New Living Translation
He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.
King James Bible
Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Darby Bible Translation
According to his own will begat he us by the word of truth, that we should be a certain first-fruits of his creatures.
World English Bible
Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
Young's Literal Translation
having counselled, He did beget us with a word of truth, for our being a certain first-fruit of His creatures.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
1:18 Of his own will - Most loving, most free, most pure, just opposite to our evil desire, Jas 1:15. Begat he us - Who believe. By the word of truth - The true word, emphatically so termed; the gospel. That we might be a kind of first - fruits of his creatures - Christians are the chief and most excellent of his visible creatures; and sanctify the rest. Yet he says, A kind of - For Christ alone is absolutely the first - fruits.
"Let patience have its perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." James 1:4. 1. "My brethren," says the Apostle in the preceding verse, "count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations." At first view, this may appear a strange direction; seeing most temptations are, "for the present, not joyous, but grievous." Nevertheless ye know by your own experience, that "the trial of your faith worketh patience:" And if "patience have its perfect work, ye shall be perfect and …
John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions
Loving Advice for Anxious Seekers
All Joy in all Trials
In those days Israel was holy to the LORD, the first of his children. All who harmed his people were declared guilty, and disaster fell on them. I, the LORD, have spoken!"
They are reborn--not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
2 Corinthians 6:7
We faithfully preach the truth. God's power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense.
And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.
2 Timothy 2:15
Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.
These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don't cover up the truth with boasting and lying.
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