Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? b Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James often alludes to Jesus' teachings in Matthew's Sermon on the Mount (cf. The Lord is, as is usual in the Epistle of St. James, not Christ, but God. Consider (aorist mid imperative)--Meaning "to consider," "deem," "regard as." 3 Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? It is not possible to love what is anti-God and also love God. He addresses them 15 times in this way, making the letter very persona1 (1:2,16,19; 2:1,5,14; 3:1,10,12; 4:11; 5:7,9,10,12,19). Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Mark tells us that Jesus said, “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will shamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels” (Mk 8:38). Ye lust --A different Greek word from that in James 4:1. James 4:10. 4 You adulterers! 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. James contrasts the gracious wisdom of God with the foolish 'wisdom' of the world, and calls Christians to be spiritually-minded and not carnally-minded. James 4:4 4 a You adulterous people! have not --The lust of desire does not ensure the actual possession. What does James 4:4 mean? Let us expel all pride and ungodly lusts that can creep into a heart that becomes enamoured with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the world and the pride of life - and let us in humility of spirit earnestly draw near to God, knowing that He died --- to draw near to us. By Rev Charles Seet. Here "world" refers to the fallen world system 2. As explained below however, kosmos as used here in James 4:4 and many places in the NT, takes on a considerably more negative shade of meaning. They were fighting with each other because they couldn't get what they wanted. "Ye desire"; literally, "ye set your mind (or heart) on " an object. 4:4 adulteri nescitis quia amicitia huius mundi inimica est Dei quicumque ergo voluerit amicus esse saeculi huius inimicus Dei constituitur. (4:4) Now James gets downright personal. e Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. “Humble yourself before the Lord, and he will lift you up” (Ja 4:10). He exhorts us to meekness and purity, spirituality and sincerity and warns against envy and strife, boasting and deceit.. and James gives us various steps to achieving a spiritual walk.. including submission to God; drawing near to our heavenly Father; humbling … Hence "ye kill" (not as Margin, without any old authority, "envy") to ensure possession. Preached at Life BPC 10:45am service, 2006-03-26. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by … Sep 27, 2020 by Editor in Chief. As James reaches the middle of His epistle to his brethren in Christ, he voices some very severe warnings against pride, worldliness and intimacy with the world’s system, which is diametrically opposed to righteous living and the things of God. You double-minded purify your hearts. whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Let your laughter be turned to grieving, and your joy to gloom. Text: James 4:4-10. The little girl who is shunned by her schoolmates knows that she will always be accepted by her dolls. 4:2-3 "ask" Un-Christlike motives and lack of prayer are two reasons why … Thus many understand these expressions, because God himself represented his relation to the Jews as his people under the idea of a marriage, and because the prophets, in conformity to that idea, represented the idolatry of the Jews as adultery. Part of the reason for this is that James is like Proverbs in that many of its verses really stand alone in their content. 2 My brothers, 1 w show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, x the Lord of glory. The little boy who is left out by everyone else will find a friend in his dog who is always glad to see him. They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him. Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”. My brethren--James' firmness is coupled with warmth as he identifies himself with his readers. His eye was on envy as at the bottom of many of the contentions and strifes existing on earth, James 3:16, and of the spirit of the world which prevailed everywhere, James 4:4; and he refers to the general teaching of the Old Testament that the soul is by nature inclined to envy; or that this has a deep lodgement in the heart of man. The “friendship of the world” (φιλία τοῦ κόσμου philia tou kosmou) is the love of that world; of the maxims which govern it, the principles which reign there, the ends that are sought, the amusements and gratifications which characterize it as distinguished from the church of God. James 4:4 4 4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Let us search our hearts, and in the power of the Spirit of God, let us turn from any worldly ways that we know must grieve the Holy Spirit that indwells our heart. He longs that they live a life that is pleasing to God. Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Read James 4:4-10. His admonishment concludes with this searing accusation, You adulterous people! He is writing words of encouragement in the trials and temptations that they are facing. These are pretty tough words for any believer to receive from an author of the God-breathed scriptures but nonetheless they are contained within the canon of holy writ and need to be explored with an open heart, that is not hiding behind a self-righteous exterior. The world is an amazing place by nature of the fact that God created it and called it good. James 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? Loving Father, I confess that I am too easily drawn into worldly thinking, which I know grieves the Holy Spirit. This is a wonderful statement. All the above exhortations are enforcements of humility. KJV Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? NLT You adulterers! To get what James 4:4 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context  and relative popularity. We make ourselves enemies with God when we choose what is antithetical to God and his ways. He calls them to quit their friendship with the world, humble themselves, repent from their sin, and receive God's grace. It is not logical, and so it is impossible. Jun 3, 2020. What does it mean, in more practical terms, to be a friend of the world? Keep my humble of heart before You, knowing that this is Your will for my life, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN. #2 “don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God?” “Friendship with the world” means that one loves the ways of the fallen world, the dominion of darkness and of Satan (Col 1:13). Nowhere does God call his set-apart people to become like the world, rather, we are to be different from the world. James the brother of the Lord Jesus Christ, like the apostle Peter, had a ministry to Jewish believers in Christ – in the early church, and this epistle is addressed to Christians from the 12 tribes of Israel, who are dispersed throughout the world. James 4:4. This he calls “friendship with the world,” and this friendship he considers adultery. James 4:4-10 - In The World But Not Of The World. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] In the previous verses, James has been blunt: His readers have been living according to worldly wisdom. James tells his readers to "resist the devil and he will flee from you." James takes his language from God himself through the prophets and Christ himself. Having reprimanded them for this, James tells them, "God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6). Know ye not that the friendship or love of the world - The desire of the flesh, the desire of the eye, and the pride of life, or courting the favour of worldly men, is enmity against God? You adulterous people! It is to adopt the world's set of values and wants, to desire what the world wants instead … Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. In James 4 there is a logical progression throughout the chapter, while still allowing some verses to cover individual topics. whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. in the sight of the Lord: that is, before the Lord, as in His presence. That truth which was uttered every where in the Scriptures, was not … The topic of our message this morning is useful to all of us, because we live in a world that holds different values and goals from us. The Sin of Partiality. [] Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of GodI say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. It's ''cheating'' on God. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Intro. 5 Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? The kindest and most loving thing is to oppose the world with urgency, calling men and women to repent and turn and be saved. If we live in it, but not of it, as sojourners left here in order to be a blessing and continue Jesus’ ministry, who left his throne in heaven to come down to bless the world, then we can find our way here as friends of God. #3 “Therefore anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” Care must be taken on this point. i. “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. He uses the feminine form deliberately, however, because he is referring to believers as married to God. What is the context and meaning? Be miserable and mourn and weep! Look up both Old Testament and New Testament verses to see how they use the word. NKJV Adulterers and adulteresses! Everyone needs friends, and I believe everyone has them. I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. He is writing words of encouragement in the trials and temptations that they are facing. James 4. One way or another all of us need and enjoy our friends. ESV You adulterous people! The text has been edited and condensed by IHCC staff for use as a Bible Study aid. When we are struggling with anxiety, fear, or guilt about our lives we listen easily to the devil's voice about ourselves and our situations. It has been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, but not yet fully restored. A. In this sense kosmos is much like the Greek word for flesh ( sarx ), which can be a neutral word, but which many times in the NT takes on an evil connotation. But James is saying this is not a hopeless circumstance at all. Ye adulterers and adulteresses — Who have broken your faith with God, your rightful spouse. James 4:4 Meaning of Friendship with the World Means Enmity Against God. James the brother of the Lord Jesus Christ, like the apostle Peter, had a ministry to Jewish believers in Christ – in the early church, and this epistle is addressed to Christians from the 12 tribes of Israel, who are dispersed throughout the world. God is to be our lover and not the fallen world system C. God is jealous for our affections The same disordered affec… Stronger Jeans(optional): Study the term repentance. God is the Lawgiver and Judge, not man. It is a great kindness to offer up himself because he “so loved the world” (Jn 3:16). The wisdom of the world says that to be successful, we must do whatever it takes to get what we want out of life. whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Many subjects are handled quickly and succinctly in the book. To have a warm, familiar attitude with this world is to be on good terms with God's enemy. But to choose “to be a friend of the world” is to approve of and participate in the sin of the world. James 4:4-7 New Living Translation (NLT). (James 4:8-9). The Holy Spirit of God longs to shower grace and more grace over all that submit to His leading, humility of heart. James 4:4. “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses - Who have broken your faith with God, your rightful spouse. Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. God is in conflict with us when we make friendship with the world 1. Matthew 5-7). whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? James 4:4 . "envious" This Greek term, like "lust," is a neutral term and can be used of "zeal" or "strong desire." “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? James 4:4. King James Version 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him” (James 4:5 NLT). We cannot have two masters (Mt 6:24), and we cannot have two husbands. James wipes the smiles off their faces: "You sinners, cleanse your hands. He calls it adultery 2. 3. James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. He also desires that they not only know - but reflect the godly character of Christ in their daily lives, while giving them some severe warnings against ungodly living. You might think that he would use the masculine form of the word, "adulterer" since most of the readers would probably be men. James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? 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