21,22. 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. (MacArthur, J: Matthew 1-7 Chicago: Moody Press). Douglas J. Moo, in his commentary on James, writes about the background of the epistle: “The epistle of James has had a controversial history.Along with 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2 and 3 John, and Jude, it belongs to that category of New Testament epistles called ‘general’ or ‘catholic’ (in the sense of ‘universal’) (See catholic epistles). II. Mystagogues bear myrtle branches in the Eleusinian mysteries, and neophytes in the Isis mysteries. D. The result of enduring trials (James 1:12) The struggle is the way to glory, and the very struggle itself is a glory. I may have cancer, but cancer doesn't have me—God alone has me. 2. 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. James is explaining the reason for the beatitude associated with perseverance. So in this light, I would value your prayers that Christ may be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death." Let us strive to be as well-pleasing to Him in this life, as we hope to be in the next. to appear, have the appearance, (trans.) It is the word used for a stone which is fit to be fitted into its place in a building. How crowned if never in the wars? Crown (4735) (stephanos from stepho = to encircle, twine or wreathe) was a wreath made of foliage or designed to resemble foliage and worn by one of high status or held in high regard. James 1:12 12 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. 1986. is the same word in Koine Greek, the original language in which James wrote this letter. It is an evil doctrine that says “Because I am a Christian, I will not ever have to suffer.” James 1:12. But a trial is not the same experience as a temptation. Here by faith in Him to dwell! Peirasmos connotes trouble or something that breaks the pattern of peace, comfort, joy, and happiness in someone’s life. I am on the eve," he said, "of sending the press two octavo volumes." James uses two analogies here to make the point that the tongue is small, but mighty: the bit and the rudder. Because love for Jesus Christ is the necessary motivation to serve Him, especially when serving Him causes hardship and persecution. James deals with temptation in James 1:12-19. 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. (a) The crown of flowers was worn at times of joy, at weddings and at feasts (compare Isaiah 28:1-2; SS 3:11). 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. 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. She moved the crowd with an incredible performance in spite of the pain she was enduring, and the United States won gold. When by trials your life is sorely pressed. Dokimos is a word which motivates one to have a "God consciousness" (cp "Coram Deo" - before the face of God! You do not have, because you do not ask God. One of the most challenging of those commands is this: “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials” (James 1:2). 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:. The reason stated (James 1:20) Love for Christ motivates us to persevere under trials. When James says that Abraham was saved by good works; he does not exclude the need for faith in Jesus Christ. The true dignity of life is not found in escaping difficulties, but in mastering them for Christ's sake and in Christ's strength. 20,21. 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. 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