Royal Law

James’ “royal law” deserves a little more attention.  The term occurs only in James 2:8.  The immediate context is that the law is to love one another.  Jesus spoke of this in Mt. 22:37-39, but adds the command to love God with all one’s heart  He added in v. 40 that “all the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments—meaning that loving God and loving others is the cornerstone of God’s moral standards. Jesus authored the Mosaic Law and came to earth to “fulfill” it, not only by fully living up to it, but clarifying it, and explaining the depth and breadth of it (Mt. 5).  “You have heard it said . . . but I say to you . . . ”  If anyone had the right to clarify the Law, it would be Jesus.  As the King of kings, it is appropriate to call it “royal.”  That has significance only because the King makes it top priority.  Love of God comes first and is what fuels love for others.  But knowing all this is worthless if we don’t obey.  It is a command!

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