Revelation 7:17, E. V.) to you. It provides strength against temptation. In calling them sinners he meaneth not them which are subject by natural infirmity to the committing of sin, as all men are so long as they rest and remain upon the face of the earth, but hereby he noteth their heinous and horrible iniquities. Cleanse your hands; reform your actions, amend your lives. 4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: [and] again I say, Rejoice. You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. From dis and psuche; two-spirited, i.e. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". All such boasting is evil. It know its own worthlessness, but it knows also the Lord’s grace. Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? (J. G. purify … hearts — literally “make chaste” of your spiritual adultery (James 4:4, that is, worldliness) “your hearts”: the inward source of all impurity. Draw nigh to God; by faith, which is a coming to God, Hebrews 7:25; by true repentance, which is a returning to God, Hosea 14:1 Malachi 3:7; and by fervent prayer to him for the help of his grace, Psalms 25:1. III. Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial. Jam) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools. All your content will be saved and you can seamlessly switch devices. (F. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Worshipping with a pious heart is evidently the manner of drawing nigh to God, which the apostle had in mind when he penned the text. Sin is so every day that most people don"t realize what sin is. 6:5 "Then said I, Woe [is] me! THE IMPORTANCE of obeying this injunction to our final happiness and security. "fish bread" will search for verses that contains "fish bread" in minimum 1 bible version: at least one: search for verses that contains any of the search words. 2. 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. 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. True conversion, real change, is a real possibility. 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. III. "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. Laughter and joy are now characteristic of them. We must remove sin from our hands and duplicity from our hearts. An allusion to covenant unfaithfulness; see Hosea 3:1. don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? This must be understood consistently with the perfection of God's immensity and omnipresence: the saints draw nigh to God when they present their bodies in his sanctuary; when they tread in his courts, and attend his ordinances; where they always find it good for them to draw nigh unto him; and blessed is the man that approaches to him in faith and fear: they draw nigh to him when they come to the throne of his grace, for grace and mercy to help them; when they draw near to him in prayer with true hearts, and lift them up with their hands to God; when in the exercise of faith and hope they enter within the vail, and come up even to his seat; and lay hold on him as their covenant God and Father; and he draws nigh to them by granting them his gracious presence, by communicating his love to them, by applying the blessings of his grace, by helping them in times of need and distress, and by protecting them from their enemies; the contrary to which is expressed by standing afar off from them. In coming to Him, we come to our Redeemer. It is man’s finality in the kingdom of God as contrasted with his finality in the kingdom of Satan. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. Ye double minded; either by the former he understands the profane, and by these, hypocrites, or the same by both, viz. 1905. The sinner must draw nigh unto God by the way of His own appointment, and that way is Christ. "Commentary on James 4:8". You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The sinner must not think of getting quit of his sins to prepare him for going to God by Jesus; but he must first go to Jesus to prepare for laying aside his sins. 7, καθάρισον τὴν καρδίαν σου ἀπὸ τῆς διψυχίας.— δίψυχοι: Cf. "Commentary on James 4:8". BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. Similar expressions in 2 Chronicles 15:2; Isaiah 57:15; Zechariah 1:3. Merrill.). Cleanse your hands] For there is no coming near God, Joshua 24:19. Compare Deuteronomy 21:6; Psalm 26:6. And can we have been often with the holy God, and not be holy? Cleanse your hands specifies what is to be done, and ye sinners designates to whom the demand applies. To which short precept is set down a like promise: draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Hosea 10:2, and in addition to the passages referred to above, James 1:8, cf. Go to. "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". 1. 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).— καθαρίσατε χεῖρας: Cf. Quit playing the field. Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.