7. No man may reckon himself blessed if he has to fear that a trial would wither all his excellence. Amplified: Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him. 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.          1. When all my labors and trials are o’er, 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. Animals are also crowned or garlanded at various feasts. James told us to "count it all joy," because trials do not happen without a reason. 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. The wreaths honor the dead but also protect them against demons. 10. William Barclay comments (see more by Barclay with some repetition under Stephanos below)…. Note that agapao is a verb and by its verbal nature calls for action. They have laid aside their armor, Crowned because appreciated by their God. He who throughout life faithfully serves Christ and his fellow-men will receive his crown. (d) The heathen worshippers were in the habit of wearing crowns when they approached the temples of their gods. That happiness is a divine pronouncement, the assured benefit of those who meet the conditions God requires. It is used to designate the life which God gives to the believing sinner, a vital, animating, spiritual, ethical dynamic which transforms his inner being and as a result, his behavior. Mt 5:3, 4, 5, 6, 7,8, 9, 10, 11; 11:6; 13:16; 16:17; 24:46; Lk. Life should be taken as identifying the reward—`the reward that is life. But when asking, you must never falter, The instructions of parents can bring a crown of grace to those who listen to them (Proverbs 1:9); Wisdom provides a man with a crown of glory (Proverbs 4:9); in a time of disaster and dishonor it can be said, "The crown has fallen from our head" (Lamentations 5:16). Burdick remarks, "Since it is a reward for an accomplishment subsequent to initial faith, it must refer to a still higher quality of life." Having all you need to meet each day. Heavenly peace, divinest comfort, And don't try to persevere in your own strength but by leaning on Jesus and His indwelling Spirit to empower you. 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. Of being crowned. In the present context clearly James is speaking of a benevolent action, the crown of life. If they have heavenly life, it will always be at its crowning point. For once his testing is complete he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to all who love him. But when we do, we can return and repent and then press on in the test. 1Jn 2:5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. Life for him is like being for ever at a feast. A very little girl came out with a small fire-shovel, and began to take up a shovelful at a time, and carry it to a sort of bin in the cellar. At His judgment-seat He (Christ) will weigh up the worth of our individual mortal life, and He is doing so day by day. He has a new dignity for he is ever conscious that God thought him worth the life and death of Jesus Christ. The wreaths express festal joy but also serve to cool the head during drinking. Who are calling me to follow At the end of the day, if the Christian is loyal, he will have the joy of sitting as a guest at the banquet of God.            a. James 4:1-12. The crown, as a wreath placed around the head, is a sign of life and fertility, and perhaps also a symbol of light. Wreaths adorn the participants at banquets and the ensuing symposia, which are held in honor of various gods. (Barclay's comments on 2Timothy 2:15 from The Daily Study Bible) Barclay adds that "To the man who meets trials in the right way there is joy here and hereafter. 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 message of John is that since the believer is a partaker of this life, it is an absolute necessity that he show the ethical and spiritual qualities that are part of the essential nature of God, in his own life. It’s not the testing of our strength but the trying of our faith in Almighty God that develops our endurance. The text speaks of "them that love him.". Faith that is not tried and true is worthless. 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.          1. 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?" Smyrna had annual games which were famous all over Asia. Wayne Detzler recounts an amazing true life example of Christian perseverance writing that…, True Christian perseverance is not tied to tenacity. O that will be glory for me, glory for me! After the test comes assurance of our being right. 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. God is not interested in seeing the believer falter and fail; he wants him to endure, overcome, and triumph. Do not let yourself yield to deception; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Leicester, England: Eerdmans; Apollos), If we trustingly and prayerfully endure our trials, we prove the genuineness of our faith toward God and of our love for God and then in the world to come, we will be given a victor’s crown, a crown consisting of eternal life and its fulness. It’s not God who leads you from the path.       C.      The obedience to the Word (James 1:22–27) A bit is a relatively small instrument, but when you put it into a horse’s mouth, you can control the entire horse. Plato hands down an idea that in Hades there will be a symposium for the righteous at which they will be adorned with crowns.          2. Victor. It means trial of any kind, without reference to its moral quality.". His abundance will become your share. The teaching in Jas 1:2 to count their trials as joy is here completed with the assurance concerning the ultimate effect of trials bravely endured. II. Let us strive to be as well-pleasing to Him in this life, as we hope to be in the next.              (1)      The negative portrayal (James 1:23–24) They were "blessed" because they had achieved a state of happiness and contentment in life that was beyond all cares, labors, and even death. speaks of life in the sense of one who is possessed of vitality and animation. The outcome to be realized (James 1:4) James says that if the Christian meets the testings of life in the steadfast constancy which Christ can give, life becomes infinitely more splendid than ever it was before. (Stulac, G. M. James. There is far more than one thought here. In one century, more than eighty laws were passed in Athens, to stop the practice of shaving down the coins then in circulation. 2. 15:17; Jn.       C.      The warning against being deceived (James 1:16), The activity of God in human affairs (James 1:17–18) : Riverside Printing). 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. It was worn by kings and by those in authority. 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. In the life to come he receives the crown of life. The crown expresses joy and honor, but also sorrow. The Author of the believer’s regeneration (James 1:18), Faith tested by its response to the Word of God (James 1:19–27) Such a one has a blessedness, greater infinitely than any earthly happiness, already in possession, and the promise of a future beyond all comparison. Of attaining the glory and "crown of life" by enduring trial, thus only can life be developed till its flower and crown appear. 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). The coins were comparatively soft and of course many people shaved them closely. Processions and Feasts. James is written to show us that God is trying to produce in us the kind of faith that overcomes. 1989. 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. The Games. How do believers love God? "The trying of your faith worketh patience." The Pillar New Testament commentary. (4) Castralis, which was likewise of gold, given to him that first entered the camp of the enemy. All rights reserved, Barclay's comments on 2Timothy 2:15 from The Daily Study Bible, Brown, Colin, Editor. Then that love will be tried, but many waters will not quench it, neither will the floods drown it. When James says that Abraham was saved by good works; he does not exclude the need for faith in Jesus Christ. (Trials and Temptations. The only Christians who don’t face trial, even great trials, are those who suddenly die young. Paul speaks of a similar reward in his last letter to Timothy explaining that…, in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. When a Christian’s actions are misunderstood or slandered, is Christ still worth devotion? 1:12, 25; 1Pe 3:14; 4:14; Re 1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14. The illustration of the requirement (James 1:23–25) If you do, you’ll never gain God’s blessing; A dokimos man or dokimos character is like metal which has been cleansed of all alloy and impurity. Armed with this understanding, our prayer changes from asking God "why" to thanking Him for what He is doing. Crowns also serve as a means of power and protection in the invocation of gods or demons in magic. Keeping our eyes on the prize can help motivate us to maintain spiritual integrity when faced with the temptations and sufferings of earthly life. Home >> Bible Studies >> James Studies >> James 5:1-12 These small group studies of James contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. Samuel Johnson - Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.          2. 27:29; Mk. Jesus doeth all things well. To be blessed, you had to be dead, a state many of us have felt like we would just as well experience because of the nature of our manifold troubles and afflictions at the time. New International Dictionary of NT Theology.          1. How is this possible? Commentary on Mark 8:27-38. There is no "gamble" involved in this promise. (Play hymn). (Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. Vol. 5. James wrote to help them. Note that it is one that we receive as a gift from a gracious God, not one that we earn by our works/merit. 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). Or as another has said Christians are a lot like tea bags. The proper attitude toward trials (James 1:2–4) The crown expresses reverence; Empedocles takes it as a mark of veneration when crowned. So, these Christians no longer had the day-to-day contact with theirleaders. Trials and wisdom. 1989. By this we know that we are in Him: 6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. b. Crowns evoke true dreams. The Army. All rights reserved). This process proves we are genuine ("approved"). By trial developed in every part of their nature. I may have cancer, but cancer doesn't have me—God alone has me. God promises a reward to fill the believer with a sure, steadfast hope.       C.      The correct attitude toward life by the tried (James 1:9–11) Reprinted by permission. Political Life. The KJV has "temptations" instead of "trials". to appear, have the appearance, (trans.) New International Dictionary of NT Theology. ", Donald Barnhouse - In the ancient world there was no banking system as we know it today, and no paper money. The English word "temptation" originally referred to trials, whether good or bad, but the evil sense has monopolized the word in modern English. To be blessed, you had to be a god. I said to the child, 'Do you expect to get all that coal in with that little shovel?' (Richards, L O: Expository Dictionary of Bible Words: Regency), Wuest (in comments on 2Pe 1:3-note) writes that zoe…. It has been referred to as The Achilles Heel of Christianity – the ...read more Scripture: James 1:1-12 It is used with a material subject, as when, for example, fear or terror seizes men. —Crosby When the Japanese invaded in 1940 she led 100 children on an epic journey that caught the imagination of Hollywood (Ed: Watch the movie about her life - The Inn of the Sixth Happiness or DVD). HE WILL RECEIVE THE CROWN OF LIFE WHICH THE LORD HAS PROMISED TO THOSE WHO LOVE HIM: lempsetai (3SFMI) ton stephanon tes zoes, on epeggeilato (3SAMI) tois agaposin (PAPMPD) auton: Will receive (2983) (lambano) means to take hold of, to grasp, to seize. 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). I pray, Lord, help me see. Every age of the world, and every condition of life, private or public, affords examples of this. 39:5), and a Christian's worst is happiness. The reactions to the Word (James 1:19–20) He began a paper called The Watchman which lived for ten numbers and then died. De Haan Perseverance must complete its working; The struggle is the way to glory, and the very struggle itself is a glory. Persevering is worth doing, because the crown of life is worth more than avoiding the trial. When by His grace I shall look on His face, 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. Wreaths are also placed on the bowls and vessels and on the walls of the rooms where the feasts are held. 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. 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. Makarios is a state of existence in relationship to God in which a person is “blessed” from God’s perspective even when he or she doesn’t feel happy or isn’t presently experiencing good fortune. It describes a state of being marked by fullness from God. But when tempted, never be accusing; 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. William Secker put it well when he said that "Though Christians be not kept altogether from falling, yet they are kept from falling altogether.". He gives freely without asking questions;          3. 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. Blest the man who perseveres in trial; In 1947 failing health forced her back to England where she crusaded for missions until her death in 1970. take a wife, collect taxes, accept a verdict, take a road, and figuratively take courage. The non-lying God makes a legally binding declaration of what He will give the person who loves endures trials and love him and therefore who has a right to expect the reception of this glorious beatitude, the crown of life. Come, my heart, dost thou love thy Lord? James is explaining the reason for the beatitude associated with perseverance. Jesus said to him, "Tend My sheep. Giving birth to sin, and sin to death. 20:2; Est. But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God” (1Pe 2:20-note). (Wuest, K. S. Wuest's Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: Eerdmans). Here by faith in Him to dwell! Commentary on James 3:1-12. (See note on 1Cor 9:25). When you are in the next trial, remember that it has a blessing if we persevere. Blessedness of peace and submission under God's hand. Don Robinson (Reasons for Trials) sums up this section…. The knowledge possessed (James 1:19a) 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. The demand for active obedience (James 1:22–25) Yet over time your perseverance will bring great victory, a crown of life as a reward you can enjoy today and for eternity. 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. No eye can see this till he has been anointed with heavenly eye salve. These Johannine passages clearly teach that love is an action based on a choice, which for a disciple is first and foremost manifest by the choice to obey the good and acceptable and perfect will of the Father and the Son. 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). 1:9; 4:9; 12:4; 14:24; 16:31; 17:6; Cant. Thus Tiberius wears a laurel wreath during thunderstorms. 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." After slogging her way across Siberia she reached her field in remote Yangcheng. James sets before us the grand reward that awaits those who persevere, loving God. Biblical Commentary (Bible Study) James 2:1-17 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: In chapter one, James dealt with the issue of temptation, saying that “the testing of your faith produces endurance” (1:3) and that the person who endures temptation “will receive the crown of life” (1:12). And their earthly course is run; Love (verb) (25) (agapao-see related study of noun agape) means to love unconditionally and sacrificially as God Himself loves sinful men (John 3:16), the way He loves the Son (John 3:35, 15:9, 17:23, 24). In other words, a persons must first be "proved" before being "approved". 2 You want something but don't get it. For you know the testing soon will pass. In the NT, zoe focuses on the theological meaning rather than on the biological. 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). 11 "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. James 1:12(HCSB) Verse Thoughts. She was quite confused at my question, but her answer was very striking, 'Yes, sir, if I work long enough.' Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him (James 1:12). That which is dokimos is shown to be trustworthy and genuine. The reason indicated (James 1:3) (Wuest's Word Studies from the Greek New Testament). The illustration from the flower (James 1:11a)          2. Talk about persevering! He said to him, "Shepherd My sheep." Promised (1861) (epaggello from epí = intensifies meaning + aggéllo = tell, declare) means to announce with certainty as to what one will do.              (1)      The necessary attitude (James 1:6a) Trials (3986) (peirasmos from peirazo = to make trial of, try, tempt, prove in either a good or bad sense) describes first the idea of putting to the test and then refers to the tests or pressures that come in order to discover a person’s nature or the quality of some thing. Wuest renders it "because after he has met the test and has been approved." When a Christian’s spouse is unfaithful and abandons the marriage, is Christ still worth obeying? Reprinted by permission. The crown was the sign of festive joy. God tests man’s faith to learn whether it is genuine and true. 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? James uses two analogies here to make the point that the tongue is small, but mighty: the bit and the rudder.       B. Paul often used athletic illustrations in his letters, and James does so here. Certainty is a most precious commodity.          3. Impatience is a mark of immaturity. It is God's persevering grace. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. The genitive "of life" is best taken as an appositional genitive, the crown which consists of eternal life in the full, final sense of the term. When it’s o’er and you have stood unmoving, Therefore, it is better to conclude the paragraph with Jas 1:12 or make a separate paragraph of it. It has been said of him: "He lost himself in visions of work to be done, that always remained to be done.”, Coleridge had every poetic gift but one—the gift of sustained and concentrated effort. He that has love to God finds joy in that love. You do not have, because you do not ask God. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. Crowned because honored of their fellows. (Tony Evans). Trials are unavoidable and unpredictable, and they come in an unimaginable variety. I think it is because love for Christ keeps us from loving the world. 1986. If you don't have any problems, come in and tell me how you avoid them." Weddings. For He chose a spirit birth to give you, Victor. Lord, let thy love nourish mine to the end. 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. 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). 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. (7) Triumphalis, which was of laurel, given to the chief general or consul who, after some signal victory, came home triumphing. The rejection vindicated (James 1:13b) Double-minded, you’ll succumb to doubt. By trial brought to purest health of mind. 12 "This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. It is an evil doctrine that says “Because I am a Christian, I will not ever have to suffer.” Afflictions cannot make us miserable, if it be not our own fault. The Cultus. 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."            a. Jn 21:15 So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love (agapao) Me more than these?" Christians through the generations of the church have borne testimony to this experience. 6:11, 14. She moved the crowd with an incredible performance in spite of the pain she was enduring, and the United States won gold. 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. The blessed ones were beings who lived in some other world away from the cares and problems and worries of ordinary people. The myrtle signifies love. 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. c. Symposia. Note the concentration of uses in the Revelation. On the other hand take the life of British author Samuel Coleridge, who was undisciplined and so did not persevere. James deals with temptation in James 1:12-19. The herald calls their names, and the names of their fathers and towns, and then hands over the wreaths. (b) The crown was the mark of royalty. By His grace, salvation is achieved. He who, being tested, is supported in the ordeal, and comes out of the trial approved, is the blessed man. Approved (1384) (dokimos from dokime = test, proof, trial = idea is that when you put metal through a fiery testing and it comes out on the other side enduring it "proven", "authentic" or "genuine" Click discussion of related word dokimazo and the antonym = adokimos) describes one who has stood the test. To promise is to make a declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified. 2:15; 5:16; Ezek. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Endurance is a critical Christian virtue. Various examples illustrate the use of the crown or wreath as a mark of joy or respect. Joyful Trials - The Bible tells us to respond to difficult circumstances in a way that is directly opposed to our natural tendency. Blessedness belongs to those who endure tests. In the final rites they offer their wreaths to the deity. And their crown of life is won. It assures a blessedness both here and hereafter. He is dokimos; he is like metal which is cleansed of all alloy. The IVP New Testament commentary Series. Oracles. (e) Some scholars have seen in this crown a reference to the halo or the nimbus which is round the head of divine beings in pictures. Blessedness of holy dependence under conscious weakness. God is not the mere reason for the universe, as the Greeks thought, but a Person with the characteristics and qualities of a divine Person. (James 1:2-3). James 1:12. 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). The repudiation of a divine source (James 1:13) The Roman emperor, his family, the priests, and state officials all wear crowns in processions. One of the most challenging of those commands is this: “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials” (James 1:2). 8.       A. Nature. Let us encounter trial cheerfully. (Blessed). Each book of the NT speaks of zoe.          2. —D. Ultimately, the supremely blessed man or woman is the one who finds their complete happiness in God. Because love for Jesus Christ is the necessary motivation to serve Him, especially when serving Him causes hardship and persecution. You don’t know what’s inside of them until you drop them in hot water. (c) The heathen world was in the habit of wearing crowns, chaplets of flowers, at banquets. But the good that I have received from my sorrows, and pains, and griefs, is altogether incalculable. He said, "The testing of your faith produces patience. 22:18, 21; 28:1, 3, 5; 62:3; Jer. He therefore calls us to face the issue of worth. Memphis, TN. He also said "'A poor woman had a supply of coal laid at her door by a charitable neighbor. Don't misunderstand. 1986, Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, Stulac, G. M. James. 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