Amplified Bible (AMP)
25 But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing (his life of obedience).
I have always wondered why James uses the word “faultless law” when he wrote this. He encourages one
Isn’t it interesting that the original meaning for “doers of the Word” in James 1:22 is obeying the message and not working towards something. It speaks of the word “poet”, a person who just flows with the Word.
But why the “faultless law”? we already know the Law is faultless but why a double emphasis. James tells us that when we look into the faultless law we find liberty. Yet Paul tells us the Law makes us slaves.
I asked God to show me why the contradiction. This is what He showed me. The word for “faultless” there means “utterly completed” or “of full age” or “perfected”. In other words, “finished”. James is referring to the “completed law”, the Law which is fully fulfilled. The Law has finally come of age. The Law that has finally grown mature. The Law that reached its apex.
Dear friends, I believe James was referring to the Law that has been fully fulfilled in us when Jesus died for us.
Paul tells us that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:4).
In the Amplified Bible. Romans 10:4 is translated this way:
For Christ is the end of the Law [the limit at which it ceases to be, for the Law leads up to Him Who is the fulfillment of its types, and in Him the purpose which it was designed to accomplish is fulfilled. That is, the purpose of the Law is fulfilled in Him] as the means of righteousness (right relationship to God) for everyone who trusts in and adheres to and relies on Him.
James is therefore not making reference to “keeping the Law” but rather “trusting in the completion of the Law” His Messiah.
Dear friends, I hope that makes your morning. It certainly is a great way to start a morning!