April 10, 2020

James 1:17 (KJV)
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.


The Greek word “good,” in this passage refers to something beneficial. It is something that is needed, but not always appreciated. According to tradition, the day that Jesus was crucified and died is known as “Good Friday”.  Good Friday was originally called Holy Friday, Great Friday, and Black Friday. But Good Friday was used to capture what that day did for a sinful, (bad) humanity. Jesus’ death resulted in humanities’ good.

The word translated “perfect” implies completeness. The idea is that nothing else is needed. In James’s letter, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he tells us that EVERY GOOD and PERFECT gift comes from God. So, on this day, let us be thankful for that GOOD gift, which was perfect for our redemption.