james 1:12 commentary
God provides wisdom to understand trials. The illustration from the flower (James 1:11a) The same thing is true of a ship’s rudder. The Mysteries. We still need to make a volitional choice to bear up but even this motivation to please God is initiated by the indwelling Holy Spirit (see Php 2:12, 13, especially verse 13 - see notes Php 2:12; 13), Who also provides the power, energizing us to be able to endure as more than conquerors in Christ Jesus our Lord. To review note that James 1:1-12 expounds four truths which should encourage us when we experience trials -- God uses trials to produce staying power in those who endure. (4) Castralis, which was likewise of gold, given to him that first entered the camp of the enemy. (Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. Vol. 5. Reprinted by permission. (In comments on 1Jn 1:2 Wuest adds) here used as Thayer indicates, as “the absolute fulness of life, both essential and ethical, which belongs to God.” Thus, this life that God is, is not to be defined as merely animation, but as definitely ethical in its content. 1, 284.). In the NT, zoe focuses on the theological meaning rather than on the biological. 1:45; 6:20, 21, 22; 7:23; 10:23; 11:27, 28; 12:37, 38, 43; 14:14, 15; 23:29; Jn. But the good that I have received from my sorrows, and pains, and griefs, is altogether incalculable. These possess uprightness, purity, truth, patience; all these are blessed things. Victor, New Testament Words in Today's Language. 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. Sure we will fail to bear up from time to time, for we are human. Blessedness comes out of patient experience. Animals are also crowned or garlanded at various feasts. FOR ONCE HE HAS BEEN APPROVED: hoti dokimos genomenos (AMPMSN): For once (hoti) is used here as a subordinating conjunction as a marker of causality and could also be translated because. 6:11, 14. God brings (allows) such tests (peirasmos) to prove and increase the strength and quality of one’s faith and to demonstrate its validity (read all of James 1 for full context). 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. For instance, we test the purity of a bowl made of lead crystal by lightly tapping the outer edge. The repudiation of a divine source (James 1:13) For instance, it describes gold or silver which has been purified of all alloy in the fire. 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. B. It is not only a crown of glory, but hath divers other titles of pre-eminency given unto it, of which all shall be true partakers that are godly; a crown of righteousness, by the imputation of Christ's righteousness; a crown of life, because those that have it shall be made capable of life eternal; a crown of stars, because they that receive it shall shine as stars for ever and ever. By trial developed in every part of their nature. A stone with a flaw in it was marked with a capital A, standing for adokimastos, which means tested and found wanting. Wreaths adorn the participants at banquets and the ensuing symposia, which are held in honor of various gods. A large number of the Christians had left *Jerusalem and had goneto live in other countries. 20:2; Est. If I had the tongue of men and angels, I should be unable to decipher it as it worthily deserveth. Life should be taken as identifying the reward—`the reward that is life. The Author of the believer’s regeneration (James 1:18), Faith tested by its response to the Word of God (James 1:19–27) In short, the word peirasmos has a "double meaning" depending on the context and depending on how one responds to the trial/test. Wuest renders it "because after he has met the test and has been approved." 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 the present context clearly James is speaking of a benevolent action, the crown of life. Therefore, it is better to conclude the paragraph with Jas 1:12 or make a separate paragraph of it. Jesus doeth all things well. 2. When all my labors and trials are o’er, Memphis, TN. In the ancient world the crown (stephanos, Greek #4735) had at least four great associations. — John Spencer, Barclay adds that stephanos had the following associations in the ancient world…. I am working on this entry for Working Preacher at home today, so instead of using “my” Bible in my office, I pulled off the shelf the Bible my wife used when we were in college (almost) 20 years ago. The consequences of yielding to temptation (James 1:15) The person who delivers the oracle wears a crown. Trials and testings happen in our life to produce real Christian joy, Trials and testing happen in our life to produce in you an enduring faith, Trials and testings happen in our life to mature us as a Christian, Trials and testings happen in our life to drive us to prayer, Trials and testings happen to bring equality among the brethren, Trials and testings happen to bring us reward in heaven. (Wuest's Word Studies from the Greek New Testament). Some Christians have a difficulty with rewards, objecting that our obedience to Christ should be pure and disinterested, unmotivated by any such crass consideration as future reward. Mt 5:3, 4, 5, 6, 7,8, 9, 10, 11; 11:6; 13:16; 16:17; 24:46; Lk. Count It All Joy - A pastor placed this sign on his door: "If you have problems, come in and tell me all about them. The proper attitude toward trials (James 1:2–4) 39:5), and a Christian's worst is happiness. When a Christian’s actions are misunderstood or slandered, is Christ still worth devotion? started (Jas 1:2) and ended with joy. Hupomeno is in the present tense which calls for this perseverance to be one's lifestyle. Hupomeno was a military term used of an army’s holding a vital position at all costs. ", Makarios means possessing the favor of God, experiencing "spiritual prosperity". She moved the crowd with an incredible performance in spite of the pain she was enduring, and the United States won gold. 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. James 1:12 (Devotion) "Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him." But when tempted, never be accusing; No one ever reached any eminence, and no one having reached it ever maintained it, without discipline. The KJV has "temptations" instead of "trials". The Christian can win the crown of victory in the contest of life. What do we do when problems come unannounced and with great intensity? James uses two analogies here to make the point that the tongue is small, but mighty: the bit and the rudder. A. 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. His peculiar regard to those who love him doubly ensures it. De Haan Similarly, God tests the faith of man as, for example, in the case of Job. Various examples show that crowns are viewed as signs of protection. (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. By trial brought to purest health of mind. 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, "Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us, and not to the world?" Blessed (3107)(makarios) is derived from a root makar, (others say from "mak" which means large or lengthy) which means to be happy, but not in the usual sense of happiness based on positive circumstances. The nature of acceptable obedience (James 1:26–27) Crowned because honored of their fellows. Later James uses the root verb form (peirazo) explaining that no one should, "say when he is tempted (peirazo), “I am being tempted (peirazo) by God”; for God cannot be tempted (apeirastos from a = without + peirazo = tempt > incapable of being tempted) by evil, and He Himself does not tempt (peirazo) anyone." It is rather the work of God the Holy Spirit in a believer's life. In the final rites they offer their wreaths to the deity. (New Testament Words in Today's Language. Crowned because appreciated by their God. Moreover, as Mitton aptly observes, “the rewards are of a kind that only a true Christian would be able to appreciate.” (Moo, D. J. How much more should we as believers "run with endurance the race that is set before" (see note Hebrews 12:1) us, knowing that the Olympic athletes, do it to receive a perishable wreath (stephanos) but we an imperishable." Your faith develops when things don’t go as planned. 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. It is God's gift to those who truly love Him. At the end of the day, if he has been faithful, the Christian will have the joy of entering into the nearer presence of God. 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. Don Robinson (Reasons for Trials) sums up this section…. Ask of God, who always hears and cares. 2. God is not interested in seeing the believer falter and fail; he wants him to endure, overcome, and triumph. 13 "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. September 13, 2009. James 1:12. by Grant Richison | Jul 19, 2000 | James | 5 comments. Deeply? (1) A Greeting from James. 2. When James says that Abraham was saved by good works; he does not exclude the need for faith in Jesus Christ. B. When it’s o’er and you have stood unmoving, He left Cambridge University to join the army; but he left the army because, in spite of all his erudition, he could not rub down a horse; he returned to Oxford and left without a degree. The futility of activity without inner control (James 1:26) The true dignity of life is not found in escaping difficulties, but in mastering them for Christ's sake and in Christ's strength. Victor. BLESSED IS A MAN WHO PERSEVERES UNDER TRIAL: Makarios aner os hupomenei (3SPAI) peirasmon: Trial > faith > obedience > The crown was the sign of festive joy. Downers Grove, Ill. USA: InterVarsity Press, Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. (2) Obsidionalis, which was of grass, given to him that delivered a town or city from siege. The rewards that God promises to those who love Him are of such a nature that only someone prompted by unselfish love for the Lord would be able to appreciate them. 16 He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love (agapao) Me?" When you are in the next trial, remember that it has a blessing if we persevere. On the other hand take the life of British author Samuel Coleridge, who was undisciplined and so did not persevere. The outcome to be realized (James 1:4) (1) The necessary attitude (James 1:6a) The myrtle signifies love. How crowned if never in the wars? Reflection / Devotion / Commentary Tuesday, July 7, 2015. He begins with bidding them to “count it all joy when they fall into divers temptations.” Towards the close of his epistle he declares this to be at least the persuasion of his own mind; “Behold, we count them happy that endure.” But in the text he does not hesitate to affirm it as an unquestionable truth, that such persons are truly blessed (James 1 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae - Commentaries). a. When we are hurting during a trial, we need to put our focus on the right place. When asked how she did it, she said she focused on her coach, who kept telling her she could do it and who reminded her of what was at stake. It is an evil doctrine that says “Because I am a Christian, I will not ever have to suffer.” perseverance > crown of life 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? Afflictions cannot make us miserable, if it be not our own fault. 3. (James 1:2-3). Talk about persevering! And their crown of life is won. All rights reserved, Barclay's comments on 2Timothy 2:15 from The Daily Study Bible, Brown, Colin, Editor. James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings. (James 1 - Barclay's Daily Study Bible), The root dek-, dechomai, accept, gives two verbal derivatives dokeo and dokao. As alluded to above, this term was used of gold and silver which has been purified by fire of all alloy. And the present tense signifies that his reader's (verb is plural) have a continuing love for God. But a trial is not the same experience as a temptation. 4:1; 1Th 2:19; 2Ti 4:8; Jas 1:12; 1Pe 5:4; Re 2:10; 3:11; 4:4, 10; 6:2; 9:7; 12:1; 14:14. Roman magistrates wear gold crowns, and Etruscan crowns, also used at Rome, are of precious stones and golden oak. 13:17; 20:29; Acts 20:35; 26:2; Ro 4:7, 8; 14:22; 1Co. 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. The award is given, not to trials or to endurance of trials, but to faith tested and proved to be genuine through trials. (Ibid). They are all included. They have laid aside their armor, Hiebert comments that in the NT makarios is…, always a strongly religious concept denoting an inner quality of life, a joy and happiness not dependent upon favorable external circumstances. 2:15; 5:16; Ezek. The Letter of James. Giving up on a difficult ministry, retaliating against people who are mistreating you, withdrawing from active participation in worship and fellowship, compromising moral standards, interrupting your life of obedience, turning away from a walk of fellowship with the Lord—all these responses to adversity assume that escaping the trial is of more value than gaining the crown of life. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 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. 2. (Trials and Temptations. It means to watch as one would some precious thing. It is the biblical use and meaning of zoe that most concerns us as we examine what the NT says about life. The affairs of mankind are thrown into confusion by the tongues of men. James 1:12. The closed crown is used in magic. Dokimos is a word which motivates one to have a "God consciousness" (cp "Coram Deo" - before the face of God! How can we do this? AMEN. The Giver of all good gifts (James 1:17) But the *apostles and leaders of the church did notgo. This objection is understandable, and it is certainly the case that far too many Christians bring a selfish and calculating “bottom line” mentality into their service of the Lord, asking “What’s in it for me?” at every step. 14: New Testament commentary : Exposition of James and the Epistles of John. b. (NLT - Tyndale House), Phillips: The man who patiently endures the temptations and trials that come to him is the truly happy man. I said to the child, 'Do you expect to get all that coal in with that little shovel?' The struggle is the way to glory, and the very struggle itself is a glory. Makarios ultimately describes the state those who believe in Christ and in so possessing God, possess everything. 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. And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. Greek used makarios to refer to their gods and thus "the blessed ones" were the gods. Consider it (aorist imperative ~ do it now once and for all!) Blessedness of thankfulness for being sustained. It was worn by kings and by those in authority. Blessedness of fearlessness as to result of further trial. 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. That which is dokimos is shown to be trustworthy and genuine. If we love God with our lips, we should demonstrate it with our life. (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). 7:40; 1Ti 1:11; 6:15; Titus 2:13; Jas. A Sign of Joy and Respect. Homer used makarios to describe a state unaffected by the world of men, who were subject to poverty, weakness, and death. 1. In the Roman army the general wears a crown to purify the troops before battle. The coins were comparatively soft and of course many people shaved them closely. Endurance is a critical Christian virtue. 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). Let us encounter trial cheerfully. a. In other words, a persons must first be "proved" before being "approved". If these are entirely absent, John says, that person is devoid of the life of God, and is unsaved. Let us expect the crown of life most joyfully and gather courage from the assurance of it. (d) The heathen worshippers were in the habit of wearing crowns when they approached the temples of their gods. 3) Muralis, which was of gold, given to him that first scaled the wall of any town or castle. (D Edmond Hiebert - James. Don't hypocritically say "I love God" on Sunday in worship service and then spend the next 6 days doing your will on earth instead of His. The ceremony ends in their homes, which also bear wreaths. James is explaining the reason for the beatitude associated with perseverance. Trials are unavoidable and unpredictable, and they come in an unimaginable variety. The repetition of small efforts will effect more than the occasional use of great talents. New International Dictionary of NT Theology. "The trying of your faith worketh patience." 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