Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his Creatures.Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
James lays out two essentials here, really. Even thought James appears to be speaking to believers here, he issues a reminder of what the first essential thing is; we must all be born again.
We are begat,or caused to be born, by the Word of God. It is the Word of God which convicts us as sinners and reveals to us the Savior, Jesus Christ. We are saved by faith, and faith comes from hearing the Word of God(Romans 10:17)
James is far from done here, however; he has really just begun. James was not writing a deep theological dissertation about salvation; ever practical, he just states the necessity of salvation as a fact.
Here is essential two; not only do we have to receive the Word, but we have to be doers of The Word. Being born again means The Word will not only save us; it will change us. We must not just be hearers of The Word, but doers of The Word.
If we hear The Word and no action results, James tells us we, in fact, may be deceiving ourselves.
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