Good God-- Good Gifts
James 1:16-18
Creation is not a good mine.
Published January 21st, 2020
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Main point summary
Main point summary
Believe that all good comes from God and never evil, because He is the ultimate Source of all that is good.
James 1:16-18
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
Redeemed children of God, do not fall into the deception of believing that we receive evil from the hand of God.
[ But know that ] Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
But instead know that all of the good we receive is to be traced back to a good God.
coming down from a the Father of lights
that is, from a Holy Father sending down Light, the only hope for salvation offered to the world,
b with whom there is no variation
whose gifts do not change in their purpose or direction.
or shadow due to change. 1
and whose light is so exhaustive that it casts no shadow where it chooses to shine.
c Of his own will he d brought us forth
And we can be confident in this knowledge because God both chose and caused us to be born again
by the word of truth,
by means of His own true words revealed to us,
e that we should be a kind of f firstfruits of his creatures.
speaking so that we might carry the work of God in a new way on Earth, as a new creation.
If God is sending us as His ambassadors on Earth, He will not ill equip us to work against His own sovereign purposes-- and therefore we shall not receive evil. Shall God work against Himself?
1 John 1:5 - God only emits light, where God is, there is no darkness. There is no shifting, there is only holiness.
Almighty God is the Father of lights, while Satan only retains authority over lies, being himself the father of lies. In these illustrations, light parallels with truth, and darkness with deception-- just as it is presented in both John 1, John 3, and 1 John 1. This is the Father of lights, full of grace and truth, who does has no indecision within Him. He has purposed, and He will accomplish.
The Word of Truth is means by which we are brought forth. But is being brought forth synonymous with salvation? I would say it is, because the Greek word that is used here means "to breed forth by transformation or to generate." Call it a new birth. The word is used in contrast in James 1:15, when James writes that sin only has power to bring forth death (and we all begin there), and God only has power to bring forth life. Shall we think God less powerful because His power is restricted to do only that which is good, holy, loving, and just? Certainly not. It is not for a lack of so-called "ability" but for a Supreme content of character that God only does good. It is antithetical to Who God is.
Don't believe that we receive evil from God. Do know that good things come from God. The best example of this is found in our salvation, which consists of Him causing us to be born again (1 Peter 1:3, and also taught here) by the word of truth. If we parallel this to 1 Peter 1:3, then the word of truth would equal the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (the means to salvation presented in 1 Peter 1:3). So, this word of truth-- this word about Christ carries power. The power is found in the cross, and true words about it (found in Scripture) have inherent, God-given power that saves people. The cross of Christ is so powerful that words that accurately portray and convey its substantial and eternal truths can carry us unto salvation. So, to return to the summary-- Don't believe evil comes from God, but do know that good comes from Him-- because the only good that matters HAS to come from Him. The Earth is no grounds for good-- the only good that comes comes from above. The Heavens of our God is the source of all goodness.
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