The Holy Spirit Throughout History #43: "The Spirit of Healing" -- James

The Holy Spirit - by name - is not mentioned in James’ letter to the 12 tribes in the dispersion.

  • However, His POWER and presence is certainly taught about:
  • Jas 1:2  Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
        • You cannot do that without the power of the Holy Spirit!
  • Jas 1:5  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
        • Jesus says it is God’s Spirit who gives wisdom
  • Jas 1:22  But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
        • And as we’re learning, early church believers were encouraged to submit to the Spirit’s power - to see what God the Father was doing and to engage in that - to avail oneself to the WORK being done before them, and to follow God in it.
  • Jas 2:26  For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
      • Some translators capitalize the word “Spirit” to indicate James means the The Holy Spirit. Indeed, we are dead without God’s Spirit within us. 

And in James 5:14, with our series focused on the Holy Spirit in each book, we see:

  • Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.