“Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, ‘He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us’?”
The epistle of James. Admittedly one of the hardest books in the New Testament to understand. Dr. Sid Dyer, to whose sermon I will link later on, used the word “minefield” when expositing on James 4:5. I would like to borrow that word from Dr. Dyer, and say that not only is 4:5 a minefield, so are many other passages in the book. No wonder Luther described James as an “Epistle of Straw!” No wonder the Letter of James is seldom preached in churches today! It’s like a Rubik’s cube that doesn’t want to be solved.
Anwyay, if you wish to hear Dr. Dyer explain the problem of James 4:5–Should “pneuma” in that verse be written as “spirit” (meaning something not divine) or “Spirit” (meaning the Holy Spirit)?–go here. Clicking “download MP3,” will lead you to a donation page. Click “later” and the download will begin.