Timeless truths about eternal rewards! Does God give eternal rewards? Absolutely! The biblical evidence is overwhelming. 1 Corinthians 3:14 and many other verses clearly teach that believers will receive earned rewards. Now, the Bible clearly teaches that NO ONE will enter heaven because they earned their way into heaven. We enter heaven by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. However, once we are saved, we can earn rewards.
James introduces a reward that one receives by persevering through a trial with love and faith. That person will receive “the crown of life.” The New Testament refers to five crowns awarded in heaven. We do not know if that is an exhaustive list but we know that crowns will be rewarded.
A trial tests the heart. Specifically, a trial tests the depth of one’s love and faith. When you go through a trial, will you keep your eyes on Jesus? Will you surrender to Him totally by accepting His will, whatever that may be? The endurance and depth of your faith is tested during a trial. How will you respond?
“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12 NASB