James 4:1.The crimes condemned in this and the following chapter were so atrocious, and of so public a nature, that we can hardly suppose them to have been committed by any who bore the name of Christians. Or it may be that James 4:5 speaks in two independent sentences, and that the words of Scripture quoted refer to what was said in James 4:4. Continuing to emphasize his point that it's wrong to show favoritism and to pursue the pleasures of this world, James speaks of the ultimate worthlessness of wealth. (James 4:6-7) "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up." 3. A faithful believer will desire to follow hard after God in service, obedience, and prayer. He said, “Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you” (4:7). i. James chapter 3 ended with a comparison of earthly and heavenly wisdom. James begins this verse by questioning those addressed of the source of their fighting. “Kill”, here meaning murder, is the ultimate result of thwarted desires. (Hiebert) i. James 4:17 is also some type of closing summary, but its exact relevance to the context is uncertain. Chapter 4 tells us what gets in the way in our relationship with God—and we know from our own experiences how these things also affect our relationships with other people. (James 4:10) References. Read James 4:1-17. James 4. (James 4:4) "But he gives us more grace. 3. Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James advises to submit to God and resist the devil and his schemes. "More probably is the view that James was not citing a particular passage but summarizing the truth expressed in several Old Testament passages." James had in mind actual murder and the gamut of sins (hate, anger, bitterness), leading up to it. James 4:2 "Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not." (James 4:17) Summary of James 5. And to break God's commands, is to speak evil of them, and to judge them, as if they laid too great a restraint upon us. BAGD 496. James 4:11-12 seems to form some type of closing summary about the improper use of the tongue. James continues to give direct advice for Christians. Chapter 4 begins by addressing this worldly wisdom’s affect on the brethren James is addressing. The topic is introduced in James 1:19 but is developed in James 3:1ff. Christians are brethren. • In Chapters 4-5, James gives wise instruction to believers. Or, it may be that James 4:5 speaks in two independent sentences, and that the words of Scripture quoted refer to what was said in James 4:4. We are reminded to humble ourselves before God so that He can exalt us. BAGD 685. In the last chapter James stresses the weight and magnitude of prayer for every believer. BAGD 770. There is fighting among them, which is a direct result of worldly wisdom (James 3:15-16). The sermonic nature of this epistle is quite pronounced in this chapter, as in the third. Commentary on James 4:11-17 (Read James 4:11-17) Our lips must be governed by the law of kindness, as well as truth and justice. James 4 - Submitting To God. Verse 1. The Sin of Partiality. 2 My brothers, 1 w show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, x the Lord of glory. “More probably is the view that James was not citing a particular passage but summarizing the truth expressed in several Old Testament passages.” (Hiebert) ii. James 4 describes the war that rages between friendship with the world and life in God. That is why Scripture says: 'God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.' Had in mind actual murder and the gamut of sins ( hate, anger, ). Up. world and life in God ( 4:7 ) war that rages between friendship with the and. That is why Scripture says: 'God opposes the proud but gives grace the. 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