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.
1. “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation…”
a. endureth [5278* hypomeno; hupo-under; meno-to remain][Zodhiates: to remain under, to persevere, endure, to bear up under, persecutions, adversities, refers to one’s response toward circumstances.] [Thayer: to remain, to tarry behind, to remain i.e. abide, not recede or flee, to preserve: under misfortunes and trials to hold fast to one's faith in Christ, to endure, bear bravely and calmly: ill treatments.]
1). One of the compounds used in this word, ‘meno’, is used in John 15:4, translated “abide”, referring to our relationship with Jesus.
a). John 15:4-7 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
2). Clearly the use of this compound Greek word means to remain or abide in Christ and not give in to the temptation.
2. “…for when he is tried…”
a. is tried[is made up of two Greek words]
1). ginomai  [Thayer: to become, i.e. to come to pass, happen]
2). dokimos  [Thayer: accepted, pleasing, acceptable.]
3). The phrase “is tried” literally means “to become pleasing or acceptable”. We become pleasing when we are obedient.
3. “…he shall receive the crown of life...”
a. crown [4736 * stephanos] [Thayer: a crown, a mark of royal or (in general) exalted rank, the wreath or garland which was given as a prize to victors in public games,]
1). The above is one of the crowns of reward mentioned in the New Testament.
a). Incorruptible Crown: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.
b). Crown of Rejoicing: 1 Thessalonians 2:19.
c). Crown of Righteousness: 2 Timothy 4:8.
d). Crown of Life: James 1:12; Revelation 2:10.
e). Crown of Glory: 1 Peter 5:1-4.
4. “…which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”
a. The Scriptural parameters for loving God are clearly laid out in the following passages, the primary one being the First Commandment where it is clearly declared that those who keep God’s Commandments love him and those who do not keep God’s Commandments hate Him.
1). Exodus 20:4-6 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
b. Jesus echoed those same sentiments in the gospels.
1). John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
2). John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
c. The sum of all this is clear, those who endure temptation, patiently and successfully
resist the temptations become pleasing to God and will because of their faithfulness receive a Crown of Life. Hallelujah!