Monday, August 18, 2014

Christian Liberty (Part 3)

So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. James 2:12

True Christian liberty is not a license to do want I want to do! We have seen that it is connected to living for Christ and for others. It is found and enjoyed when I am occupied with Christ!

In our verse today James speaks of the “law of liberty.” The thought here with the word “law” is “the control force” or “the principle in action.” What James is saying is, “As a Christian you are under the law of bondage, but you are under the control power of liberty. The Law of Moses required the Jew to love their neighbor, but did not give them the power and condemned them if they failed. But under Grace, we are given the power to love our neighbor. The expression “so speak and so do” refers to words and deeds, to our talk and our walk, both needs to match! When they do not match up we violate the law of liberty and will give an account of this failure at the Judgment set of Christ (1 Cor. 3:14-15, 2 Cor. 5:9-10). In Romans 14:10-13, Paul connects the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Law of liberty together using this as motivation and as a reminder to allow the law of liberty to be in action in our lives!

But what hinders this liberty from being seen in our individual lives and in our local assemblies? James associates the law of liberty with the Word of God in James 1:21-27. To be a doer of the Word is to hold the Word in our hearts and let it be the monitor to guide us in every department of life. The Word of God is to be our standard and it is an effective tool to keep us from being influenced by the world around us. To neglect the Word of God is to allow the world to dictate to us how we think and behalf. But when look into the perfect law of liberty and continue in it, and are a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, we will enjoy true liberty!

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