Finding the finished work in James.

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James 1:25
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 

to be faithful and perseveres in looking into it.
 
22 But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth].

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.

The message here is that thru the Law and the Prophets you will have a revelation of Christ. That I understand. 

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.

 
Dear friends, 
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!

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3 thoughts on “Finding the finished work in James.

  1. good stuff….

    as a result, this is going to be a long comment bro 🙂

    James 1
    23 because if anyone is a hearer of the message and not a doer,
    this one is like someone staring at his own face in a mirror,
    24 for he looks at himself and goes away and immediately forgets
    what sort of person he was.
    25 But the one who looks into the perfect law of liberty and
    continues to do it, not being a forgetful hearer but a doer
    who acts, this one will be blessed in what he does.

    the Law is liken to a mirror. the mirror is the reflection of us.
    so if we look bad, then we look bad indeed, for the mirror does not lie
    nor the mirror bends the truth

    in the same manner, the Law, which is depicted a mirror

    says of us “You are Perfect and complete as Christ is your reflection”

    therefore verse 25

    25 “… not being a forgetful hearer but a doer who acts,
    this one will be blessed in what he does.”

    means “you are perfect, you are righteous, now live like one!”

    for when we act like a sinner when the mirror says we are righteous
    (as Christ is righteousness and our reflection)

    we then are hypocrites when we act like sinners.

    then

    25 “…not being a forgetful hearer but a doer who acts,”

    we act righteous for we are righteous. amen.

    as John confirms also

    “He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous”
    – 1 John 3:7

    then James goes on to say at the end of his letter

    “the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective”
    – James 5:16

    perfectly connects with verse 25 “… this one will be blessed in what he does”

    therefore, be doers, do good works for you are righteous already
    the mirror says “you are righteous” therefore lay hands on the sick for the will get healed, preach the gospel for people will get saved. amen

    we stand and perform based on our identity,
    and not performing to become because we already have become

    – grace and peace

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