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 [she] does. (Jas 1:25, word in parenthesis added)
This passage of Scripture is full of meaning, wisdom, and insight if we’ll take the time to think about it and to study it.
Why does this verse refer to the law of liberty? I believe it’s because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is good news that sets people free. Once we accept Jesus as our Savior, we are liberated from sin, bondage, and condemnation. We experience a new birth in Christ and receive the promise of eternal life.
We find a law within the Good News of Jesus Christ, and it is a law of LIBERTY and not of slavery—life and not death! In Romans 3:27 it is referred to as the law of faith.
James 1:25 is referring to a devoted student of the Scriptures as he/she, in all humility of heart and mind, intently studies the Bible. This is done reverently and with a quality of examination, analysis, and recognition. We would be on our knees in a spiritual sense.
We can each be this type of student of the Word. How? We read the Word expecting the Holy Spirit to illuminate a passage in such a way that it changes us—soul and body. When it actually happens, our willingness to wait patiently on the Lord will give us even more insight as we glean how to apply it to our own lives and circumstances.
In this way, we have the privilege of fine tuning our lives to comply with and to obey the Bible in more detail and more holiness as we mature in our walk with Christ. This is an ongoing process, and it’s an exciting progression as well as a sobering one. It is a solemn and a holy process that occurs in our hearts and must be guarded constantly.
If we let down our guard and forget what God has patiently revealed to us and taught us, we do damage to our own heart and to our relationship with God. Our relationship with Jesus is the most important thing in our lives, having value for all eternity. It, alone, is the promise of eternal life.
It is the law of faith and the law of liberty. Value it, brothers and sisters!