But under the new dispensation, the holy of holies is wherever God’s omnipresence is, and the penitent heart is its own priest, able to offer an acceptable incense. ◄ James 4:8 ► Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Barnabas xix. God can be approached by imperfect people, and God draws near to sinners who willing to humble themselves. He here addresses all those who were alienated from God and he does not refer to two sorts of men, but he calls the same sinners and double-minded Nor does he understand every kind of sinners, but the wicked and those of a corrupt life. You lust and desire to have things you think are best for you, but the result is war and fighting. vi. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Change your laughter to … Look at the hope found in this verse! James does not sugar coat the wrong, nor does he pull any punches on the way in which the problems must be corrected. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Some of these Jews were “Zealots.” See note on Mark 15:7. 6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, [which] he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7 And he laid [it] upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Sin is serious business, a fact that many believers have not come in contact with. No person is accused nor even specifically admonished except the guilty ones. Like the father of the prodigal son (Luke 15), He beholds us while we are “yet a great way off,” and runs, as it were, to hasten our return. 1, 2 which runs, “And now, fear the Lord, my children, and beware of Satan and his spirits. and purify your hearts. See on this subject the Preface to the third volume of Calvin’s Commentaries on Jeremiah. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners. Instead we will be inspired to the exercise of wisdom in humility — in making the fine choices that are “born of wisdom” (James 3:13) and which lead to the kind of “harvest of righteousness” (James 3:18) seen in peaceful human relationships. ‘Purify your hearts.’ This emphasises the need for them to be cleansed within, in the inner man, which is responsible for men’s thoughts (Mark 7:21-23). James isn"t admonishing non-Christians, but rather Christians to draw near to God. But what some cavil at, and say, that God’s grace is secondary to our preparation, and as it were the waiting-maid, is only frivolous; for we know that it is no new thing that he adds now to former graces and thus enriches more and more those to whom he has already given much. He has “no pleasure in the death of him that dieth” (Ezekiel 18:32). We hence learn what is the true character of repentance. "purify your hearts"-Without the purification of the heart, cleaning up the outward actions is vain. I recently read several pages of posts from all over the country relating to why Christians are so much like the world. But if any one concludes from this passage, that the first part of the work belongs to us, and that afterwards the grace of God follows, the Apostle meant no such thing; for though we ought to do this, yet it does [not] immediately follow that we can. The Hebrew phrase is a technical term for approaching God for the purpose of worship, e.g., Exodus 19:22; Jeremiah 30:21; Ezekiel 44:13. Commentary on James 3:13—4:3, 7-8a View Bible Text . God wants to draw near to us! James 4:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] James 4:9, NIV: "Grieve, mourn and wail.Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom." In vain does the wild guerilla imagine that his sanguinary deeds are done in the divine behalf and winning the divine favour. and he will draw nigh to you. We couldn"t possibly want to love God as much as he loves us" (Draper p. 125). .—God waiteth to be gracious (Isaiah 30:18). What a thought! Be impressed that one can be a professed Christian and yet be far from God. Johnson says: “If we wish God very near to us we must seek to dwell very near to him.” Wash your hands. See Acts 21:24. "you double-minded"-"divided in interest" (Thayer p. 153). The main thing is first stated, to draw nigh to God: and then the things which are previously necessary, to cleanse their hands and to purify their hearts — an allusion probably to the practice among the priests of the law, of washing themselves before they engaged in the service of the temple. for I am undone; because I [am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. "It is noteworthy that the more common "brethren" by which James usually addressed his readers, gives way to this sharp term of reproach in this instance. "you sinners"-The Christian who is a friend of the world is a sinner. ... (James 4:8; see also James 1:5-8). Sin is so every day that most people don"t realize what sin is. Don’t allow pride to make you think you are above the law and beyond God’s reach. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. In Titus 2:12, Paul writes of the grace of God training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, that is, to deny what the self desires.Self-denial requires genuine humility in submission, or it is merely a counterfeit. We should be the light of the world, light to show forth the desperate plight of the world. “Worship God with your life, with a deep sense of his holiness and justice, deal with others as he deals with you, and he will bless and assist you in your efforts to serve him! Someone wavering between two opinions. They were thus to make them clean by doing good and eschewing evil (Isaiah 1:16-17). ... Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary. They see the value of Christianity, but they still want to flirt with sin. To purify means to remove all mixture of evil desires, and the heart can be thus purified only "by [the] faith" Acts 15:9. 8Draw nigh to God. Mar 2, 2020. "Draw near to God"-"come near, approach" (Thayer p. 164). by Grant Richison | Nov 29, 2000 | James | 15 comments, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Draw near unto God and to the angel that intercedeth for you, for he is a mediator between God and man” (the latter part here is not a Christian interpolation).— : Cf.Psalms 24:4, ’; in Is. Alternately it might be saying, ‘do not just wash your hands, make sure that you wash your hearts as well’, but that weakens the statement and does not really fit in with the pattern which is of continual positive action in response to God’s commands. Note, James has a tremendous amount of love for these brethren, but there at times when love must speak plainly. James 4:8. iv. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Feb 19, 2020. Cleanse your hands - the outward instruments of action. on StudyLight.org They are tied up in it so closely that they don"t recognize error when they commit it. James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. 3. Used here, 1 Peter 1:22. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Contributed by Rodney Johnson on Oct 24, 2020. 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? The friend of the world can be simply a person who has compromised, someone wavering between God and the world. "Sorry bud, didn"t mean nuttin by it bro! And notice that we have the obligation to clean up our own hearts, for in the end, I"m the only one who can really change my attitudes and motives (2 Corinthians 7:1; Romans 12:1). Authorship (Witham), "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse’ hands’ sinners—The sinner is the actual transgressor; his hands are stained with blood or other blot of sin; he must cleanse by reformation that he may spread clean hands in prayer to God. Clean yourselves up, purify yourselves, mourn your condition, weep before God, stop the stupid laughing about your condition, stop being happy in your sin - get on your spiritual knees so that God can lift you up to the place He wants for you, rather than the place you want for yourself. 7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. "Let your laughter" is in the passive, thus the turning is a result of the mourning and weeping - the turning to God seems to bring some automatic changes. The scriptural commentary presented here is based on books of scripture recognized by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, so you'll see scriptures from several books like the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, etc. So, these Christians no longer had the day-to-day contact with theirleaders. It is a most excellent, yea, an essential means of nourishing the new nature, and of causing the soul to. They are to cleanse their hands by letting go of all that has defiled them and walking in the will of the Father (compare Isaiah 1:16; Psalms 26:6), and purify their hearts by fixing them firmly on God (see 1 John 3:3) and obeying the truth (1 Peter 1:22), no longer being doubleminded. I was recently reminded of Isaiah six where Isaiah seems to be drawn up short by the impressiveness of God. But we are required to speak the truth lovingly (Ephesians 4:15). We have already been told how to draw near to God, that is by humbling ourselves, and placing our selves completely under His authority. in prayer to God. In short, James meant no other thing in this passage, than that God is never wanting to us, except when we alienate ourselves from him. It is said by the same and the other evangelists, “He drinketh and eateth with sinners.” He, therefore, does not smite all indiscriminately to that sort of repentance mentioned here, but those who are wicked and corrupt in heart, and whose life is base and flagitious or at least wicked; it is from these he requires a purity of heart and outward cleanliness. Increased study and prayer will be to no avail if we continue to trust in ourselves. 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? KJV: King James Version . for I am undone; because I [am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. None but the clean-handed can ascend into the hill of the Lord (justified through Christ, who alone, being perfectly so, 'ascended' there) (Psalms 24:3-4). This isn"t the normal feel good, get fuzzy type teaching that we hear today. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. James 4:8 Context 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? The person who loves God, but not completely, they have some trust in God, but not fully, they don"t like some things in the world, but they don"t abhor every evil in the world. The regular order would be, Purify your hearts, cleanse your hands, draw nigh to God, and be subject to him. That he separates himself from evil ways and evil companions, and devotes himself to God. The concept of self-denial is at the heart of Paul's teaching on submission to God: We have died with Christ and must sacrifice our lives for Him. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don’t let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. It is not only an outward amendment of life, but its beginning is the cleansing of the heart. 2:22; 1Пет. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded. . Certainly "love" requires us to speak truth, even when it is difficult to do so. We clean them by confession and repentance. Scripture: James 4:8. The Book of James – A Detailed Commentary Basic Training Bible Ministries Page 2 Introduction to James Background of the Book The Epistle of James is one of the general epistles, including 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2 and 3 John, and Jude. The heart can be purified, the mind can be changed, and attitudes can shift! Draw nigh to God—So "cleave unto Him," De 30:20, namely, by prayerfully (Jas 4:2, 3) "resisting Satan," who would oppose our access to God. It is said in John 9:3. in the same sense a woman is called a sinner by Luke. James wrote to help them. for I am undone; because I [am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. But as God stands on our side, there is no reason to fear succumbing. James 4:8 (Devotion) "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. ν ἐν ἀθῴοις τὰς χεῖράς μοÏ, καθάρισον τὴν καρδίαν σου ἀπὸ τῆς διψυχίας, Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Version. Wash, put on perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes. The Lord has made full provision for the spiritual welfare of the human creature, hence it is necessary for man to make the next move. of the Twelve Patriarchs, Dan. But the *apostles and leaders of the church did notgo. James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Draw nigh to God; in prayer for all needed wisdom and strength to resist temptation and to persevere, whatever be the consequences, in doing right. “You must get rid of those evil desires and bad motives which make you act in such contradictory ways!” See James 3:9-12. Draw nigh to God - so "cleave unto Him" (Deuteronomy 30:20): namely, by prayerfully (James 4:2-3) 'resisting Satan,' who opposes our access to God. Draw nigh to God: not to be limited to prayer, but to be understood of our intercourse with God generally. Verse 8 continues ten commands to believers. he will draw nigh—propitious. The epithets ‘sinners’ and ‘double-minded’ refer not to different, but to the same class of persons. Cancel. The priests before they ministered at the altar, and the people before they prayed, always washed their hands, thus intimating the purity with which we ought to approach God. We hold to both commands simultaneously. Double-minded - divided between God and the world: at fault in heart; the sinner in his hands likewise. Change Language {{#items}} {{local_title}} Double-minded is explained at James 1:8. “Before you can worship God, you must make yourself pure from crimes of violence and unholy methods, which you have been using.” Cleanse your hearts. He will draw nigh to you; to sustain, comfort, and provide for you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 5, , , and the identical words in Did. Cleanse your hands-purify your hearts; be outwardly and inwardly pure. James 4:8 Parallel. (James 3:18). It is also necessary on the other hand that the fruits of inward repentance should appear in the brightness of our works. . ", —the two sides of the great battle for possession of the human soul. Bible scholars conclude that James might have coined this word. Surely, the penitent as well; the murderous hands “which all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten,” the hearts polluted with the most abominable lusts, may and must be cleansed; sinners and double-minded (refer to James 1:8) though they be, and both in one, the Lord of mercy will “draw nigh” to them, if they to Him: all their “transgressions shall not be mentioned,” they “shall live and not die” (Ezekiel 18:21-22). Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. These things thus set down, in the last place we are taught how we should draw near to God, which the apostle expresseth in these words: Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. 6:5 "Then said I, Woe [is] me! Knowing that when we draw near to God, God is drawing near to us, and God wants and earnestly desires our love and dedication. James 4:8 NIV • James 4:8 NLT • James 4:8 ESV • James 4:8 NASB • James 4:8 KJV • James 4:8 Interlinear • James 4:8 Commentaries • James 4:8 Parallel Texts • James 4:8 Bible Apps • James 4:8 Parallel • Bible Hub 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness. The hands are specially mentioned as being the instruments of wickedness. The beauty of the Bible is found in its simplicity. In vain does the wild guerilla imagine that his sanguinary deeds are done in the divine behalf and winning the divine favour. The order in the following verse, the eighth, is worthy of notice, as an example of what is very common in Scripture. God wants a close relationship with us! To draw near to God we must go through a purification process reminiscent of what the priests in Israel underwent. Single-mindedness involves singleness of purpose, namely, living for the glory of God rather than for both God"s glory and our own selfish desires (cf. 3. ", "Then said I, Woe [is] me! When we have been in the realm of the Devil awhile, and we turn toward God it brings us to the shocking realization of whom and what God is and how far from Him we have wondered. It is first of all by being cleansed. Double-minded; those who are drawn different ways by conscience and passion, and are halting between two opinions. What is required now is genuineness of action and heart. James 4:8-10 New International Version (NIV) 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Some of these Jews were “Zealots.” See note on, “Before you can worship God, you must make yourself pure from crimes of violence and unholy methods, which you have been using.” Cleanse your, “You must get rid of those evil desires and bad motives which make you act in such contradictory ways!” See, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture, Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament, Stanley Derickson - Notes on Selected Books. Bible Verses, Quotes, Christian Answers, Songs and More. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. Commentary. Read James 4:8 commentary using Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. It’s interesting that this word appears only in the book of James (James 1:8; 4:8). Mayor quotes in connection with this verse, Hermas, Mand., ix. Even the desire to be a friend (wants to be a friend) of the world makes that one an enemy of God. James 1:16 we have, , , and in Sirach 38:10, , . ‘Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you doubleminded.’. says: “If we wish God very near to us we must seek to dwell very near to him.” Wash your hands. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. James 4:8. , : here, again, we have what to Christian ears sounds rather like a reversal of the order of things; we should expect the order to be that expressed in such words as, “Ye did not choose me, but I chose you” (John 15:16). Guess James is just not interested in fitting into the run of the mill church social club. Purify your hearts, [ hagnisate (Greek #48)] - make chaste of spiritual adultery (James 4:4; James 1:1-27 :e., worldliness) your hearts, the inward source of all impurity. 8. If there is sin in your church there ought to be some of this humbling and purifying, and seriousness rather than the usual, "Sorry bud, didn"t mean nuttin by it bro!" He wrote to encourage them to live asChristians should, i… They were to wash their hands as though they had been stained with blood, as the crime of murder had been imputed to them in James 4:2 : and they were to purify their hearts from the covetings and ambitious desires which they had entertained. In James 4 there is a logical progression throughout the chapter, while still allowing some verses to cover individual topics. 6 But he giveth more grace. James 4:8 KJV. 6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, [which] he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7 And he laid [it] upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. John Piper Mar 1, 2013 36 Shares Article. Greek. Cleanse your hands specifies what is to be done, and ye sinners designates to whom the demand applies. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. The Sin of Partiality. Then said I, Here [am] I send me.". What Christians Want To Know. 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? This verse also indicates a voluntary action on the part of man. 10 Humble … Read Introduction to James “whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. The time for ceremonies is past. Draw nigh to God - Approach Him, in the name of Jesus, by faith and prayer, and he will draw nigh to you - he will meet you at your coming. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. And now the way by which they can submit to God and draw near to him is explained. Bible Language English. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 1:5; 2Тим. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 18:31; 36:25, 26; 1Тим. Clarke's Commentary on the Bible. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. We must remove sin from our hands and duplicity from our hearts. To grasp the full meaning of this word, it is best to understand how it is used within its context. The drawing nigh to God was ritually symbolized by the approach of the people, and especially the priests, to Jehovah in the holy of holies. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. This was doubtless done to impress them with the seriousness of the situation, and to shock them into action to remedy it" (Woods p. 230). True conversion, real change, is a real possibility. James 4:8 "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). The person who can"t seem to make up their mind. James 4:8 - Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you -, 4. Four Seasons Of Life Part 2 Series. Hearts—Imply a deeper change, that the doubleminded, no longer serving the world, may have a single heart for God. While resisting Satan on the one hand, we must also draw near to God on the other. Used of Levitical purifying four times. There is not much difference in the two words here rendered ‘cleansing’ and ‘purifying:’ the former is freedom from stain or blemish, the latter is consecrated or set apart. Lets reread those two passages and contemplate them in the coming days - some serious implications for believers today in our world. ", "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. James 4:8. Purify your heart from the love of creatures, so that your affections be not divided betwixt God and this world, like persons of two minds (3) or two souls. There were few real answers, mostly blaming it on the ultra conservative people that are legalistic in their manner, which in turn puts people off. (133). He will draw nigh - propitious. A bad attitude, a selfish disposition isn"t set in stone---we can change if we want to. I would like to repeat the previous verse with the next two. hagnizo. James 4:8, ESV: "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." Few Are the Plans of Many The Wisdom in Scheduling Well. It has crossed my mind more than once in this study that there must have been some real problems among the recipients of this letter. In … Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. There is this difference, that our steps must be guided and sustained by the Lord, for our feet fail us. "A man who cleanses the outside and leaves the inside impure is a double-minded man" (Draper p. 126). "Hands is an appropriate metaphor for outward activity, just as hearts in the next clause…refers to inward thoughts and attitudes" (Kent p. 150). For what is your life? 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