believe He was symbolically addressing the Church during the time of Roman persecution, although the persecution of Christians endures to this day and is becoming more severe as the end approaches.