This is the arrangement established by the Author of salvation. If you feel and cherish that humbleness of mind which just conceptions of your guilty and depraved and wretched condition are calculated to generate; and if in the midst of this self-reproach you are ready to throw your fortunes unreservedly upon the merits of that dispensation which Divine grace offers to you as your all-sufficient refuge, then there is no insuperable barrier between you and the salvation which you need. The connection is just as necessary, but it is of a different kind. And it makes me feel humble, and leads me to be careful; humble, because I must be so small, so weak, and so wicked in God's sight; careful, for surely I shall want God to see only that which will please Him as He shall look me through and through.(J. )Communion with GodAlex. James 4:8 Context 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? It must be the only true and permanent exaltation. But we must not neglect to remind you of that affecting display of the evil of sin, and of the degradation of the sinner, as these appear in the sight of the Lord which has been made in the Cross of Christ. 3. Beecher. This is the arrangement established by the Author of salvation. The sinner must draw nigh unto God by the way of His own appointment, and that way is Christ.2. (7) Of none of all these the apostle here seemeth to speak properly, but of another drawing near, which is by purity and sincereness of life, whereof chiefly in this place he speaketh, which be commendeth unto us in these words, "Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purge your hearts, you double-minded," which I take not for a new precept, but with and others as the manner of performing that which is now enjoined.Let us then consider the place —1. When the world repenteth of their joy, you will never repent of your sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:10). The saddest duties are sweeter than the greatest triumphs, and the worst and most afflicted part of godliness is better than all the joys and comforts of the world. To use a very rude metaphor, just as a man cannot go up another hill till he has gone down the one on which he happens to be, so a soul cannot be exalted in God until it has thoroughly come down from self. Consider the extent — the strictness — the spirituality of that law to which you are subject. Trapp. James 4:8. By no means; but the reverse. The greatness of the benefit to be secured. Mouton.1. That the second person loved the first? Jeary. And what is that exaltation which God accomplishes for the soul? Turnbull. The words bearing this signification, the matter followeth, that men in purity and sincerity of their lives draw near unto God, which consisteth in two things. 10), giving you always "more grace" in this life, and a rich reversion of glory in the life to come. The essential excellence of what is done by a moral agent, consists in its recognition of the existence, and in its submission to the will of Him who ruleth over all. (2) Men also draw near to God by faith in Jesus Christ, whereby they have entrance unto Him (Romans 5:1). Surely not. (4) God draweth near to men by pouring out His temporal benefits upon them, health, wealth, honour, and sending them deliverance out of their trouble (Deuteronomy 4:7; Philippians 4:5; Psalm 69:18; Psalm 119:151; Psalm 34:18; Psalm 46:1). An excellent way to moderate the excess of joy is to mix it with some weeping. Trapp.Turn all the streams into one channel, that may drive the will, that may grind the heart. W. Beecher.Our humiliations work out our most elevated joys. For a … Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (3) Men draw near to God also by prayer, whereby we ascend, as it were, to heaven, and approach near to the presence of God. Beecher. We can speak of blessings that are to follow in its train, and that are sufficient to compensate you a thousand-fold for all the distress which may have been inflicted upon your feelings by our delineations of the abject state to which you are reduced as transgressors. )Mourning for sinJ. If you feel and cherish that humbleness of mind which just conceptions of your guilty and depraved and wretched condition are calculated to generate; and if in the midst of this self-reproach you are ready to throw your fortunes unreservedly upon the merits of that dispensation which Divine grace offers to you as your all-sufficient refuge, then there is no insuperable barrier between you and the salvation which you need. He is ever nigh, but He makes Himself known in a gracious manner only to those who seek Him. And one of the most common refuges in which the natural pride of man fortifies itself, is the self-righteous plea of what is called innocence and amiableness of character. To which short precept is set down a like promise: draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. But, this exceptional case aside, no man is to humble himself before his fellow-man.2. The Greek word, πενθήσατε, imports a funeral grief.(J. If we are truly and devoutly desirous of drawing nigh to God, one of our earliest considerations will naturally be, how unfit we are to come to Him. Communion begets resemblance. )Mourning for sinJ. I could get into no part of the room without the eye seeing me; and the last thing that I saw as I went out was that eye looking at me. Jeary. Worship is coming into His presence, and waiting upon Him — is listening to His voice.Approaches to GodBp. W. Beecher.Our humiliations work out our most elevated joys. (1)In cleaning of their hands. Exaltation in Satan's kingdom must be debasement, for it is exaltation in sin, and sin depresses and debases. Townson, D. D.)The approach of a devout mind to the AlmightyO. But when the man is to be exalted by the Divine grace and the Divine Spirit, that is a true humility which foresees this exaltation, and acts in view of it. Reynolds. That the second person loved the first? And in this simple relation, even though we had done nothing to offend Him, humility is at once graceful and necessary; for, as we owe everything to Him, and as we depend upon Him for everything, it would be presumptuous, undutiful, to have one thought towards Him or to make one movement before Him, which proceeded on the supposition that we were not so indebted and so dependent. If we injure our fellow-man, we are to take the attitude of penitence before him. The words bearing this signification, the matter followeth, that men in purity and sincerity of their lives draw near unto God, which consisteth in two things. Such an exaltation implies satisfaction and joy. "(1) Men draw near to God by outward profession, though it be not always in sincerity of heart. That the humility is not a humbling of ourselves before our fellow-men. (3) Men draw near to God also by prayer, whereby we ascend, as it were, to heaven, and approach near to the presence of God. "A soul in converse with her God is heaven. Touching the commandment, and the precept enjoined, is to draw near to God. He abhors self, and finds a refuge in Jesus Christ, who is made unto him wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. This implies, in the first place —1. In coming to Him, we come to our Redeemer.3. (1)We must possess a knowledge of God. We cannot see God without praying to Him as the source of pardon and holiness, the only guardian and guide of the soul.(H. Trapp.Turn all the streams into one channel, that may drive the will, that may grind the heart. By no means; but the reverse. Several things are implied in this promise. )Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up.Lividly as in God's sightH. That they loved each other? That is the measure of your sinfulness; and if your humility should be in proportion to your sinfulness, what limit can be set to it? These are set forth in the body of the passage (vers. The way that a drop of rain comes to sing in the leaf that rustles in the top of the tree all the summer long, is by going down to the roots first, and from thence ascending to the bough.(H. It is better to have your good things to come, than here (Luke 16:21).2. Meal was offered of old, and not whole corn.(J. James 4 – Walk This Way Come Near to God July 12, 2020 James 4:7-10 NIV Submit yourselves, then, to God. By no means; but the reverse. The Lord's light shines on him, and that light reveals sin in the heart. The certainty of the result.4. If you saw one person using every art to please another, and to draw him into conversation, and the second person avoided his presence, and refused intercourse, what would you think? Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Had we nothing more to tell you than that you are sinners, it would only fill you with mortification, hopelessness, and anguish. I could get into no part of the room without the eye seeing me; and the last thing that I saw as I went out was that eye looking at me. Humility, however, is so mortifying to the human mind, that before it can obtain a settlement there, every attempt is made to discover reasons for believing that it is neither necessary nor appropriate. With clean hands and a pure heart.III. (2) Men also draw near to God by faith in Jesus Christ, whereby they have entrance unto Him (Romans 5:1). In drawing nigh unto God a sinner must have a sense not only of his own unrighteousness, but of his own helplessness.3. But when the man is to be exalted by the Divine grace and the Divine Spirit, that is a true humility which foresees this exaltation, and acts in view of it. He drew nearest thus to Israel His people, to whom He gave His law and statutes, whereby He became familiar unto them. W. Beecher.Our humiliations work out our most elevated joys. Mouton. 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: "Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purge your hearts, you double-minded. And in this simple relation, even though we had done nothing to offend Him, humility is at once graceful and necessary; for, as we owe everything to Him, and as we depend upon Him for everything, it would be presumptuous, undutiful, to have one thought towards Him or to make one movement before Him, which proceeded on the supposition that we were not so indebted and so dependent. The true exaltation must be in the truth. It also implies its own continuance, because of its Divine character. Hence humility is the first of Christian virtues: not that God wishes to see us debased, but that self-abasement is in accordance with the truth of our character, and is the way to exaltation. )Communion with GodAlex. Trapp.Turn all the streams into one channel, that may drive the will, that may grind the heart. And can we have been often with the holy God, and not be holy?(O. When the world repenteth of their joy, you will never repent of your sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:10). Marshall Segal Mar 2, 2020 4.9K Shares Sermon. Yes, it is. To which short precept is set down a like promise: draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. "What!" It is its power in the soul, and not its actual and manifold exhibition in the outward conduct, by which you are debased. We must draw nigh to God with firm resolutions of continuing, through His grace, in His service during our whole lives. W. It seemed to look at me when I went in. 1. 7.) That the second person loved the first? )Communion with GodIf you saw two persons working together in the same shop. The dreadful consequences of continued estrangement.(Alex. We must draw nigh with sincerity.By sincerity I mean here a desire to know and do the whole will of God. There are certain indispensable prerequisites. And the pervading guilt which such a consideration throws into it is incalculably aggravated by your not only resting upon its merits with satisfaction, but actually supposing it sufficient to secure the favour of that very Being whom it has so dishonoured, neglected, and disowned. We can speak of blessings that are to follow in its train, and that are sufficient to compensate you a thousand-fold for all the distress which may have been inflicted upon your feelings by our delineations of the abject state to which you are reduced as transgressors. In drawing nigh unto God a sinner must have a sense not only of his own unrighteousness, but of his own helplessness.3. The graciousness of the invitation.2. Welcome to La Canada Presbyterian Church’s introduction to the Prayer of Examen. The believer's humility implies a life of prayer. The certainty of the result.4. He is ready to offer Himself, and is pressed at hand to all such as come near unto Him, to make them to feel the comfort of His presence. That the humility is not a humbling of ourselves before our fellow-men. We are to understand it as conveying a gracious promise of conscious and sensible communion with the Father of our spirits.II. THE MANNER.1. It is a good exchange to put away carnal joy for godly sorrow; for then we put away a sin for a duty, brass for gold; yea, we have that in the duty which we expected in the sin, and in a more pure, full, and sweet way. Our humility is to be wrought in His sight. Merrill. An excellent way to moderate the excess of joy is to mix it with some weeping. - C.J. Trapp. And the pervading guilt which such a consideration throws into it is incalculably aggravated by your not only resting upon its merits with satisfaction, but actually supposing it sufficient to secure the favour of that very Being whom it has so dishonoured, neglected, and disowned. The name of Jesus is a powerful name. If you've committed sin, confess it, get rid of it, and put it under the blood of Jesus (in other words, keep a short sin account). It must be in righteousness and holiness. Mar 2, 2020. Hislop.I. W. Exaltation in Satan's kingdom must be debasement, for it is exaltation in sin, and sin depresses and debases. He is so holy and jealous of His worship, that he expects that there should be preparation in our accesses unto Him: preparation of our persons by purity of life (Job 11:13); preparation of our services by choice of matter (John 9:1); preparation of our hearts by finding them out, stirring them up, fixing them, fetching them in, and calling together all that is within us to prevail with God.(Bp. A true humility sees the truth regarding itself, that the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, and cries out for God. Thus did the people of Israel in outward profession, and with their mouths, draw near to God, which as a token of hypocrisy is condemned (Isaiah 24:13; Isaiah 58:2, 3). (4) Neither do men draw near to God by prayer only, but also by repentance, which is a returning again to God, whom, through the sins and iniquities of our lives, we have left and forsaken. 3. Trapp. )Laughter turned to mourningJ. We would persuade you to humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, that He may, in consequence, "lift you up." He is so holy and jealous of His worship, that he expects that there should be preparation in our accesses unto Him: preparation of our persons by purity of life (Job 11:13); preparation of our services by choice of matter (John 9:1); preparation of our hearts by finding them out, stirring them up, fixing them, fetching them in, and calling together all that is within us to prevail with God.(Bp. Yes, it is. (5) God draweth near unto men in offering His mercy, showing His favour, assisting with His help, multiplying His livingkindness unto them. Subjection to God includes: 1. (4) God draweth near to men by pouring out His temporal benefits upon them, health, wealth, honour, and sending them deliverance out of their trouble (Deuteronomy 4:7; Philippians 4:5; Psalm 69:18; Psalm 119:151; Psalm 34:18; Psalm 46:1). (5) God draweth near unto men in offering His mercy, showing His favour, assisting with His help, multiplying His livingkindness unto them. "A soul in converse with her God is heaven. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on James 4:7-8. G. Merrill.In one of our western cities is a physician who is very skilful in doctoring the human eye. (Isaiah 59:2; Jeremiah 5:25).2. W. Beecher.Our humiliations work out our most elevated joys. The Greek word, πενθήσατε, imports a funeral grief.(J. A true humility sees the truth regarding itself, that the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, and cries out for God. It is better to have your good things to come, than here (Luke 16:21).2. And can we have been often with the holy God, and not be holy?(O. 3. )LinksJames 4:8 NIVJames 4:8 NLTJames 4:8 ESVJames 4:8 NASBJames 4:8 KJVJames 4:8 Bible AppsJames 4:8 ParallelJames 4:8 Biblia ParalelaJames 4:8 Chinese BibleJames 4:8 French BibleJames 4:8 German BibleJames 4:8 CommentariesBible Hub. Touching the commandment, and the precept enjoined, is to draw near to God. He is never found justifying himself, or flattering himself with human purity and excellence. The Greek word, πενθήσατε, imports a funeral grief.(J. )LinksJames 4:8 NIVJames 4:8 NLTJames 4:8 ESVJames 4:8 NASBJames 4:8 KJVJames 4:8 Bible AppsJames 4:8 ParallelJames 4:8 Biblia ParalelaJames 4:8 Chinese BibleJames 4:8 French BibleJames 4:8 German BibleJames 4:8 CommentariesBible Hub. On the wall was a large painting of an eye. This is the arrangement established by the Author of salvation. Acceptance of his dealings in providence. The man abandons self for God. The Folly of Worldliness 4:4-17. by Chester McCalley. Reynolds. The believer's humility implies a life of prayer. or the same field, both blessed with the faculty of speech, and delighting to converse with all others, but never conversing with each other, what would be your conclusion? The saddest duties are sweeter than the greatest triumphs, and the worst and most afflicted part of godliness is better than all the joys and comforts of the world. We would persuade you to humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, that He may, in consequence, "lift you up." I could get into no part of the room without the eye seeing me; and the last thing that I saw as I went out was that eye looking at me. The saddest duties are sweeter than the greatest triumphs, and the worst and most afflicted part of godliness is better than all the joys and comforts of the world. It must be in righteousness and holiness. His comfort comes from no such proud and false source, but from resting his evil heart on the pardoning and cleansing love of his Redeemer. (7) Of none of all these the apostle here seemeth to speak properly, but of another drawing near, which is by purity and sincereness of life, whereof chiefly in this place he speaketh, which be commendeth unto us in these words, "Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purge your hearts, you double-minded," which I take not for a new precept, but with and others as the manner of performing that which is now enjoined.Let us then consider the place —1. It also implies its own continuance, because of its Divine character. It must be the only true and permanent exaltation. Crosby, D. D.The heart is naturally at enmity with God. Read full chapter It is not a humility of despair, but of faith. The way to abate one passion is to admit the contrary: in abundance there is danger; therefore in your jollity think of some mournful objects. The believer's humility is therefore, in the second place, a true humility. We only exhort you to form a just and precise valuation of what you really are, as compared with what you ought to be, according to the rule which has been Divinely enacted, and to maintain the conduct which such an appreciation is calculated to produce. But we must not neglect to remind you of that affecting display of the evil of sin, and of the degradation of the sinner, as these appear in the sight of the Lord which has been made in the Cross of Christ. That the humility is not a humbling of ourselves before our fellow-men. It is man's finality in the kingdom of God as contrasted with his finality in the kingdom of Satan. The abjectness and servility of one man to another are not pleasing to God. That they loved each other? He is never found justifying himself, or flattering himself with human purity and excellence. 3. Thomson, D. D.Humility stands opposed to pride. (7) Of none of all these the apostle here seemeth to speak properly, but of another drawing near, which is by purity and sincereness of life, whereof chiefly in this place he speaketh, which be commendeth unto us in these words, "Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purge your hearts, you double-minded," which I take not for a new precept, but with and others as the manner of performing that which is now enjoined.Let us then consider the place —. Humility, however, is so mortifying to the human mind, that before it can obtain a settlement there, every attempt is made to discover reasons for believing that it is neither necessary nor appropriate. And what is that exaltation which God accomplishes for the soul? The dreadful consequences of continued estrangement.(Alex. It is our pleasure to be in the society of those we love, and to converse with them. We are to understand it as conveying a gracious promise of conscious and sensible communion with the Father of our spirits.II. An excellent way to moderate the excess of joy is to mix it with some weeping. The true exaltation must be in the truth. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. (1)In cleaning of their hands. He is so holy and jealous of His worship, that he expects that there should be preparation in our accesses unto Him: preparation of our persons by purity of life (Job 11:13); preparation of our services by choice of matter (John 9:1); preparation of our hearts by finding them out, stirring them up, fixing them, fetching them in, and calling together all that is within us to prevail with God.(Bp. There is one phrase especially in our text on which we desire to lay stress: "In the sight of the Lord." He is so holy and jealous of His worship, that he expects that there should be preparation in our accesses unto Him: preparation of our persons by purity of life (Job 11:13); preparation of our services by choice of matter (John 9:1); preparation of our hearts by finding them out, stirring them up, fixing them, fetching them in, and calling together all that is within us to prevail with God.(Bp. says an objector, "is that a true humility which is humble in order to be exalted?" But we must not neglect to remind you of that affecting display of the evil of sin, and of the degradation of the sinner, as these appear in the sight of the Lord which has been made in the Cross of Christ. A true humility sees the truth regarding itself, that the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, and cries out for God. It know its own worthlessness, but it knows also the Lord's grace.3. Had we nothing more to tell you than that you are sinners, it would only fill you with mortification, hopelessness, and anguish. In drawing nigh unto God a sinner must have a sense not only of his own unrighteousness, but of his own helplessness.3. Prayer is speaking to God. In coming to Him, we come to our Redeemer.3. Thus did the people of Israel in outward profession, and with their mouths, draw near to God, which as a token of hypocrisy is condemned (Isaiah 24:13; Isaiah 58:2, 3). That the humility is not a humbling of ourselves before our fellow-men. IX. There may be an endless variety in the mode and in the measure of sinning with which different individuals are chargeable. Mouton. A. It must be in the region where God dwells. And therefore Christ is Emmanuel. This is the glorious "lifting up" which always accompanies a true humility. (2)In purging of their hearts before God.(R. A family member, a loved one or a dear friend had just died. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. )Communion with GodIf you saw two persons working together in the same shop. )Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up.Lividly as in God's sightH. The connection is just as necessary, but it is of a different kind. God will give us that in sorrow which the world cannot find in pleasure; serenity, and contentment of mind. With clean hands and a pure heart.III. It is our pleasure to be in the society of those we love, and to converse with them. In coming to God, we come to Him who is the blessed and only Potentate; the King of kings, the Lord of lords; who only hath immortality; who, by His word, framed the worlds; and, by the same word of power, upholdeth all things; in whom we live, and move, and have our being.2. Do not suppose that you have any refuge in the paucity of your misdeeds. (2) He draweth near also unto man by the revelation of His will. The immediate connection of "therefore" in ver. He abhors self, and finds a refuge in Jesus Christ, who is made unto him wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. It is our pleasure to be in the society of those we love, and to converse with them. Turnbull. 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.2. It would not be if the exaltation were to be in the line of the humility; that is, if the man was to be exalted in the very pride from which he humbles himself. The essential excellence of what is done by a moral agent, consists in its recognition of the existence, and in its submission to the will of Him who ruleth over all. It is its power in the soul, and not its actual and manifold exhibition in the outward conduct, by which you are debased. His comfort comes from no such proud and false source, but from resting his evil heart on the pardoning and cleansing love of his Redeemer. Self-loathing should possess us when we realize our covetousness and double-mindedness, our divided affections and unstable spiritual purposes. That is the measure of your sinfulness; and if your humility should be in proportion to your sinfulness, what limit can be set to it? That is the measure of your sinfulness; and if your humility should be in proportion to your sinfulness, what limit can be set to it? Our humility is to be wrought in His sight. Humility, however, is so mortifying to the human mind, that before it can obtain a settlement there, every attempt is made to discover reasons for believing that it is neither necessary nor appropriate. It is not a humility of despair, but of faith. A true humility sees the truth regarding itself, that the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, and cries out for God. For we cannot really "draw nigh" to God if we persist in hugging them. Welcome to La Canada Presbyterian Church’s introduction to the Prayer of Examen. We would persuade you to humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, that He may, in consequence, "lift you up." This Seems Impossible. Thus did the people of Israel in outward profession, and with their mouths, draw near to God, which as a token of hypocrisy is condemned (Isaiah 24:13; Isaiah 58:2, 3). The humility inculcated in my text is humility in reference, not to another creature more exalted than ourselves, but to God, who is immeasurably exalted above all creatures. Thus did the people of Israel in outward profession, and with their mouths, draw near to God, which as a token of hypocrisy is condemned (Isaiah 24:13; Isaiah 58:2, 3). The exaltation, then, in this case must be an illusion. As showing the reasonableness of prayer, consider the benefits of a persevering attendance on this duty. Hislop. W. Beecher.Our humiliations work out our most elevated joys. 3-Week Series for the New Year. To use a very rude metaphor, just as a man cannot go up another hill till he has gone down the one on which he happens to be, so a soul cannot be exalted in God until it has thoroughly come down from self. 7, 10.) Which promise is as a reason to move us to draw near to God. James 4:8 in the Parallel Bible; James 4:8 in the Thematic Bible; James 4:8 Cross References; James 4:8 Treasury of Scripture Knowing; James 4:8 Sermons; James 4:8 Prayers; James 4:8 Images; James 4:8 Devotionals; Choose Chapter If we submit ourselves to the righteousness of God in the gospel, we shall begin to reverence and admire and obey the moral law. The greatness of the benefit to be secured.3. It is a good preservative from sin; as it is said, "praying will make us leave sinning," or "sinning will make us leave praying.". 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