James 1:18-25 – The Implanted Word of Truth


James 1:18-25


Through the implanted power of the word, God has given believers birth as the first fruits of creation and so empowered them to effective action in the world.


This passage breathes with its confidence in the purposive and empowering character of God’s gifts. In what is likely both an allusion to the word of God experienced in the word made flesh in Jesus Christ as well as an explicit reference to the word of God in creation, the author speaks of the power of God’s word to bring about God’s longed-for righteousness. The language of “birthing,” “implanting,” and “first fruits of creation” describes believers who are empowered to act and persevere as not only hearers but doers of that word, that perfect law of liberty summarized in the call to love the neighbor as the self.