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 fruits of his creatures – James 1:17 – 18.
LIGHT FOR NOW: We were begotten of God’s good and perfect will.
Now, a vital fact that has been comprehended in the course of this studies is that the fatherhood of God is found in Christ and this fact of God’s family in Christ speaks of a relationship, a relationship between a Father and His family. Now, let’s get back to our opening text as we observe further details, recall,” the good and perfect gift from above” (verse 17) is in reference to the born again man (verse 18) who is begotten willingly by the father of lights.
Now, if the believer is born from above, that is, he is born of the father of lights, then the believer who is born of the father of light becomes a child of light. To further clarify this, let us observe the word “begat” in verse 18 “… of his own will begat …”. The word “begat” was translated from the Greek word “apokueo”. The word “apokueo” means to bring forth; to produce; to give birth. In other words, the Father of light gave birth to the new creation; the born again. That is, the born again man is born of the Father of lights, and thus, he is a child of the Father of light. Therefore, the born again man naturally calls God father because he was begotten, of God (the father of lights).
In other words, when we call God Father, what we just meant by calling Him Father is that we are His children. The children of the Father of light are children of light, hence the children of light, call the Father of light Father. This shows the extent or the closeness of the relationship we have with God in Christ. This is the reality of the father’s family; He is our father we are His children; we call Him Father, He calls us His children; He relates with us as a Father relates with his child, we relate with Him as a child relate with his father; we don’t have a child and uncle relationship with God, we have a father and son relationship with God.
Therefore, we are children of God by birth; we are born of the father of light and thus we are children of light. Paul’s word in his first epistles to the 1Thessolonian Church, echoes this same fact, it reads “Ye are all children of light, and the children of the day; we are not of the night, or of darkness (1Thessolonians 5:5). Why are we children of light? Because we are born of the Father of lights. Therefore, when I say “Father”, what I just said is “I am your child”. The born again man is a child of God by birth and thus fathered by God in this new birth. Hallelujah.
INSTRUCTION: You are a child of God. God begat you, God is not your uncle, God is your father; think.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your resurrection where I am found in you as your child begotten by your good and perfect will, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: We are children of light because we are born of the Father of light.
DAILY READING: MORNING: 1Thessolonians 5, EVENING: James chapter 1