“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow… In the exercise of His will He birthed us, or brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.” (James 1:17:18)
God the Father chose long ago to birth believers by the word of truth. That is by the spoken, or now written words of His Truth personified. Jesus is simultaneously messenger, medium, and message. The words themselves are the divinely appointed agent by which one is spiritually birthed.
James sets the idea of sin being birthed in us at odds with the kind of birthing that God with us. In verse 15 of the same chapter, James says, “Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.”
Self birthing leads ultimately to death. God’s birthing of us leads to life. “He brought us forth (birthed us) by the word (logos) of truth. The New Living Translation puts it this way, “He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.”
Peter puts it this way, “For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word (logos) of God.”
This “word” does not simply mean Jesus as in John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word.” James says that its the message of Jesus which must be quickly heard (James 1:19) and received with humility (James 1:21) is the agent of our birth. When this word/message/gospel is implanted by God the Father, it induces labor. All the more reason we must preach the gospel to all creation (Mark 16:15) and preach the word (logos) at all times in various ways. (2 Timothy 4:2)