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Arcing—Assignment 10
James 1
The writing of James stands because God will not change.
Published September 18th, 2017
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Do not be deceived: every good gift comes from God.
James 1:16-18
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
Do not be deceived:
z Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
Know that every good gift is from above,
coming down from a the Father of lights
(What do I mean by "above"?) coming down from the Father
b with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 1
The Father who does not change.
c Of his own will he d brought us forth by the word of truth,
Just as He chose to bring us forth
e that we should be a kind of f firstfruits of his creatures.
so that we would be a kind of first fruits.
The Father will always give good gifts. You should not think that this will change. The writing of James stands true because God doesn't change. He doesn't suggest that God has for a while given good gifts but might later change His actions.
Every good gift! His grace is so expansive! How much have we been given by Him? For example, He provides for all creation... (Ps. 104).
If you ever think that God is giving you something and it is not good, you are deceived.
There are two ways to be deceived: 1) every good gift does not come from God (and all or part of them come from somewhere else, or 2) God does not give good gifts. All good gifts come from God. Good gifts do not come from any other fountain. How many good gifts He gives!! How great is His grace that we can look around this world and still (in spite of our sinful state) find many good things given: provision (Psalm 104), lack (see James 1), children and family, miscarriage and death, etc. How much more ought we trust Him because what He gives is good.
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