This outlook would seem absurd and unattainable if not for the reason behind it: “knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” (James 1:3). Believers, whether rich or poor, find encouragement to rejoice over their position in life. It is the word used for a stone which is fit to be fitted into its place in a building. 2 You want something but don't get it. Wholly? (4) Castralis, which was likewise of gold, given to him that first entered the camp of the enemy. James 1:12. by Grant Richison | Jul 19, 2000 | James | 5 comments. 1:12, 25; 1Pe 3:14; 4:14; Re 1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14. When it’s done, you’ll be complete and perfect, When a Christian’s spouse is unfaithful and abandons the marriage, is Christ still worth obeying? To be blessed, you had to be a god. (Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. Vol. It is God's gift to those who truly love Him. In cultic acts priests wear various forms of crowns. He has a victory which others cannot win, for he meets life and all its demands in the conquering power of the presence of Jesus Christ. His life thus becomes the pattern of what our lives should be in holiness, self-sacrifice, humility, and love. The Author of the believer’s regeneration (James 1:18), Faith tested by its response to the Word of God (James 1:19–27) Dokimos is a word which motivates one to have a "God consciousness" (cp "Coram Deo" - before the face of God! “However reluctant we may be to embrace it, we know that suffering rightly received is one of the Christian’s supreme means of grace” (Wenham 1974:79). 1989. “How long do we have to wait?” is the stock question of the child. But the books were never composed outside Coleridge's mind, because he would not face the discipline of sitting down to write them out. God provides wisdom to understand trials. How is this possible? 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,  whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. ), a consciousness of His presence and of living and acting in His sight, so as to please Him in all things. – KJV. In this present life we are charged to "run with endurance" (cp He 12:1, 2-note) and not to shrink back (cp He 10:38, 39-notes) when the trials come. The article with "life" (tes zoes) points to that eternal life in all its fullness awaiting the attested believer. If you do, you’ll never gain God’s blessing; Aeneas crowns his brow with twigs when he first treads Roman soil and prays. 2:15; 5:16; Ezek. Trials rightly faced are harmless and in fact beneficial to the saint as Peter (and James 1 explain), but wrongly met become temptations to evil as explained below. Although some commentators think this verse is a solitary disconnected statement by James others such as Hiebert feel that…, This verse crowns the whole discussion with the promise of reward in the future life. These, with many others, as imperial, regal, and princely crowns (rather garlands or coronets than crowns), are not to be compared to the crown of glory which God hath prepared for those that love him. On the New Year feast at Rome houses are adorned with crowns or wreaths. Nothing, praise God, not even cancer, can thwart His will. Knowing that our sovereign God will walk with us and use trials to deepen our maturity, we can count them "all joy." They were "blessed" because they had achieved a state of happiness and contentment in life that was beyond all cares, labors, and even death. James 1:12-15 " 12 Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him. temper of spirit in which we accept God’s dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting. (James 1:2-3). It’s not the testing of our strength but the trying of our faith in Almighty God that develops our endurance. New International Dictionary of NT Theology. Do not let yourself yield to deception; And so we see another one of the words (like doulos, charis, etc) that the Bible elevated in status and meaning, as described below in a compilation from many different resources. Life (2222) (zoe) in Scripture is used (1) to refer to physical life (Ro 8:38-note, 1Co 3:22, Php 1:20-note, James 4:14, etc) but more often to (2) to supernatural life in contrast to a life subject to eternal death (Jn 3:36, see all 43 uses of "eternal life" below). For you know the testing soon will pass. No one ever reached any eminence, and no one having reached it ever maintained it, without discipline. Zondervan, The Daily Study Bible Series Comments on Revelation 2:8-11 The Letter to Smyrna, Kittel, G., Friedrich, G., & Bromiley, G. W. Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. James wrote to help them. Makarios ultimately describes the state those who believe in Christ and in so possessing God, possess everything. It points to a state of soul that the believer begins to experience in his life, even amid adverse outward circumstances, but its full bliss will be realized only in the future life. a. The statement of the requirement (James 1:22) 7:40; 1Ti 1:11; 6:15; Titus 2:13; Jas. Why? Wuest renders it "because after he has met the test and has been approved." After the inscription and salutation (v. 1) Christians are taught how to conduct themselves when under the cross. Promised (1861) (epaggello from epí = intensifies meaning + aggéllo = tell, declare) means to announce with certainty as to what one will do. So we cry to God, “Why?” Afterward, whether very soon or much later, we find such good resulting from the suffering that we reach the point of being able to say sincerely, “The good I have seen coming out of the trial, especially the benefit of my knowing God far better now, is worth the suffering it took to get me here.” Because we value the Lord and his kingdom and the crown of life more than we value ease or comfort, it becomes the choice of realism and wisdom to consider it pure joy whenever we face trials of many kinds. (New Testament Words in Today's Language. Commentary on James 3:1-12 (Read James 3:1-12) We are taught to dread an unruly tongue, as one of the greatest evils. Amplified: Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him. 16:12; 21:26; 23:42; 28:12; Zech. He has a new dignity for he is ever conscious that God thought him worth the life and death of Jesus Christ. — Albert Lee (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Like a wave that’s blown and tossed about. Coleridge is the supreme tragedy of undiscipline. The crown of the Christian is a new kind of living which is life indeed; through Jesus Christ he has entered into life more abundant. He is not saying that the sinner is saved by enduring trials. Ask of God, who always hears and cares. The attitude of the rich (James 1:10–11) Although some theologians argue against this truth, the Biblical truth is that perseverance is one of the signs of genuine faith. 6:11). When the test is over, then comes the hallmark of divine approval, “the crown of life.” As if the Lord said, “Let him live; he has been weighed in the balances, and he is not found wanting.” Life is the reward: not mere being—but holy, happy, true existence—the realization of the divine purpose concerning us. 1. As alluded to above, this term was used of gold and silver which has been purified by fire of all alloy. And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." All rights reserved, Barclay's comments on 2Timothy 2:15 from The Daily Study Bible, Brown, Colin, Editor. 5. God is not the mere reason for the universe, as the Greeks thought, but a Person with the characteristics and qualities of a divine Person. 2. If such fierce trials do not kill them, nothing will. If they have spiritual bliss, it can never die. In James 1:12 (see below) the weaknesses of such a one have been eradicated and he emerges strong and pure. These possess uprightness, purity, truth, patience; all these are blessed things. C. The correct attitude toward life by the tried (James 1:9–11) (The Daily Study Bible Series Comments on Revelation 2:8-11 The Letter to Smyrna), The stephanos was the only prize ancient Olympic athletes received and thus it was cherished as a great treasure. She seemed too dull to master Chinese and fulfill her vision of serving in China. 2. The Spartans put on crowns before doing battle, perhaps in connection with sacrifice and as a sign of protection. They are all included. Lambano can indicate either benevolent and hostile actions, and have as object either people or things; e.g. The crown, as a wreath placed around the head, is a sign of life and fertility, and perhaps also a symbol of light. b. The attitude commanded (James 1:2) Think of yourself as a tube of "spiritual toothpaste". Political Life. Acceptable service with inner control (James 1:27) (from Hiebert - James Commentary) James 1:12 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 (NASB: Lockman) No eye can see this till he has been anointed with heavenly eye salve. The stripping off of sins (James 1:21a) Of attaining the glory and "crown of life" by enduring trial, thus only can life be developed till its flower and crown appear. Burdick remarks, "Since it is a reward for an accomplishment subsequent to initial faith, it must refer to a still higher quality of life." The demand for active obedience (James 1:22–25) It assures a blessedness both here and hereafter. This process proves we are genuine ("approved"). A little-known fact about Michael Jordan is that in addition to his numerous buzzer beaters, he also missed over three hundred last-second shots during his career. (Trials and Temptations. If they have heavenly life, it will always be at its crowning point. God promises a reward to fill the believer with a sure, steadfast hope. See how Peter encourages his readers to persevere: “But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? Blessed is a man - There is no verb "is" in the Greek, so that it reads more literally "Blessed the man" similar to the beatitudes of Jesus which also lack the Greek verb for "is" (cp Mt 5:3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Lk 6:20, 21, 22, cp "blessed is the man" motif in - Ps 1:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 - see in depth commentary notes on Psalm 1, Job 5:17, Ps 32:2; 34:8; 40:4; 65:4; 84:5; 94:12; 112:1; Pr. (See note on 1Cor 9:25). Double-minded, you’ll succumb to doubt. The tried Christian shall be a crowned one. (1) A Greeting from James. His abundance will become your share. ", Donald Barnhouse - In the ancient world there was no banking system as we know it today, and no paper money. Mt 5:3, 4, 5, 6, 7,8, 9, 10, 11; 11:6; 13:16; 16:17; 24:46; Lk. Vincent adds that in regard to the meaning of peirasmos it, "is a mistake to define this word as only solicitation to evil. James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are of the Dispersion, greeting. 3. O Lord, You've kept from me; A Sign of Salvation and Protection. The reason indicated (James 1:3) The reason for the attitude (James 1:10a) c. Symposia. The English word "temptation" originally referred to trials, whether good or bad, but the evil sense has monopolized the word in modern English. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Leicester, England: Eerdmans; Apollos), If we trustingly and prayerfully endure our trials, we prove the genuineness of our faith toward God and of our love for God and then in the world to come, we will be given a victor’s crown, a crown consisting of eternal life and its fulness. Peirasmos connotes trouble or something that breaks the pattern of peace, comfort, joy, and happiness in someone’s life. Of receiving this lift-crown from God. Note that in the Septuagint, stephanos in some contexts symbolizes a special honor or as representative of happiness and prosperity (Ps 21:3; Pr 12:4; 16:31; Lam 5:16; Ezek.16:12) and also of a royal crown (2Sa 12:30; 1Chr 20:2 Zech. 39:5), and a Christian's worst is happiness. Another great example of a Christian who endured (persevered) under trials in a God honoring way is William Wilberforce (biography in Wikipedia or short bio in Christian History), even better read Eric Metaxas' great biography! Several graces and duties are recommended; and those who endure their trials and afflictions as the apostle here directs are pronounced blessed and are assured of a glorious reward (v. 2-12). The Dionysus cult uses ivy, oak, and acanthus, Neptune and Pan wear wreaths of fig leaves, and Zeus of laurel. (6) Ovalis (and that of myrtle), which was given to those captains that subdued any town or city, or that won any field easily, without blood. Blessedness is not in our text connected with ease, freedom from trial, or absence of temptation. 3. James 1:12(HCSB) Verse Thoughts. Love for Christ is the inevitable result of belief in Him. He gives freely without asking questions; Let us expect the crown of life most joyfully and gather courage from the assurance of it. Wreaths of grass, leaves, or flowers also occur. James 1 – A Living Faith in Trials and Temptations A. 1. knowing that the outcome will be good. 8. Explanation and Commentary of James 1:12 Trial is part of life in this fallen world. (B)2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in.3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,”4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges(C)with evil thoughts? It’s not God who leads you from the path. To be sure there is an element of this blessing which is experienced in this present life (cp 1Ti 4:8-note) but the "bulk" of the blessing looks toward our future life with Christ. Verses 1-12 are speaking of the trials and tests that come into our lives from outside circumstances. Faith was made perfect by his works. It was worn by kings and by those in authority. Talk about persevering! Of being crowned. The same thing is true of a ship’s rudder. The context determines whether the intended purpose of the "temptation" is for good or for evil. The ceremony ends in their homes, which also bear wreaths. (a) the victor's crown in the games. Friedrich Hauck says that the Greek word Makarios, "refers overwhelmingly to the distinctive religious joy which accrues to man form his share in the salvation of the kingdom of God. 2. I. KJV: Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. A Sign of Joy and Respect. Truly? The person who delivers the oracle wears a crown. Reprinted by permission. The blessed ones were beings who lived in some other world away from the cares and problems and worries of ordinary people. 1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep (tereo - word study) His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. We can't but He can and He always said He would. But the good that I have received from my sorrows, and pains, and griefs, is altogether incalculable. 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