June 11, 2020

Do You Find it Hard to See God's Goodness? | James 1:18

Do You Find it Hard to See God's Goodness? | James 1:18

For the past 2 weeks, we've explored how we are to rejoice in trials. But do you ever struggle to find anything good in the midst of trials? In today's Bible study, we explore James 1:18.

James 1:18 in the NIV says, “He (meaning God) chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.”

In Only 2-Minute You Will Discover:

  • What it means that God "gives us birth"
  • What is the word of truth
  • Who were the firstfruits and how does this apply to YOU

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Transcript

JULIE 0:05

Hey! Welcome to The Simple Truth Bible Study Podcast, I’m Julie Carruth.

Do you ever struggle to see God’s good gifts during trials? Trust me, you’re not alone.

We’ve been learning in the book of James that God sends us trials to strengthen our trust in Him. And that ALL good gifts come from God including the ultimate gift from God found James 1:18 in the NIV which says, “He (meaning God) chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.”  

So, what the first part of this verse is saying is that God gave you the ultimate gift – a new spiritual birth - when you believed that Jesus is the Son of God.  

Now, this next part of this verse is really cool, but you have to dig deeper to uncover the hidden treasures within this verse. So James says, And I’m paraphrasing here, God gave you new life when you believed in Jesus so that quote “we (meaning the original readers) might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.”

We learn about the first fruits in the Old Testament. When the annual harvest was gathered, people would gather the best of the very first of their crops and offer them to God in gratitude for the harvest and believing that there’s an even greater harvest to come. 

So, what I believe James is saying here is that the original readers were like a firstfruit, the very first of the harvest because they were the first to believe in Jesus Christ the Messiah. Giving their lives to God was like a foretaste of a great harvest of believers to come.

And you know what? Their sacrifice was not in vain. How do I know that? Because YOU are the harvest they believed in faith for. 

 So, if you ever doubt God’s goodness remember the ultimate gift that God gave you in Christ. And that’s The Simple Truth.

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