There are two ways of approaching the doctrines of the Scriptures. One way is to collect all the data throughout the Bible into logical categories (called “systematic theology”). The other way is to work through individual books of the Bible, collecting the data on a particular subject (this is called “biblical theology,” although the term is used in other ways in less than conservative circles). When we ask, what does the epistle of JAMES say about God the Holy Spirit, we are taking a kind of biblical theology approach. Our conviction in these posts is that, while some believers overemphasize the Spirit, others overlook Him. We want to do neither, but long to have a balanced view of the Third Member of the Trinity.
What do we find when we unit-read (read straight through at one sitting) the epistle of JAMES? We find that there is precious little reference to the Spirit of God in Titus! But here’s the one reference that we do have —
Ch. 3 – 13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
I don’t see any overt references to the Spirit of God in this epistle of James. The verses above in chapter three might refer to the Holy Spirit, for He is the One who gives us wisdom (Col. 1:9). In James 3 we see earthly and heavenly wisdom contrasted:
Here’s a prayer I’m praying today: “Dear Holy Spirit, I need Your wisdom in so many ways today. Help me to be alert to Your promptings, awake to Your voice in my life. Give me that assurance of my sonship in Your family. And help me to make wise choices today that honor You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.