“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the father of light, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruit of his own creatures. “-James 1:17-18”
LIGHT FOR NOW: God is our father and we are His children.
In the course of this study we have come to discover that the reality of the man in Christ is that at the point of new birth, he is born into a new family. This family is the family of God; the household of faith; the Church. What is common among all members of this family? Titus in Titus 1:4 puts this fact on the spotlight, it reads “To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the father and the Lord Jesus Christ our saviour” observe, Paul calls the faith common (common faith); which implies in the family of God; the household of God; the household of faith or the Church, what is common or what belongs to every member of this family is faith. Thus, it is by faith in Christ that a man is fathered by God; God remains God to the man who is not born again, but to the man who is born again, He is not just God to that man because that man is born of Him or was given birth to by Him.
Clearly of this fact will be further ascertained by observing our opening text. Note, when He (James) said “every good and perfect gift is and cometh down from the father of lights (verse 17), He further explains in verse 18 what that good and perfect gift is “… of his own will begat ye us…” The new creation or the born again is the person begotten of His own will and this man is the man that is the good and perfect will of God.
That is, the good and perfect will in verse 17 is in reference to the born again man in verse 18. “Of his own will begat ye us …” whose will is this? Verse 17 clarifies this “every good and perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights…” Recall, the good and perfect gift in context refers to the born again man. In other words, the born again man is from above, and cometh down from the father of light”. The term “from above” does not mean from the sky, it means from God; now why? That term “above” was the same term Jesus used in John 3 in his discussion with Nicodemus when he said “except a man be born again”. That word “again” (John 3:3) is the same word translated as “above” in James 1:17. And by explanation, when Jesus said “except a man be born again”, He was not speaking of being born the second time, rather He was talking about being born anew or being born of God; a supernatural birth. “Born again means to be born of God.
And thus bringing this back to James 1:17, when he said “every good and perfect gift is from above …, what he (James) meant in context was that the born again man is a gift from God (that is, the good and perfect gift from God is the born again man); and that is why in the same verse (verse 17), he further explains the “from above” as “the father of lights”. In other words the good and perfect gift from above is the born again who is born of the father of lights. We are the good and perfect gift of God our Father. We call Him father! Hallelujah.
INSTRUCTION: You are the good and perfect gift of God. Think about this.
PRAYER: Thank you for making me your own; I am born of you; I have your nature and DNA; therefore I am a living expression of God in this world, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: God’s good and perfect will can be seen in the new creation.
DAILY READING: MORNING: James chapter 1, EVENING: Ephesians chapter 1