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JAMES 1:18

Victor M. Eskew


Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his ceatures.


1.    Will

A.   Strong (1014):  will  :-  be disposed, minded, intend

B.    Thayer:  to will deliberately, have a purpose, be minded

C.   Vine:

1.     Expresses the deliberate exercise of volition

2.     To will deliberately


     2.  Begat

          A.  Strong (616):  to breed forth, that is, by (by transformation) to generate

          B.  Thayer:  to bring forth, give birth to, produce

C.  Vine:  to give birth to…is used metaphorically of spiritual birth by means of the

      Word of God


     3.  Word

         A.  Strong (3056):  something said

          B.  Thayer (3056):  a word, uttered by a living voice…the sayings of God

          C.  Vine:  a saying or statement…the revealed will of God


     4.   Truth

         A.  Strong (225):  truth

B.  Thayer:  the truth as taught in the Christian religion, respecting God and the

      execution of his purposes through Christ, and respecting the duties of man, 

      opposing alike to the superstitions of the Gentiles and the inventions of the Jews,

      and the corrupt opinions and precepts of false teachers even among Christians

          C.  Vine:  truth…the true teaching of the Gospel, in contrast to perversions of it


     5.  Kind

         A.  Strong (5100):  some or any person

          B.  Thayer:  a certain, a certain one, some

          C.  Vine:  some, a certain one


     6.  Firstfruits

         A.  Strong (536):  the beginning of sacrifice, that is, the (Jewish) first fruit

          B.  Thayer:  to offer firstlings or firstfruits

          C.  Vine:  to the believers of this age in relation to the whole of the redeemed


     7. Creatures

         A.  Strong (2938):  product (created thing)

          B.  Thayer:  created thing

          C.  Vine:  the created thing, the creature, the product of the creative act