“Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”
King James Version (KJV)
1:18 Of his own will - Most loving, most free, most pure, just opposite to our evil desire, #Jas 1:15|. Begat he us - Who believe. By the word of truth - The true word, emphatically so termed; the gospel. That we might be a kind of first - fruits of his creatures - Christians are the chief and most excellent of his visible creatures; and sanctify the rest. Yet he says, A kind of - For Christ alone is absolutely the first - fruits.
Jas 1:18 Of his own will begat he us. Not in caprice, but our birth as children of God was due to his eternal will. That we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. The early converts are often called first fruits of the gospel.