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James 2:12

Jul 9, 2019   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), James (epistles), James (written), Writings  //  6 Comments

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

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

James now gives a summary statement based on what he has been speaking about for quite some time. He says, “So speak and so do.” He had shown earlier in this chapter that those who speak with partiality sin, in particular verses 2-4. He had written about being doers of the word at the end of the previous chapter, in particular verses 22-27.

He now combines those thoughts to show that believers are to unite proper speaking with proper action. In this conduct, our speaking and our doing are to be considered as done by “those who will be judged by the law of liberty.” This takes the reader back to his words of verse 1:25 –

“But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

The “law of liberty,” as explained in verse 1:25, is where liberty defines the perfect law. It is what is obtained from it. And so, it is a law which is completely different than the bondage of sin leading to death which is found in Adam. The law of liberty is the gospel where sin is not imputed. Because this is so, the believer should strive all the more to conduct his affairs in holiness. Rather than a license to sin, he is given the freedom to act apart from sin, and it is that law of liberty by which we will be judged.

In this, we are to speak and to do in accord with our position in Christ. To understand what that means, James will continue on with further explanation. His words in the coming verses will combine the thought of speaking and doing with real, practical examples of what he means. But his words in the second half of this chapter are also some of the most debated over and misunderstood verses in the epistles, and so they must be carefully evaluated.

Life application: In evaluating James 2:12 & 13, the context needs to be considered. It is certain that if you have accepted Jesus Christ, you are forgiven –

“I write to you, little children,
Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.” 1 John 2:12

Forgiveness in Christ is a done deal. From the moment you receive Him, you are forgiven of every sin you have committed and of every sin you will yet commit. One cannot lose his salvation. However, judgment for a believer is based on rewards for faithfulness.

The law of Christ gives freedom from sin and condemnation, but it doesn’t give freedom for licentiousness. It is most important to keep these things in their proper perspective, and this is what James is relaying to us in his words.

Saved believers will stand at the judgment seat of Christ to receive rewards based on the life we live in Him. Because of this, we should speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom. And how can we do anything else! Jesus gave His life for us. Shouldn’t we then do our utmost to bring Him the honor and glory He deserves? Live for Him today, tomorrow, and always!

Lord Jesus, give us the ability to be merciful to others, just as you have been to us! If you have forgiven all of our transgressions, then we should remember that others deserve the same. Remind us that when they turn and ask for forgiveness, we need to show the same mercy that we have been shown. Thank You Lord for Your goodness to us! Amen.

6 Comments

  • I never heard this explained in this way before. I’ve read this book many times too. Thank you Charlie. Now I want to go back to Ruth’s comment about law of liberty and see what I missed there

  • sin is not imputed , hard to grasp but i know it is true right from GODS precious superior word . thank you

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS!

  • Forgive me as I am being lead to go a little off subject with this comment. It’s kind of a revelation to me and I guess a perspective view on our relationship with Jesus.

    I am seeing two things here. The first is our relationship to God/ Jesus. Many people are negative to it because in their minds we are nothing more than pets to God and that is why they ( with out truly knowing the horrors of it) consider Hell a viable option you know party time with all their friends not groveling at the feet of Jesus. WOW I do remember these thoughts running through my head very early on in my walk with the lord. Being pulled this way and that by people around me and me seriously listening to them and their Annalise’s of what life will be like in heaven. I would be lying if I said i didn’t have serious questions at the time about being gods pet. I was hoping for much more a solid purpose for me in heaven but this was depressing. Thank God for giving me a questioning attatude and the will to dig for the truth and that truth is we are not pets to God but his children his friends the ones he walks with and talks with the ones he loves, protects and only wants only the best for them.

    The other thing, being a slave to Christ. This is another term that sets people off because they equate the word slave with hard work,punishment , low standing and hopelessness when in reality nothing could be further from the truth. To be a slave to Christ we are held in the highest esteem by God, we are loved, cared for, cherished and blessed in everything we do for him. But yet again people fail to see the blessings of being a slave to Christ and only see or hear the negative of this world about slaves. We are not of this world and the word slave has a totally opposite meaning in heaven from what it is here on this world of sin.

    Ok then. That must be it because my head is empty… No jokes please lol Again I apologize for going off subject here but I couldn’t resist the urge to write this down and now that it’s down my head really is clear again. I will take it that someone needed to see these two views. Myself I feel so blessed to be a child of God and a slave to Christ, I pray that those that needed to read this will also see the truth of this and drop the world views and embrace the heavenly true views of a child and a slave.

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends we fly soon

  • One of the sad things I have noticed in churches over here is that Pastors focus on the people accepting the Lord Jesus as Savior and then getting these new converts baptized. Everyone is just concerned about the numbers of people who have received salvation.

    But very little is taught about what you do with that salvation. There is no teaching about rewards and losses.There is little teaching about ‘doers of the word’.So Christians live as. they please. However a lot is sad about ‘tithing’ and that you don’t pay tithes you just return to the Lord what is His.

    That is why I am thankful to the SW for teaching the whole counsel of God. I know I will have some losses, but I am trying to be faithful to get some rewards.

  • I hope you all will have a Marvelous afternoon. God bless each of you.

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