Believers are those who have been born again by the Word of Truth. Formerly, as Alistair Begg reminds us, we were dead in our sins, but God has taken the initiative in giving us new life. The instrument of our new birth is the Gospel, to which James urges us to listen. We must learn to be quiet and hear the Word of God, receiving it by faith, since it both gives us life and transforms our life.
18Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
19Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
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