James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
Most of the commentaries I have read about this verse say that this passage is poetic, like the words to a song. Several suggestions were made about how James came up with this verse. One commentator said that James may have had an ear for rhythm. Another said that these were probably the words of an ancient greek poem. Still another commentator said that these were the words of an early Christian hymn. Regardless where these words came from, they are very descriptive capturing the beauty of the Father of all creation. Bishop Wordsworth spoke powerfully about this passage from James.
“GOD is the Father of all lights- the light of the natural world, the sun, the moon, and stars, shining in the heavens; the light of reason and conscience; the light of His law; the light of prophecy, shining in a dark place; the light of the gospel shining in a dark world; the light of the apostles, confessors, martyrs, bishops, and priests, preaching the gospel to all nations; the light of the Holy Ghost shining in our hearts; the light of the heavenly city; God is the Father of them all. He is the everlasting Father of the everlasting Son, who is the light of the world.”
Jonathan Edwards also spoke about this verse in a sermon in the 1730’s. He said that the Lord is, first of all, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. In John 1:18 He is called the only begotten Son. This phrase is the word monogenes in the greek New Testament. It means one of a kind or uniquely generated. Jesus is the only begotten of the Father. The reason His generation is unique is because it is eternal, without beginning. He has always been the only begotten of the Father. Edwards went on to say that we have become sons of the Heavenly Father by the Spirit of adoption. We were children of darkness and have become His children by the infusion of His Spirit into our lives. We are no longer orphans, we have become sons and daughters of the Father of lights.
Paul also called the Lord the Father of Glory in Ephesians 1:17.This is the Glory that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ and is now the reflected Glory that is shining in the life of His church.
If you are born again, the reflected Glory of the Father of lights is shining out from you into your world, your life is impacting people more than you know. There is a difference about you that may be subtle but it is full of power. Christ, the hope of Glory, shines out of your heart. He is shining in your home, in your place of business, and when you gather with friends. The Father of lights is penetrating the darkness of this world. Where is this light shining from? It is shining from your face.