What is the source of fighting and conflict among you? Is it not your
passions at war within you?
You desire, but do not have. You murder and
envy but cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because
you do not ask.
When you do ask you do not receive because you ask
wrongly, to use it on your passions.
You adulteresses, do
you not know that friendship with the world means hostility towards God? So
whoever chooses to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
Do you think that for no reason the Scripture says: “God jealously desires
the spirit that He has put in us”?
But He gives more grace. As it says,
“God is against the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
So submit yourselves to
God. Resist the Devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw close to God, and
He will draw close to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your
hearts, you of two minds. 9 Be sorrowful and grieve and weep. Let your
laughing be turned into crying and your joy into dismay.
10 Humble yourselves
before the Lord and He will exalt you. 11 Do not speak evil against each other, brothers and sisters. The one who speaks
against or judges a brother or sister speaks evil against and judges the law. But if you
judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but its judge.
12 There is only one
Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy. So who are you
to judge your neighbor?
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and stay there for a year, doing business and making a profit.”
14 But you do not even know about tomorrow, much less the rest of your life. You are like a puff of steam that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
15 You should say instead, “If the Lord is willing, we will live and do this or that.”
16 But as it is
you are boasting in your arrogance, and all such boasting is evil.
17 So anyone
who knows the right thing to do and does not do it is guilty of sin.
The Devil is of course the fallen angel of Scripture (1 Tim. 3:6). He fell into condemnation.
He was not created evil. Satan is certainly never a synonym for the human tendency to sin. The Devil
“came up to” Jesus in Matt. 4:3, i.e. approached from the outside, and the temptation was thus external
to him. It would be a serious assault on Scripture to say that Jesus, internally, produced twisted versions
of Scripture. The serpent in Genesis, who is identified as the Devil and the Satan (Rev. 12:9; 20:2), was
utterly guilty for his lies. The Christadelphian system which attributes no moral responsibility to the
Serpent/Devil, thus implying that God was the source of lie, should be exposed as an unfortunate
twisting of Scripture.