Sunday, February 18, 2018

Daily Devotion: The Perfect Law

Bible Reading: James 1:21-27

Key Verse: Verse 25 - "But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."

Key Words: the perfect law of liberty

It is this perfect law that reveals our maturity in the Lord.

“The perfect law of liberty.” This is not the Mosaic Law; it is the law of grace. James does not talk about law here in the same sense that Paul does. When Paul talks about the law, he is talking about the Mosaic Law. When James talks about law, it is the law of faith. There is love in law in the Old Testament, and there is law in love in the New Testament." "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed" (John 8:36). However the Lord also says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15), and Paul said, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). What law? Christ’s law. John says in his first epistle, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments…” (I John 5:3).

As you are driving down a freeway, you will see that it is loaded with traffic, and it is also loaded with laws. If you want to have freedom to drive down that freeway, you had better obey the laws. There is liberty in Christ, and it is the only true freedom. However, you can be sure that if you are in Christ, you are going to obey Him – and His laws are not hard; they are not rigorous. Because you are a child of God, your freedom does not entitle you to break the Ten Commandments. Those laws are for the weak, for the natural man. Laws are for lawbreakers: what to do, where to go, and how, with a punishment prescribed for those who break them. Honest citizens do not need the law.

Mature believers do not need laws, rules, and regulations. These are made for the lost and immature. So we know our spiritual maturity by our freedom to do right without laws, rules, and regulations.

What to do:
✞ Do right because it’s right, not because you have to but because you want to…that’s maturity.

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