i. Ye sinners, cleanse ye the hands, and ye double in soul, purge ye the hearts. James has been writing to Jewish Christians of the first century (James 1:1). James delivers these three concise instructions straight from the Lord Jesus, each one crafted to equip us for living a successful Christian life this very day, and every day that we choose to employ them. The idea that our life was a vapor or shadow was a frequent figure of speech in the Old Testament (Psalm 102:11; Job 8:9; 1 Chronicles 29:15). 2 - John MacArthur; James now calls for his readers to carry out a thorough moral/ethical personal cleansing, for they had become stained with worldliness (cp Jas 1:27, Jas 4:1-4) and only those pure in hand and heart would be allowed to enter into the presence of God's holiness. We may not be in the fallen state those rebuked were in, but these three things are not reserved for apostates and reprobates. The priests would approach God in worship - with faith and fear. Submit yourselves therefore to God. James 4:8 James beckons us to draw near to God just as the priests in the Old Testament would draw near to God in the temple sanctuary. Ye sinners, cleanse the hands, and ye double of will, purge the hearts.] David asks… Clarke's James 4:8 Bible Commentary Draw nigh to God - Approach Him, in the name of Jesus, by faith and prayer, and he will draw nigh to you - he will meet you at your coming. But as God would have it, let’s be reminded! James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. In Titus 2:12, Paul writes of the grace of God training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, that is, to deny what the self desires.Self-denial requires genuine humility in submission, or it is merely a counterfeit. In James 4 there is a logical progression throughout the chapter, while still allowing some verses to cover individual topics. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.–James 4:7-8. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” Today we look at a verse in the Word of God, which we’ve seen once before. Here, in chapter 4, James says to these very readers that a worldly, unspiritual road is the very one they have been following. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 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). When a soul sets out to seek God, God sets out to meet that soul; so that while we are drawing near to him, he is drawing near to us. James 4:7-10. James 4:8 (WYC) Approach ye to God, and he shall approach to you. He described this earthly, unspiritual, demonic philosophy as the source of disorder and all sorts of evil in the world (James 3:15–16). The concept of self-denial is at the heart of Paul's teaching on submission to God: We have died with Christ and must sacrifice our lives for Him. [+Nigh ye to God, and he shall nigh to you. (James 4:8-9). James then gives us the formula for drawing near. James does not discourage us from planning and doing, only from planning and doing apart from reliance on God. Many subjects are handled quickly and succinctly in the book. Part of the reason for this is that James is like Proverbs in that many of its verses really stand alone in their content. James 4:8-10 Drawing Near to God, Pt. In the course of this rebuke, James offers three things for those sinners to do, so as to revolutionize their lives and mend their relationship with God.