There should be a deep cleansing of the inner heart; a separation from the world and a positive choice to single-mindedly keep the Lord Jesus Christ as our beautiful and singular focus. ( Job 9:30 Job 9:31 ) ( Proverbs 20:9 ) . Hearts need to be purified and uncompromising humility should replace any double-minded hypocrisy. Christians are eternally united to Christ by faith, but sin is a barrier that fractures a believer’s relationship with God. Just as it is sin that separates an unbeliever from union with our Lord… so sin causes broken fellowship between a believer and God. Sin in the life of a believer must be dealt with if close communion with Christ is to be re-established. This is not to be done by ceremonial ablutions, moral services, or evangelical ordinances; this is God's work only, as appears from his promises to cleanse his people from their sins, by sprinkling clean water upon them; from the end of Christ's shedding his blood, and the efficacy of it; and from the prayers of the saints, that God would wash them thoroughly from their iniquity, and cleanse them from their sin, and create clean hearts in them: and yet such exhortations are not in vain, since they may be useful to convince men of their pollution, who are pure in their own eyes, as these hypocritical, nominal professors, might be; and to bring them to a sense of their inability to cleanse themselves, and of the necessity of being cleansed elsewhere; and to lead them to inquire after the proper means of cleansing, and so to the fountain of Christ's blood, which only cleanses from all sin. In contrast to the last exhortation and promise is the exhortation ἐγγίσατε τῷ Θεῷ , united in a similar manner with a promise. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. If fellowship with God is broken, it is because of our sin and not because God has withdrawn from us. What Does James 4:8 Mean? Loving Father I want to develop a singleness of mind towards You with my heart purified and my hands clean before You, so that I can draw closer and closer to Christ, my Saviour and Lord. Although sin never removes us from our secure position in certainly breaks our fellowship with Him for sin is always a barrier that separates fallen man from a holy God. of We should do all we can to draw close to the Lord and to prayerfully cleave to Him; while resisting all that would hinder our commitment to Christ or damage our intimate communion with Him. James 4:8(NASB) James 4:9. Now this is not to be understood as if men could first draw nigh to God, before he draws nigh to them; for as God first loves, so he first moves; he takes the first step, and, in conversion, turns and draws men to himself; though this does not respect first conversion, but after acts in consequence of it; nor is it to be considered as a condition of the grace and favour of God, in drawing nigh to his people, but is expressive of what is their duty, and an encouragement to it: cleanse [your] hands, ye sinners, and purify [your] hearts, ye double minded; the persons addressed are not the profane men of the world, but sinners in Zion, formal professors, hypocritical persons; who speak with a double tongue to men, and who draw nigh to God with their mouths, but not with their hearts; who halt between two opinions, and are unstable in all their ways: cleansing of their hands and hearts denotes the purity of outward conversation, and of the inward affections; and supposes impurity both of flesh and spirit, that the body and all its members, the soul and all its powers and faculties, are unclean; and yet not that men have a power to cleanse themselves, either from the filth of an external conversation, or from inward pollution of the heart; though a man attempts the one, he fails in it; and who can say he has done the other? It was the apostle John who told us that: if we confess our sin to our heavenly Father, our fellowship with Him will be re-established, while James reminds us that if we are separated from God as a result of sin, we are to draw close to Him, and He will draw near to us. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded." James 4:8, KJV: "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." Believer and non-believers alike can never approach God due to our own goodness, but those that are covered in the righteousness of Christ by faith in Him, have the right to draw close to Him – for He has promised to draw close to us. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. 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. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. If we long to re-establish tender fellowship with the Lord, we are the one who are instructed to draw near to Him, for He is never far from any one of us. James 4:8, ESV: "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. But this can only happen when our hearts are purified before Him, our lives consecrated to Him, and we have separate ourselves from the world, with our conscience washed, our sins confessed and our mind looking to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Whilst the devil is to be kept at a distance by resistance, we are to draw nigh to God. Keep my ears open to Your voice, my eyes open to Your truth and my heart open to You alone, in Jesus name I pray AMEN. Indeed, James is very straight-forward in his reproof, for like John he knows that sin causes an unbridgeable barrier between a Christian and the Lord, which calls for humble confession and a purified heart, and so, he thunders: Cleanse your hands you sinners, and purify your hearts you double-minded people! Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you … We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. When a believer’s fellowship with God has been broken, it will remain fractured until we confess our wrong doing with a sincere heart, for God is faithful and just to forgive His children their sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. And this can only be done through humble confession of our wrong-doing. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Proud member Although Christians are positioned in Christ and eternally united with Him, any post-salvation sins we commit will always break our precious fellowship with the Lord and we will remain separated from Him until the sin issue is put right. Salem Media Group. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Jam 4:8. “ ἐγγίζειν is not to be limited to prayer, but is to be understood generally of man’s turning to God” (Wiesinger). All rights reserved. James 4:8. James 4:8, NASB: "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you 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.