By His Own Choice – James 1:16-18

Don’t be deceived, my dearly loved brothers. Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning. By His own choice, He gave us a new birth by the message of truth so that we would be the firstfruits of His creatures.

The implications of this short phrase are huge. The creating God of the universe has chosen to give us a new birth. By His own volition He has chosen. This is grace. What an irony that it is contained in the ‘faith without works’ epistle that has been so misused over the years by the legalists. “It is by grace you have been saved through faith so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2). It is by the eternal volition of God that you have been reborn so that there is no confusion.

Pride stalks us throughout our lives. It is like a snake that slithers behind us tempting us to claim credit, protect our good name, look out for our own interests, consider all of the good we have done and money we have given and righteousness we have displayed. Blah blah blah. None of this garbage contributes even one iota to this idea of new birth which is totally Father God’s. It is His choice to rebirth those who would submit to His kingship. He alone has such power and authority. He does not change.

Thanks be to God!

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