“Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.” James 1: 16-18
After assuring us that God does not bring upon us the temptations to sin, (those come from our own evil desires), James now reminds us that God brings good things. His gifts benefit us rather than destroy us. God gives us wisdom, verse 5, strength through His Spirit to with stand the trials of life and as he reminds us in verse 18, Jesus Christ, His Grace.
James reminds us that God has chosen to gives us good. We don’t deserve that good, God in His love offers it for His glory and benefit. What exists beneath, our own sinful desires and the pursuit of pleasures of life in this world, bring death. But the good and perfect gifts of God, that come down from Him to us, bring life. These gifts, like the giver, never change and are not arbitrary. Just as God is high above the heavenly lights and unchanging, so are the gifts He lavishes upon us. We know these gifts and the new birth He offers, not by words of men, but rather by His word of truth. God chose to save us and redeem us from sin and death, for His own pleasure, according to His unchanging word. When we receive the gift of His new birth in Christ, we become the first fruits of the harvest, that we might share in the resurrection of Christ. As Paul says, sharing in His suffering gives us the hope of sharing in His resurrection as well.”
It is great to know in the midst of the ever changing tide of this world, that by God’s own will, we have good and perfect gifts given to us directly from His glorious throne. More importantly we have grace through Jesus Christ which leads to new birth. The gift of new birth is not dependent on our ability to achieve it, it is dependent on our willingness to accept it.