5:17). Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Or who shall stand in His Holy Place? and noun hamartolos, that thing or person that fails; in Aristoph. This is why Paul directed believers to put off the practices of the old man (Eph. Christians are sinners who are forgiven. Jas 1:26; Jas 3:14). (2) It implies a person who is distracted and divided in his thoughts, floating between two different opinions, as if he had two minds or two souls. Romans: Tyndale House Publishers). Hold me in Thy faith and fear; We must remember that Jesus Cried out, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven in at hand.” (Matthew 4:17) Just as our Lord God cannot be in the presence of sin, nor can one dirty in sin come to the throne of God in worship, but only through the cleansing found in Jesus, how can we expect the Spirit of God to dwell in us and be in control of our lives, if we still have decided to live in sin and have sin in our lives? It means a readiness to "break" and confess at the feet of Him who was broken for us, for the Blood does not cleanse excuses, but always cleanses sin, confessed as sin: then revival is just the daily experience of a soul full of Jesus and running over. ASV: Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. God is nigh to forgive, to bless, to comfort, to help, to quicken, to deliver. But none of the momentary centres of action can ever annul or counteract those which lie deeper. And this can only be done through humble confession of our wrong-doing. What helper, then, sinner, shall lend thee his aid? We may wash the outside of the cup and the platter as long as we please; but if the inward parts be filthy, we are filthy altogether in the sight of God, for our hearts are more truly ourselves than our hands are. The apostles were not grounding their hope for a new behavior simply on a new position or status, but on a new nature which can produce new actions. That he separates himself from evil ways and evil companions, and devotes himself to God.2. [There are] certain things no one can do for you. James 5:8 You too be patient (aorist imperative = command for decisive action); strengthen (firmly fix, be resolute, even in face of trials and persecution!) Most expositors hold prayer to be the most prominent element in our drawing near to God. There is only one view more welcome than the backside of the Devil—and that is the face of God.            a. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us. All the fitness He requireth Delay not, delay not, O sinner, to come, Jesus said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” (Jn 6:44). Though the erring one is described as one “among you,” the resultant outcome of saving the soul of the turned “sinner” from “death,” which is most likely spiritual death, suggests that the person was not a Christian. The promise of continual cleansing of sin as they walk in the light (1 John 1:7) as well as the present tense used for the confession of sins (1:9) suggest that sin is continually present with believers. it occurs as a barbarism used with a deprecatory and ironic ring. by Robert L. Saucy, The question of the true identity of the Christian has been the topic of discussion for some time. Relationship requires two people, and it can be trusted that God will always keep his part in the relationship. Chicago: Moody Press, Barton, B. If, while we seek an external reformation, we still give indulgence to the secret corruptions of the heart, it is clear that we can have no true religion.Ye double-minded - See the notes at James 1:8. 4:8 Then draw nigh to God in prayer, and he will draw nigh unto you, will hear you; which that nothing may hinder, cleanse your hands - Cease from doing evil. His remarks went to show that, whether in a form of prayer or in extemporaneous supplication, that alone is true prayer in which the soul seeks to draw near to God. Sin and righteousness, however, do not characterize the real person of the believer in the same way. the adj. 14:36, temple) to ritual purity. Like the returning prodigal (Lk 15:20), they will find God waiting to welcome and restore them. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 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. We may lose our hands and yet live, but we could not lose our heart and still live; the very life of our being lies in the inner nature, and hence the imperative need of purity within. Copyright © 2019, GodTube.com. Know that our Lord is faultless in His faithfulness. it mixes no matter how hard we try not to have it mix. Delay not, delay not, why longer abuse