crown of life God provides wisdom to understand trials. She seemed too dull to master Chinese and fulfill her vision of serving in China. Eerdmans, Richards, L O: Expository Dictionary of Bible Words: Regency, Jas 1:2, 3, 4; 5:11; Job 5:17; Ps 94:12; 119:67,71,75; Pr 3:11,12; He 6:15; 10:32; 12:5; Re 3:19, Whom God chooses -Psalms 65:4; Ephesians 1:3,4, Whom God calls -Isaiah 51:2; Revelation 19:9, Who are not offended at Christ -Matthew 11:6, Whose sins are forgiven -Psalms 32:1,2; Romans 4:7, To whom God imputes righteousness without works -Romans 4:6-9, Whom God chastens -Job 5:17; Psalms 94:12, Who have the Lord for their God -Psalms 144:15, Who trust in God -Psalms 2:12; 34:8; 40:4; 84:12; Jeremiah 17:7, Who hear and keep the word of God -Ps 119:2; James 1:24; Mt 13:16; Lk 11:28; Re 1:3; 22:7, Who delight in the commandments of God -Psalms 112:1, Who keep the commandments of God -Revelation 22:14, Whose strength is in the Lord -Psalms 84:5, Who hunger and thirst after righteousness -Matthew 5:6, Who frequent the house of God -Psalms 65:4; 84:5, Who have part in the first resurrection -Revelation 20:6, Who favour saints -Genesis 12:3; Ruth 2:10, The generation of the upright -Psalms 112:2, The bountiful -Deuteronomy 15:10; Psalms 41:1; Pr 22:9; Lk 14:13,14, Saints at the judgment day -Matthew 25:34, Deuteronomy 8:2; 13:3; Proverbs 17:3; Zechariah 13:9; Malachi 3:2,3; Hebrews 11:17; 1Peter 1:6,7; 1Peter 5:10, James 2:5; Ex 20:6; Deut 7:9; Neh 1:5; Ps 5:11; Ro 8:28; 1Co 2:9; 8:3; 1Pe 1:8; 1Jn 4:19. James 1:12(HCSB) Verse Thoughts. They were "blessed" because they had achieved a state of happiness and contentment in life that was beyond all cares, labors, and even death. 24 "He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me. The source of human temptation (James 1:13–14) Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial - Not "Blessed is one who is never tried"! Blessedness of familiarity with God enjoyed in the affliction. You will need to let it have its way. James 1:12. by Grant Richison | Jul 19, 2000 | James | 5 comments. c. Symposia. He’s the Maker of the stars in heaven, Crowns also serve as a means of power and protection in the invocation of gods or demons in magic. One of the most challenging of those commands is this: “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials” (James 1:2). In the cloudless realms of day, There is far more than one thought here. If they have spiritual bliss, it can never die. Count It All Joy - A pastor placed this sign on his door: "If you have problems, come in and tell me all about them. But some small part of Your great plan He is blessed who has gone through the fire and has not been consumed as a counterfeit. By trial developed in every part of their nature. Makarios describes the person who is free from daily cares and worries because his every breath and circumstance is in the hands of His Maker Who gives him such an assurance (such a "blessing"). Wreaths of grass, leaves, or flowers also occur. Charles Simeon introduces this section noting that…, Under the afflictions with which we are visited in this vale of tears, philosophy has suggested many grounds for resignation and submission: but to find in them matter for self-congratulation and joy, was beyond the reach of unassisted reason. It takes a lot of pain and frustration to become a great clutch player.              (2)      The positive portrayal (James 1:25) In addition since they are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, they are fully satisfied no matter what their circumstances. The Greeks also used makarios in reference to the dead who were "the blessed ones", men and women who, through death, had reached the other world of the gods and so were now beyond the cares and problems and worries of earthly life. The answer is decisively yes! He has a new dignity for he is ever conscious that God thought him worth the life and death of Jesus Christ. Zoe in classical Greek refers to natural life--the principle that enables living things to move and to grow. We can't but He can and He always said He would. (James 1:13), Who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God -Luke 14:15; Re 19:9. After slogging her way across Siberia she reached her field in remote Yangcheng. 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). Only lovers of the Lord will hold out in the hour of trial; the rest will either sink or sulk, or slink back to the world. A large number of the Christians had left *Jerusalem and had goneto live in other countries. Nature. The Roman emperor, his family, the priests, and state officials all wear crowns in processions. 1986, Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, Stulac, G. M. James. 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. Reprinted by permission. 6. In short, the Greeks felt that one had to be either a god, dead or filthy rich to be blessed (makarios)! It assures a blessedness both here and hereafter. Let's listen to our Lord's words to those who call themselves His disciples (cp Mk 8:34, 35, 36, Lk 9:23)…. And don't try to persevere in your own strength but by leaning on Jesus and His indwelling Spirit to empower you. (Stulac, G. M. James. She was quite confused at my question, but her answer was very striking, 'Yes, sir, if I work long enough.' I am on the eve," he said, "of sending the press two octavo volumes." (Richards, L O: Expository Dictionary of Bible Words: Regency), Wuest (in comments on 2Pe 1:3-note) writes that zoe…. The point is that the promised beatitude will be given after we have completed the test. A common custom is to put wreaths on the dead, on the bier, and on the grave. Giving birth to sin, and sin to death. In Classic Greek it was used of announcing a summons or issuing a command. For He chose a spirit birth to give you, 16 He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love (agapao) Me?" Thus are you the firstfruits of His labors; The Spartans put on crowns before doing battle, perhaps in connection with sacrifice and as a sign of protection. When it’s o’er and you have stood unmoving, In 1807 Wilberforce brought about the banning of the slave trade in England but it was not until 1833 was slavery as an institution abolished, this news reaching Wilberforce even as he lay on his deathbed. "When he hath been approved" is the rendering of the Revised Version. Negative feelings, absence of feelings, or adverse conditions cannot take away the blessedness of those who exist in such a relationship with God! When by trials your life is sorely pressed. An attitude of joy is not based on what we feel but on what we know of God and His work in our lives. The illustration from the flower (James 1:11a) Mystagogues bear myrtle branches in the Eleusinian mysteries, and neophytes in the Isis mysteries. : Riverside Printing). 5. James sets before us the grand reward that awaits those who persevere, loving God. The reality of the human source (James 1:14) Victor, New Testament Words in Today's Language. When you are in the next trial, remember that it has a blessing if we persevere. (e.g., see the use by James below), Sometimes it is helpful to get a sense of the meaning of a word by observing uses of its antonym and here Isaiah 1:22 presents us with a clear picture, where God is speaking to faithless Israel declaring….          2. The statement of the requirement (James 1:22) It commonly denotes "the distinctive religious joy which accrues to man from his share in the salvation of the kingdom of God."' When a Christian’s spouse is unfaithful and abandons the marriage, is Christ still worth obeying? The blessedness of endurance (v 12a) Approved describes anything tested and fit for service. No, we cannot live in perfect obedience but every waking moment should be marked by a sincere heart desire to please our Father Who art in heaven (cp 2Co 5:9, 2Ti 2:4-NOTE). Jesus doeth all things well. 21,22. The repetition of small efforts will effect more than the occasional use of great talents. The tried Christian shall be a crowned one. (James 1:2-3). (1) A Greeting from James. These have faith, or it would not be tried; faith is blessed. It is interesting that Aristotle contrasted makarios with the Greek word endees which means "the needy one".              (2)      The rejected character (James 1:6b–8) 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!          1. Many were the sorts of crowns which were in use amongst the Roman victors: (1) Corona civica, a crown made of oaken boughs, which was given by the Romans to him that saved the life of any citizen in battle against his enemies. Life for him is like being for ever at a feast. The wreaths honor the dead but also protect them against demons. God tests man’s faith to learn whether it is genuine and true. My natural response to difficult circumstances is “Oh, no!” The Lord wants me to see what He can accomplish through them and say, “Oh, yes!” --By David C. McCasland (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. If such fierce trials do not kill them, nothing will.          2. James 1 – A Living Faith in Trials and Temptations A. Having endured many trials and facing a new struggle with cancer, Our Daily Bread author Joanie Yoder shared her thoughts in a letter: "I have relinquished my destiny to God's will. Explanation and Commentary of James 1:12 Trial is part of life in this fallen world. James 1:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] James 1:12, NIV: "Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him." Hupomeno was a military term used of an army’s holding a vital position at all costs. In the NT, zoe focuses on the theological meaning rather than on the biological. 13:18; Lam. 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). Wreaths are also placed on the bowls and vessels and on the walls of the rooms where the feasts are held. Victor), C H Spurgeon in his sermon notes (James 1:12 The Tried Man the Blessed Man) has this to say about blessed…. Commentary on James 3:1-12 View Bible Text . Trench defined hupomeno (hupomone) as manifesting the. Verses 1-12 are speaking of the trials and tests that come into our lives from outside circumstances. 1:9; 4:9; 12:4; 14:24; 16:31; 17:6; Cant. The mysteries promise initiates that in the hereafter they will be adorned with crowns and will enjoy the company of the blessed. Therefore, a painful process that yields a desired goal can be welcomed as a friend. We can endure trials in this life because of the joys in the life to come. take a wife, collect taxes, accept a verdict, take a road, and figuratively take courage. The reaction demanded (James 1:19b) Note that it is one that we receive as a gift from a gracious God, not one that we earn by our works/merit.            a. Cultic and political life are closely related, hence it is natural that those who hold national office should he crowned. So if any one of you lacks wisdom, He said to him, "Shepherd My sheep." Derivatives of the former are: (a) dokimos, trustworthy, reliable, tested, recognized, used as a technical term for genuine, current coinage, but also applied to persons enjoying general esteem; (b) adokimos, untested, not respected; (c) indirectly also dokimion, test, probation; (d) from dokimos are also derived dokimazo, test, pronounce good, establish by trial, recognize, and apodokimazo, disapprove of, reject, blame; dokimasis and dokimasia, investigation, testing (preparatory to installing in an office); dokime, approved character, trial. They are all included. The recipients were usually public officials or civic-minded persons serving at their own expense, Paul uses the image of a crown in his first epistle to the Corinthians writing…, Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Spurgeon said "By perseverance the snail reached the ark." James 1:12. 2:15; 5:16; Ezek. (Trials and Temptations. St. James, who wrote to “his Jewish brethren who were scattered abroad” through the violence of persecution, frequently repeats this consolatory idea. In cultic acts priests wear various forms of crowns. You do not have, because you do not ask God. Soldiers wear crowns at triumphs, and victors wear laurel or olive wreaths. The crown of life that James mentions here is often confused with eternal life. James deals with temptation in James 1:12-19. Reflection / Devotion / Commentary Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Unless we have endurance , we can never learn many of the truths that God wants us to learn, truths that will lead us into a deeper life and a more fruitful ministry. It is God's persevering grace. But when asking, you must never falter, (2) To stand fast, endure or remain in the sense of persevering so that under affliction, trouble, opposition or trial one holds fast to one's belief or faith (Mt 10:22, 24:13, Mark 13:13, James 5:11, et al). The stephanos was literally an adornment worn around the head as a crown of victory in the Greek athletic games, this reward being given to the runner who crossed the goal first, to the disc thrower with the longest toss, etc. 4:1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Therefore, it is better to conclude the paragraph with Jas 1:12 or make a separate paragraph of it. She moved the crowd with an incredible performance in spite of the pain she was enduring, and the United States won gold. It is the crown of life; and that phrase means that it is the crown which consists of life. Here's how William Barclay described it…, Nothing was ever achieved without discipline; and many an athlete and many a man has been ruined because he abandoned discipline and let himself grow slack. Dean Stanley - An old sailor was asked for what purpose shoals and rocks were created, and the reply was, "That sailors may avoid them." For you know that when your faith is tested, I am afraid that all the grace that I have got out of my comfortable and easy times and happy hours might almost lie on a penny. If we love God with our lips, we should demonstrate it with our life. Through it all, the Lord promises wisdom for today (James 1:5) and a crown of life for those who persevere (James 1:12). Eerdmans).       D.      The result of enduring trials (James 1:12) Mt 5:3, 4, 5, 6, 7,8, 9, 10, 11; 11:6; 13:16; 16:17; 24:46; Lk. When it’s done, you’ll be complete and perfect, The crown was the sign of festive joy. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Leicester, England: Eerdmans; Apollos), O the friends that now are waiting, Note that love for Christ does not exempt us from trials. Hupomeno has the following meanings depending on the context - (1) Stay behind, to tarry behind (beyond an expected time), to remain (as in Acts 17:14, Luke 2:43). The affairs of mankind are thrown into confusion by the tongues of men. The true dignity of life is not found in escaping difficulties, but in mastering them for Christ's sake and in Christ's strength. Faith that is not tried and true is worthless.       C.      The correct attitude toward life by the tried (James 1:9–11) 1:12, 25; 1Pe 3:14; 4:14; Re 1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14. The tried Christian shall be a crowned one. On the New Year feast at Rome houses are adorned with crowns or wreaths. WBC: Blessed is the man who endures in time of testing because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown that offers the life [God] has promised to those who love Him. Truly? James uses two analogies here to make the point that the tongue is small, but mighty: the bit and the rudder. Every age of the world, and every condition of life, private or public, affords examples of this. (Phillips: Touchstone). The Book of James – A Detailed Commentary Basic Training Bible Ministries Page 3 in which our faith vindicates God” (Job 42:8b), and James would answer, “because God works through trial to purify and refine our faith in order to bring blessings in time and reward in eternity” (Jam 1:12). After the inscription and salutation (v. 1) Christians are taught how to conduct themselves when under the cross. Those who love God - This phrase or a similar phrase is a common designation for God's people both in the OT (Ex 20:6; Ps 97:10-Spurgeon's note; Ps 145:20-Spurgeon's note) and the NT (Ro 8:28-note; 1Co 2:9; 2Ti 4:8-note; 1Pe 1:7, 8-notes). Your faith develops when things don’t go as planned. J C Ryle - Trials are intended to make us think, to wean us from the world, to send us to the Bible, to drive us to our knees. Through the Word of truth that you believed. The Cult of the Dead.            a. The use of prayer amid trials (James 1:5–8) Blessedness of holy dependence under conscious weakness. In the Roman army the general wears a crown to purify the troops before battle. 3. The Christian can win the crown of victory in the contest of life. He said to him, "Tend My lambs." Why do we far too often grovel in the pig sties of this passing evil age when we could be continually dining at the Father's table, Whose banner over us is love. Blessedness belongs to those who endure tests. Just to be near the dear Lord I adore, Let us wait for the time of approval patiently. Wayne Detzler recounts an amazing true life example of Christian perseverance writing that…, True Christian perseverance is not tied to tenacity. If these are entirely absent, John says, that person is devoid of the life of God, and is unsaved. Dokimos is a word which motivates one to have a "God consciousness" (cp "Coram Deo" - before the face of God! James 1:12-16 lists the steps leading to sin, beginning with temptation. 3) Muralis, which was of gold, given to him that first scaled the wall of any town or castle. Wuest: Spiritually prosperous is the man who remains steadfast under trial, because after he has met the test and has been approved, he shall receive the crown, namely, that crown which has to do with the life, which He promised to those who love Him. James is explaining the reason for the beatitude associated with perseverance.       C.      The warning against being deceived (James 1:16), The activity of God in human affairs (James 1:17–18) Changing not as shadows move and shift. II.       A. 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. Our perseverance does not save us but demonstrates that we are genuinely saved. Thomas Manton - Afflictions do not make the people of God miserable. After the test comes approval. The crown expresses reverence; Empedocles takes it as a mark of veneration when crowned.       A. 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. God is trying to produce in us an enduring overcoming faith. 4. When a Christian’s physical health is crippled, is Christ still worth adoring? He is not saying that the sinner is saved by enduring trials. Commentary on James 1:12-18 (Read James 1:12-18) It is not every man who suffers, that is blessed; but he who with patience and constancy goes through all difficulties in the way of duty. Untested treasures may be worthless; not so those which have endured the fire. Various examples show that crowns are viewed as signs of protection. The rejection vindicated (James 1:13b) 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. Jesus said to him, "Tend My sheep. The starch in a saint's spine is shown by Scripture to be nothing less than the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. 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. James 1:1-12 The question we are tackling this morning is asked perhaps more than any other question about God. Trials and wisdom. You might expect James to say, “the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who persevere,” or “to those who obey,” or “to those who believe in Him.” But rather, he says, “to those who love Him.” Why does he say this? Keeping our eyes on the prize can help motivate us to maintain spiritual integrity when faced with the temptations and sufferings of earthly life. In this life he becomes a man of sterling worth. Who is able to express the glory of it; or to what glorious thing shall it be likened? 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. But when we do, we can return and repent and then press on in the test. In the ancient world the crown (stephanos, Greek #4735) had at least four great associations. 20:2; Est. 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His own hand shall give it.       B. started (Jas 1:2) and ended with joy. It acknowledges excellence.            a.          2. (Tony Evans). Victor. You quarrel and fight. Paul often used athletic illustrations in his letters, and James does so here. The Mysteries. After the test comes assurance of our being right. (a) the victor's crown in the games. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. If that is so, it means that the Christian, if he is faithful, will be crowned with the life which belongs to God himself. It is therefore the word for money which is genuine, or, as we would say, sterling. To be blessed, you had to be a god. It’s not God who leads you from the path. The Army. Let us strive to be as well-pleasing to Him in this life, as we hope to be in the next.            a. 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. Only in this way can one explain the work of Gladys Aylward, a London parlor maid. What do I not owe to the crucible and the furnace, the bellows that have blown up the coals, and the hand which has thrust me into the heat?… I bear my witness that the worst days I have ever had have turned out to be my best days… I can bear my personal testimony that the best piece of furniture that I ever had in the house was a cross. 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. (d) The crown was the mark of honour and of dignity. James seems to be moving in a very different direction after his discourse on works, which concluded, “faith apart from works is dead” (2:14-26). At His judgment-seat He (Christ) will weigh up the worth of our individual mortal life, and He is doing so day by day. The stripping off of sins (James 1:21a) Homer used makarios to describe a state unaffected by the world of men, who were subject to poverty, weakness, and death. Blessedness of thankfulness for being sustained. 1.          1. 10. The idea of persevering is not just to "grin and bear it" but to remain under trials in a such a way that we glorify God as we learn the lessons the trials are meant to teach us, instead of seeking ways to get out from under (cf the prefix preposition "hupo" = under) the trials and be relieved of the pressure. Having all you need to meet each day. In the present context the primary meaning is trial or test which in itself is not an enticement to evil, for he states we are not to resist (as one would if the intent were evil) but to endure (which supports the meaning of a "neutral" trial). (2) Obsidionalis, which was of grass, given to him that delivered a town or city from siege. The reception of the Word (James 1:21) The context determines whether the intended purpose of the "temptation" is for good or for evil. Don't misunderstand. This does not mean a conferral of blessing or an exhortation to live a life worthy of blessing; rather, it is an acknowledgment that the ones indicated are blessed. Coleridge is the supreme tragedy of undiscipline. Crowning takes place in relation to prayer-processions. A dokimos man or dokimos character is like metal which has been cleansed of all alloy and impurity. But when tempted, never be accusing; But the contemplation of heaven’s rewards is found throughout the NT as a spur to our faithfulness in difficult circumstances here on earth. The blessedness consists not in being free from trials, or yet in the fact that he is being subjected to testing, but that he "perseveres" under trial in the manner indicated in Jas 1:2, 3, 4.       B.          3. With such applications, the Christian life is taken out of the realm of sentimentality and placed in the realm of significant moral choice. You’ll receive the crown of life at last. Pressure brings out what's really on the inside! 2. — Albert Lee (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. 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). God promises a reward to fill the believer with a sure, steadfast hope. "The trying of your faith worketh patience." A Christian philosopher, using that axiom, upon being asked for what purpose trials and temptations are sent, answered, "That we may overcome and use them." Bearing up under the trying ordeal is to be our habitual practice. Already a higher form of spiritual life and enjoyment crowns those who have safely passed through fiercest trials of faith and love. Like a wave that’s blown and tossed about. 27:29; Mk. For I know, whatever befall me, (James 1 - Barclay's Daily Study Bible), Moo - The crown is the emblem of spiritual success, given by the King of the universe to those who 'keep their faith' in the midst of suffering and temptation. We also know that the lead crystal bowl went through the fire when it was made. He gives freely without asking questions; The award is given, not to trials or to endurance of trials, but to faith tested and proved to be genuine through trials. In James 1:12 (see below) the weaknesses of such a one have been eradicated and he emerges strong and pure. (D Edmond Hiebert - James. They were men of honour who put only genuine full weighted money into circulation. Talk about persevering! James told us to "count it all joy," because trials do not happen without a reason. The only Christians who don’t face trial, even great trials, are those who suddenly die young. Timothy was to be tested that he might be a fit weapon for the work of Christ, and therefore a workman who had no need to be ashamed. Dokimos conveys the idea of being tested and passing the test, so that God’s “Good (God) Housekeeping” stamp of approval is on your life. (b) The crown was the mark of royalty. The divine response (James 1:5c) When a Christian’s actions are misunderstood or slandered, is Christ still worth devotion? Richards writes that dokimos "is used in the NT in the sense of recognition, of being officially approved and accepted. Wholly? Plato hands down an idea that in Hades there will be a symposium for the righteous at which they will be adorned with crowns. An obedience that is motivated by a personal desire to win a reward is the very antithesis of Christian spirituality. (Gingrich, R. E. The Book of James. perseverance > crown of life God provides wisdom to understand trials. She seemed too dull to master Chinese and fulfill her vision of serving in China. Eerdmans, Richards, L O: Expository Dictionary of Bible Words: Regency, Jas 1:2, 3, 4; 5:11; Job 5:17; Ps 94:12; 119:67,71,75; Pr 3:11,12; He 6:15; 10:32; 12:5; Re 3:19, Whom God chooses -Psalms 65:4; Ephesians 1:3,4, Whom God calls -Isaiah 51:2; Revelation 19:9, Who are not offended at Christ -Matthew 11:6, Whose sins are forgiven -Psalms 32:1,2; Romans 4:7, To whom God imputes righteousness without works -Romans 4:6-9, Whom God chastens -Job 5:17; Psalms 94:12, Who have the Lord for their God -Psalms 144:15, Who trust in God -Psalms 2:12; 34:8; 40:4; 84:12; Jeremiah 17:7, Who hear and keep the word of God -Ps 119:2; James 1:24; Mt 13:16; Lk 11:28; Re 1:3; 22:7, Who delight in the commandments of God -Psalms 112:1, Who keep the commandments of God -Revelation 22:14, Whose strength is in the Lord -Psalms 84:5, Who hunger and thirst after righteousness -Matthew 5:6, Who frequent the house of God -Psalms 65:4; 84:5, Who have part in the first resurrection -Revelation 20:6, Who favour saints -Genesis 12:3; Ruth 2:10, The generation of the upright -Psalms 112:2, The bountiful -Deuteronomy 15:10; Psalms 41:1; Pr 22:9; Lk 14:13,14, Saints at the judgment day -Matthew 25:34, Deuteronomy 8:2; 13:3; Proverbs 17:3; Zechariah 13:9; Malachi 3:2,3; Hebrews 11:17; 1Peter 1:6,7; 1Peter 5:10, James 2:5; Ex 20:6; Deut 7:9; Neh 1:5; Ps 5:11; Ro 8:28; 1Co 2:9; 8:3; 1Pe 1:8; 1Jn 4:19. James 1:12(HCSB) Verse Thoughts. They were "blessed" because they had achieved a state of happiness and contentment in life that was beyond all cares, labors, and even death. 24 "He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me. The source of human temptation (James 1:13–14) Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial - Not "Blessed is one who is never tried"! Blessedness of familiarity with God enjoyed in the affliction. You will need to let it have its way. James 1:12. by Grant Richison | Jul 19, 2000 | James | 5 comments. c. Symposia. He’s the Maker of the stars in heaven, Crowns also serve as a means of power and protection in the invocation of gods or demons in magic. One of the most challenging of those commands is this: “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials” (James 1:2). In the cloudless realms of day, There is far more than one thought here. If they have spiritual bliss, it can never die. Count It All Joy - A pastor placed this sign on his door: "If you have problems, come in and tell me all about them. But some small part of Your great plan He is blessed who has gone through the fire and has not been consumed as a counterfeit. By trial developed in every part of their nature. Makarios describes the person who is free from daily cares and worries because his every breath and circumstance is in the hands of His Maker Who gives him such an assurance (such a "blessing"). Wreaths of grass, leaves, or flowers also occur. Charles Simeon introduces this section noting that…, Under the afflictions with which we are visited in this vale of tears, philosophy has suggested many grounds for resignation and submission: but to find in them matter for self-congratulation and joy, was beyond the reach of unassisted reason. It takes a lot of pain and frustration to become a great clutch player.              (2)      The positive portrayal (James 1:25) In addition since they are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, they are fully satisfied no matter what their circumstances. The Greeks also used makarios in reference to the dead who were "the blessed ones", men and women who, through death, had reached the other world of the gods and so were now beyond the cares and problems and worries of earthly life. The answer is decisively yes! He has a new dignity for he is ever conscious that God thought him worth the life and death of Jesus Christ. Zoe in classical Greek refers to natural life--the principle that enables living things to move and to grow. We can't but He can and He always said He would. (James 1:13), Who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God -Luke 14:15; Re 19:9. After slogging her way across Siberia she reached her field in remote Yangcheng. 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). Only lovers of the Lord will hold out in the hour of trial; the rest will either sink or sulk, or slink back to the world. A large number of the Christians had left *Jerusalem and had goneto live in other countries. Nature. The Roman emperor, his family, the priests, and state officials all wear crowns in processions. 1986, Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, Stulac, G. M. James. 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. Reprinted by permission. 6. In short, the Greeks felt that one had to be either a god, dead or filthy rich to be blessed (makarios)! It assures a blessedness both here and hereafter. Let's listen to our Lord's words to those who call themselves His disciples (cp Mk 8:34, 35, 36, Lk 9:23)…. And don't try to persevere in your own strength but by leaning on Jesus and His indwelling Spirit to empower you. (Stulac, G. M. James. She was quite confused at my question, but her answer was very striking, 'Yes, sir, if I work long enough.' I am on the eve," he said, "of sending the press two octavo volumes." (Richards, L O: Expository Dictionary of Bible Words: Regency), Wuest (in comments on 2Pe 1:3-note) writes that zoe…. The point is that the promised beatitude will be given after we have completed the test. A common custom is to put wreaths on the dead, on the bier, and on the grave. Giving birth to sin, and sin to death. In Classic Greek it was used of announcing a summons or issuing a command. For He chose a spirit birth to give you, 16 He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love (agapao) Me?" Thus are you the firstfruits of His labors; The Spartans put on crowns before doing battle, perhaps in connection with sacrifice and as a sign of protection. When it’s o’er and you have stood unmoving, In 1807 Wilberforce brought about the banning of the slave trade in England but it was not until 1833 was slavery as an institution abolished, this news reaching Wilberforce even as he lay on his deathbed. "When he hath been approved" is the rendering of the Revised Version. Negative feelings, absence of feelings, or adverse conditions cannot take away the blessedness of those who exist in such a relationship with God! When by trials your life is sorely pressed. An attitude of joy is not based on what we feel but on what we know of God and His work in our lives. The illustration from the flower (James 1:11a) Mystagogues bear myrtle branches in the Eleusinian mysteries, and neophytes in the Isis mysteries. : Riverside Printing). 5. James sets before us the grand reward that awaits those who persevere, loving God. The reality of the human source (James 1:14) Victor, New Testament Words in Today's Language. When you are in the next trial, remember that it has a blessing if we persevere. (e.g., see the use by James below), Sometimes it is helpful to get a sense of the meaning of a word by observing uses of its antonym and here Isaiah 1:22 presents us with a clear picture, where God is speaking to faithless Israel declaring….          2. The statement of the requirement (James 1:22) It commonly denotes "the distinctive religious joy which accrues to man from his share in the salvation of the kingdom of God."' When a Christian’s spouse is unfaithful and abandons the marriage, is Christ still worth obeying? The blessedness of endurance (v 12a) Approved describes anything tested and fit for service. No, we cannot live in perfect obedience but every waking moment should be marked by a sincere heart desire to please our Father Who art in heaven (cp 2Co 5:9, 2Ti 2:4-NOTE). Jesus doeth all things well. 21,22. The repetition of small efforts will effect more than the occasional use of great talents. The tried Christian shall be a crowned one. (James 1:2-3). (1) A Greeting from James. These have faith, or it would not be tried; faith is blessed. It is interesting that Aristotle contrasted makarios with the Greek word endees which means "the needy one".              (2)      The rejected character (James 1:6b–8) 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!          1. Many were the sorts of crowns which were in use amongst the Roman victors: (1) Corona civica, a crown made of oaken boughs, which was given by the Romans to him that saved the life of any citizen in battle against his enemies. Life for him is like being for ever at a feast. The wreaths honor the dead but also protect them against demons. God tests man’s faith to learn whether it is genuine and true. My natural response to difficult circumstances is “Oh, no!” The Lord wants me to see what He can accomplish through them and say, “Oh, yes!” --By David C. McCasland (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. If such fierce trials do not kill them, nothing will.          2. James 1 – A Living Faith in Trials and Temptations A. Having endured many trials and facing a new struggle with cancer, Our Daily Bread author Joanie Yoder shared her thoughts in a letter: "I have relinquished my destiny to God's will. Explanation and Commentary of James 1:12 Trial is part of life in this fallen world. James 1:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] James 1:12, NIV: "Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him." Hupomeno was a military term used of an army’s holding a vital position at all costs. In the NT, zoe focuses on the theological meaning rather than on the biological. 13:18; Lam. 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). Wreaths are also placed on the bowls and vessels and on the walls of the rooms where the feasts are held. Victor), C H Spurgeon in his sermon notes (James 1:12 The Tried Man the Blessed Man) has this to say about blessed…. Commentary on James 3:1-12 View Bible Text . Trench defined hupomeno (hupomone) as manifesting the. Verses 1-12 are speaking of the trials and tests that come into our lives from outside circumstances. 1:9; 4:9; 12:4; 14:24; 16:31; 17:6; Cant. The mysteries promise initiates that in the hereafter they will be adorned with crowns and will enjoy the company of the blessed. Therefore, a painful process that yields a desired goal can be welcomed as a friend. We can endure trials in this life because of the joys in the life to come. take a wife, collect taxes, accept a verdict, take a road, and figuratively take courage. The reaction demanded (James 1:19b) Note that it is one that we receive as a gift from a gracious God, not one that we earn by our works/merit.            a. Cultic and political life are closely related, hence it is natural that those who hold national office should he crowned. So if any one of you lacks wisdom, He said to him, "Shepherd My sheep." Derivatives of the former are: (a) dokimos, trustworthy, reliable, tested, recognized, used as a technical term for genuine, current coinage, but also applied to persons enjoying general esteem; (b) adokimos, untested, not respected; (c) indirectly also dokimion, test, probation; (d) from dokimos are also derived dokimazo, test, pronounce good, establish by trial, recognize, and apodokimazo, disapprove of, reject, blame; dokimasis and dokimasia, investigation, testing (preparatory to installing in an office); dokime, approved character, trial. They are all included. The recipients were usually public officials or civic-minded persons serving at their own expense, Paul uses the image of a crown in his first epistle to the Corinthians writing…, Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Spurgeon said "By perseverance the snail reached the ark." James 1:12. 2:15; 5:16; Ezek. (Trials and Temptations. St. James, who wrote to “his Jewish brethren who were scattered abroad” through the violence of persecution, frequently repeats this consolatory idea. In cultic acts priests wear various forms of crowns. You do not have, because you do not ask God. Soldiers wear crowns at triumphs, and victors wear laurel or olive wreaths. The crown of life that James mentions here is often confused with eternal life. James deals with temptation in James 1:12-19. Reflection / Devotion / Commentary Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Unless we have endurance , we can never learn many of the truths that God wants us to learn, truths that will lead us into a deeper life and a more fruitful ministry. It is God's persevering grace. But when asking, you must never falter, (2) To stand fast, endure or remain in the sense of persevering so that under affliction, trouble, opposition or trial one holds fast to one's belief or faith (Mt 10:22, 24:13, Mark 13:13, James 5:11, et al). The stephanos was literally an adornment worn around the head as a crown of victory in the Greek athletic games, this reward being given to the runner who crossed the goal first, to the disc thrower with the longest toss, etc. 4:1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Therefore, it is better to conclude the paragraph with Jas 1:12 or make a separate paragraph of it. She moved the crowd with an incredible performance in spite of the pain she was enduring, and the United States won gold. It is the crown of life; and that phrase means that it is the crown which consists of life. Here's how William Barclay described it…, Nothing was ever achieved without discipline; and many an athlete and many a man has been ruined because he abandoned discipline and let himself grow slack. Dean Stanley - An old sailor was asked for what purpose shoals and rocks were created, and the reply was, "That sailors may avoid them." For you know that when your faith is tested, I am afraid that all the grace that I have got out of my comfortable and easy times and happy hours might almost lie on a penny. If we love God with our lips, we should demonstrate it with our life. Through it all, the Lord promises wisdom for today (James 1:5) and a crown of life for those who persevere (James 1:12). Eerdmans).       D.      The result of enduring trials (James 1:12) Mt 5:3, 4, 5, 6, 7,8, 9, 10, 11; 11:6; 13:16; 16:17; 24:46; Lk. When it’s done, you’ll be complete and perfect, The crown was the sign of festive joy. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Leicester, England: Eerdmans; Apollos), O the friends that now are waiting, Note that love for Christ does not exempt us from trials. Hupomeno has the following meanings depending on the context - (1) Stay behind, to tarry behind (beyond an expected time), to remain (as in Acts 17:14, Luke 2:43). The affairs of mankind are thrown into confusion by the tongues of men. The true dignity of life is not found in escaping difficulties, but in mastering them for Christ's sake and in Christ's strength. Faith that is not tried and true is worthless.       C.      The correct attitude toward life by the tried (James 1:9–11) 1:12, 25; 1Pe 3:14; 4:14; Re 1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14. The tried Christian shall be a crowned one. On the New Year feast at Rome houses are adorned with crowns or wreaths. WBC: Blessed is the man who endures in time of testing because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown that offers the life [God] has promised to those who love Him. Truly? James uses two analogies here to make the point that the tongue is small, but mighty: the bit and the rudder. Every age of the world, and every condition of life, private or public, affords examples of this. (Phillips: Touchstone). The Book of James – A Detailed Commentary Basic Training Bible Ministries Page 3 in which our faith vindicates God” (Job 42:8b), and James would answer, “because God works through trial to purify and refine our faith in order to bring blessings in time and reward in eternity” (Jam 1:12). After the inscription and salutation (v. 1) Christians are taught how to conduct themselves when under the cross. Those who love God - This phrase or a similar phrase is a common designation for God's people both in the OT (Ex 20:6; Ps 97:10-Spurgeon's note; Ps 145:20-Spurgeon's note) and the NT (Ro 8:28-note; 1Co 2:9; 2Ti 4:8-note; 1Pe 1:7, 8-notes). Your faith develops when things don’t go as planned. J C Ryle - Trials are intended to make us think, to wean us from the world, to send us to the Bible, to drive us to our knees. Through the Word of truth that you believed. The Cult of the Dead.            a. The use of prayer amid trials (James 1:5–8) Blessedness of holy dependence under conscious weakness. In the Roman army the general wears a crown to purify the troops before battle. 3. The Christian can win the crown of victory in the contest of life. He said to him, "Tend My lambs." Why do we far too often grovel in the pig sties of this passing evil age when we could be continually dining at the Father's table, Whose banner over us is love. Blessedness belongs to those who endure tests. Just to be near the dear Lord I adore, Let us wait for the time of approval patiently. Wayne Detzler recounts an amazing true life example of Christian perseverance writing that…, True Christian perseverance is not tied to tenacity. If these are entirely absent, John says, that person is devoid of the life of God, and is unsaved. Dokimos is a word which motivates one to have a "God consciousness" (cp "Coram Deo" - before the face of God! James 1:12-16 lists the steps leading to sin, beginning with temptation. 3) Muralis, which was of gold, given to him that first scaled the wall of any town or castle. Wuest: Spiritually prosperous is the man who remains steadfast under trial, because after he has met the test and has been approved, he shall receive the crown, namely, that crown which has to do with the life, which He promised to those who love Him. James is explaining the reason for the beatitude associated with perseverance.       C.      The warning against being deceived (James 1:16), The activity of God in human affairs (James 1:17–18) Changing not as shadows move and shift. II.       A. 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. Our perseverance does not save us but demonstrates that we are genuinely saved. Thomas Manton - Afflictions do not make the people of God miserable. After the test comes approval. The crown expresses reverence; Empedocles takes it as a mark of veneration when crowned.       A. 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. God is trying to produce in us an enduring overcoming faith. 4. When a Christian’s physical health is crippled, is Christ still worth adoring? He is not saying that the sinner is saved by enduring trials. Commentary on James 1:12-18 (Read James 1:12-18) It is not every man who suffers, that is blessed; but he who with patience and constancy goes through all difficulties in the way of duty. Untested treasures may be worthless; not so those which have endured the fire. Various examples show that crowns are viewed as signs of protection. The rejection vindicated (James 1:13b) 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. Jesus said to him, "Tend My sheep. The starch in a saint's spine is shown by Scripture to be nothing less than the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. 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. James 1:1-12 The question we are tackling this morning is asked perhaps more than any other question about God. Trials and wisdom. You might expect James to say, “the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who persevere,” or “to those who obey,” or “to those who believe in Him.” But rather, he says, “to those who love Him.” Why does he say this? Keeping our eyes on the prize can help motivate us to maintain spiritual integrity when faced with the temptations and sufferings of earthly life. In this life he becomes a man of sterling worth. Who is able to express the glory of it; or to what glorious thing shall it be likened? 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. But when we do, we can return and repent and then press on in the test. In the ancient world the crown (stephanos, Greek #4735) had at least four great associations. 20:2; Est. 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