Steadfast Till Death

James 1:12 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.

DEFINITIONS

  • Blessed: happy
  • Steadfast: patiently remaining under
  • Trial: a temptation or testing point typically proving, or testing one’s character
  • Stood: to begin to be. It is used of plants and fruits beginning to be produced (Matthew 21:19, 1 Cor 15:37)
  • Test: tried as metals are by fire
  • Crown Of Life: emblem of royal dignity given to the saints in heaven
  • Promised: to announce as true
  • Love: “agapo” to find one’s joy in someone or something
  • Him: the Lord / Jesus Christ

The trials in our lives are specifically intended by the sovereign Lord of the universe to test our love and our character; to produce Christ-like character and the fruits of the Spirit; and to increase our happiness and love as we patiently wait for the dignity and honor we will receive in heaven.

The text is calling each of us to have endurance until death. Trials are tests of faith. And the promise here gives the one tested more fruitfulness in their life on earth. But does not give the final promise (crown of life) until our last breath is taken.

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