Main point summary
God blesses those who stay faithful through trials
u Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial,
for when he has stood the test
he will receive v the crown of life,
w which God has promised to those who love him.
Let no one say when he is tempted,
“I am being tempted by God,”
for God cannot be tempted with evil,
and he himself tempts no one.
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
Then desire x when it has conceived
gives birth to sin,
and y sin when it is fully grown
brings forth death.
God's promise to receive the crown of life is to remain steadfast. What does it mean to be steadfast? Greek: ἑδραῖος hedriaos ---> means sitting, seated, firm 1 Corinthians 15:58 58 b Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast , immovable, always abounding in c the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord d your labor is not in vain. God wants us stay firm in our faith and hope in Him especially in times of trials. What is the crown of life? The term 'Crown of life' only occured in two verses in the entire bible, james and revelation. Both seems to be talking about the idea of a kind of reward for those who persists through trials. I would think that the crown of life does not tie in directly with eternal life, but an add on reward. Revelation 2:10 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, w that you may be tested, and for x ten days y you will have tribulation. z Be faithful a unto death, and I will give you b the crown of life . God promises the crown of life to those who love Him If you love God, you will remain steadfast under trial. It is a subset/result of your love to God. We can all use this as a conviction for ourselves to persevere through trials, because we love Him. GOD DOES NOT TEMPT! Never ever believe that God tempts. Temptation is this context is associated with evil. Temptation CANNOT come from God because of His nature. V13 says God cannot be tempted by evil nor does He tempt anyone. In God there is no existence of evil. So it is basically impossible for temptation to come from Him. However God can allow us to be tempted, tested and trialled. His purpose in this is to allow us to build character through our response. 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up against it πειράζω pi-rad-zo = greek word for tempted, which also means tested, used in other context in the bible referring to trials and testings. (Matt 22:18, rev 3:10, rev 2:10,) God does not tempt but He can allow us to be tempted, trialled and tested. But the hope is that He will not allows trails temptations and tests to be beyond what we can bear. That is our hope that everything we face, we CAN overcome it because of 1 Cor 10:13 Stages of sin Stage 1: Temptation comes WHEN we are lured and enticed by our fleshly desires. The term 'when' suggests that we will be tempted by our flesh. It is not an 'if ' but 'when'. Point here is all men will be tempted and will face fleshy desires. (Not sinning) Stage 2 :V15 Then desire when it has conceived..... The word conceived is συλλαμβάνω sool lam ban o which means apprehend, seize, become pregnant. I believe the word conceive focuses on the inner thoughts and feelings, not the outward action of sin. So yes we can already be sinning inwardly w hen we allow the desires of the flesh to consume our thoughts and 'control' us . This also implies to the outward action of sin too. So it can be both inward and outward. Stage 3: Sin that is fully grown ... hmmm i am not too sure about this part of what does it mean to be fully grown... But i would think in a macroscopic kind of view , where a person allows sin to reign over his/her life, and loses all sense of repentance. Which will mean sin has taken over the place of God, and hence brings forth death. Conclusion DON'T GIVE UP! Stay strong in your faith in God despite difficult times. Look towards the reward that God has promised. The riches and rewards of God surely outweighs the sufferings here on earth. Even if we were called to purely suffer 80+ years of our lives on earth in exchange for an eternal period of joy, I am sure we will all choose eternity. The struggle is we often forget the reality of the beauty of eternal life, and hence we fall short in our faith. DON'T GIVE IN! Remain holy and righteous. Fight your flesh through prayer, fasting and constant meditation on His word. Commune with Jesus daily. The way to overcome sin is not solely resisting it, but to focus building your relationship with Christ. As you pursue Him, He will tune your desires and increase your appetite for Him, till you will rather choose Christ than sin. It's like offering a packet of instant noodle and a widespread international buffet to someone. NO ONE WILL CHOOSE THE INSTANT NOODLE. *THIS IS IN ESV* YAY THE END