James 1:16-18 NIV <br />Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. (17) Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down f...
James addresses problems & needs of the Christian life<br />Writes in “how to” principles<br />Some verses transition betw...
1. Everything that is bad comes from the Devil<br />James 1:16 NIV Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers.<br />
Satan constantly tries to deceive us<br />Eve was correct: <br />Genesis 3:13 NIV Then the LORD God said to the woman, “Wh...
In contrast, God never deceives<br />He always deals with truth<br />Jesus came declaring:<br />John 14:6 NIV “I am the wa...
Jesus’ assessment of Satan<br />John 8:44 NIV You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’...
James urges us not to be deceived<br />First, aboutthe source of evil – Satan<br />Second, aboutthe source of good –God<br...
2. Everything that is good comes from God <br />James 1:17 NIV Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from...
James contrasts what Satan gives and what God gives<br />He uses such descriptive words as good, gift, perfect, above, lig...
God loves us and desires what is best for us<br />It is God’s nature to give<br />He is good<br />Hedelights in giving goo...
“Perfect” is teleios, the same word James used earlier <br />James 1:4 NIV Perseverance must finish its work so that you m...
These gifts come down from “the Father of lights” <br />“Father of lights” is found only here in NT<br />Reference to God ...
Jesus made that connection with himself<br />John 8:12 NIV When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light ...
God described as one “who does not change like shifting shadows” <br />Anchored in many promises of God<br />Deuteronomy 3...
God is a dependable friend<br />Proverbs 18:24 NIV A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who st...
He is the Rock on which we should build our lives <br />Matthew 7:24-25 NIV “Therefore everyone who hears these words of m...
God is the One to be trusted; what He promises, He will do <br />1 Thessalonians 5:24 NIV The one who calls you is faithfu...
3. God offers us the very best of gifts<br />James 1:18 NIV He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we m...
God initiated our salvation by His own will<br />He is the aggressive lover<br />He is the initiator<br />He loved us when...
“Gave us birth” is apokueo<br />Literally to beget, to produce, to breed<br />Refers to our new birth<br />It was His will...
Paul talks about this new birth<br />Titus 3:3-7 NIV At one time we … were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by ...
The result of this new birth is that we are “firstfruits of all he created”<br />Firstfruits was a requirement of Law <br ...
God is a generous giver<br />He’s lavished us with many gifts:<br />New birth through Jesus Christ<br />Firstfruits of God...
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100110 How to Live Your Faith 07 How to Receive the Best Gifts - James 1:16-18

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Sermon 7 in a series on the Book of James (this one is on James 1:16-18) presented January 10, 2010, at Palm Desert Church of Christ by Dale Wells

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100110 How to Live Your Faith 07 How to Receive the Best Gifts - James 1:16-18

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  2. 2. James 1:16-18 NIV <br />Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. (17) Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (18) He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. <br />
  3. 3. James addresses problems & needs of the Christian life<br />Writes in “how to” principles<br />Some verses transition between themes<br />James 1:16 NIV Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers.<br />Could belong with past section on temptation<br />Could belong with section on God’s goodness<br />Either way, subject of deception is appropriate<br />
  4. 4. 1. Everything that is bad comes from the Devil<br />James 1:16 NIV Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers.<br />
  5. 5. Satan constantly tries to deceive us<br />Eve was correct: <br />Genesis 3:13 NIV Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”<br />Peter was right when he warned: <br />1 Peter 5:8 NIV Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.<br />
  6. 6. In contrast, God never deceives<br />He always deals with truth<br />Jesus came declaring:<br />John 14:6 NIV “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.<br />John 8:32 NIV “… you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”<br />
  7. 7. Jesus’ assessment of Satan<br />John 8:44 NIV You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.<br />
  8. 8. James urges us not to be deceived<br />First, aboutthe source of evil – Satan<br />Second, aboutthe source of good –God<br />He is the source of good<br />He is the one who brings good out of bad<br />Romans 8:28 NIV And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.<br />Romans 8:28 NASB And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.<br />
  9. 9. 2. Everything that is good comes from God <br />James 1:17 NIV Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.<br />
  10. 10. James contrasts what Satan gives and what God gives<br />He uses such descriptive words as good, gift, perfect, above, lights, and firstfruits<br />These are “life” words contra “death” words he used in the preceding passage<br />
  11. 11. God loves us and desires what is best for us<br />It is God’s nature to give<br />He is good<br />Hedelights in giving good gifts<br />Bible contains<br />Accounts of God blessing those obeying Him<br />Innumerable promises of God’s blessing<br />Every good gift comes from God<br />And every perfect gift comes from Him<br />
  12. 12. “Perfect” is teleios, the same word James used earlier <br />James 1:4 NIV Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.<br />God is perfect & all He does is perfect<br />His gifts are not only good, they are perfect<br />They come from above because that is James’ concept of where God is<br />
  13. 13. These gifts come down from “the Father of lights” <br />“Father of lights” is found only here in NT<br />Reference to God of light is frequent<br />Beginning with the creation account and carrying through the Book of Revelation <br />Revelation 22:5 NIV There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.<br />
  14. 14. Jesus made that connection with himself<br />John 8:12 NIV When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”<br />
  15. 15. God described as one “who does not change like shifting shadows” <br />Anchored in many promises of God<br />Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”<br />Promised anew for us<br />Hebrews 13:5 NIV Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”<br />
  16. 16. God is a dependable friend<br />Proverbs 18:24 NIV A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.<br />Jesusis like that<br />Hebrews 13:8 NIV Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.<br />
  17. 17. He is the Rock on which we should build our lives <br />Matthew 7:24-25 NIV “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. (25) The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.<br />
  18. 18. God is the One to be trusted; what He promises, He will do <br />1 Thessalonians 5:24 NIV The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.<br />He is not like the shifting shadows<br />You can count on Him<br />
  19. 19. 3. God offers us the very best of gifts<br />James 1:18 NIV He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.<br />
  20. 20. God initiated our salvation by His own will<br />He is the aggressive lover<br />He is the initiator<br />He loved us when we treated Him with contempt<br />Romans 5:8 NIV But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.<br />
  21. 21. “Gave us birth” is apokueo<br />Literally to beget, to produce, to breed<br />Refers to our new birth<br />It was His will to bring us to spiritual birth<br />As Jesus said<br />John 1:13 NIV children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.<br />
  22. 22. Paul talks about this new birth<br />Titus 3:3-7 NIV At one time we … were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. … (4) But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, (5) he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, (6) whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, (7) so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.<br />
  23. 23. The result of this new birth is that we are “firstfruits of all he created”<br />Firstfruits was a requirement of Law <br />Vital part of God’s covenant with them<br />First & best of everything belonged to God<br />James’ readers understood the concept of firstfruits<br />Christians are firstfruits of God’s creation<br />
  24. 24. God is a generous giver<br />He’s lavished us with many gifts:<br />New birth through Jesus Christ<br />Firstfruits of God’s kingdom <br />He’s given us life that will never pass away<br />Earth & the universe are temporary<br />But we will never pass away<br />Death has no more control over us<br />We have eternal life!<br />

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