James Part 4


“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.” (James 1:12, KJV)

Easy one. I think I spent the first year as a Christian quoting this to myself. temptation here is πειρασμόν· peirasmon, meaning trial, temptation, put to the test.

When you are put to the test, it is God allowing a test to come your way. God prefers test to come when you are certain to pass it. What we do determines whether or not we have to take it again! No “three strikes and you’re out” rule with God. If you need one billion times to pass that, you get one billion!

Finally, the one who asks for wisdom must be steadfast and infused with love. God blesses someone who perseveres under trial. In this verse James returned to the theme with which he opened this passage in verses 2-3; both refer to “trials,” “testing,” and “perseverance.” The Christian who steadfastly endures (hypomenei) trials (peirasmon) and has stood the test (dokimos genomenos; cf. dokimion in v. 3)… will receive the crown of life. This “crown” consists of life, that is, the crown is life (cf. Rev. 2:10). … Asking for wisdom with faith (James 1:6-8), hope (vv. 9-11), and love (v. 12) brings not only the blessing of wisdom but also the blessing of winning.Bible Knowledge Commentary, John Walvoord