July 26, 2017

The perfect law of liberty...refers to the teachings of Christ & His apostles ...

James 1:25Amplified Bible (AMP)

25 But he who looks carefully into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and faithfully abides by it, not having become a [careless] listener who forgets but [a]an active doer [who obeys], he will be blessed andfavored by God in what he does [in his life of obedience].


  1. James 1:25 Lit a doer of work.

King James Study Bible Notes:
  • ● Law of God Psalm 37:31The law of God is the extension of God’s nature and expression of God’s will in His creation. God’s law is expressed in different forms, relating to different areas of His... 
  • ● Introduction to the General Epistle of James
  • Introduction to the General Epistle of James

    Title: James, like all of the general epistles except Hebrews, is named after its author (verse 1). Authorship: The author is identified only as James, and there are four men so named in the New Testament. Yet the evidence unquestionably favors one candidate.
  • James 1:19:  This is a key verse because it expresses three topics that James develops later: hearing, verses 19–27; speaking, 3:1–12; and wrath, 4:1–12
  • James 1:25:  The perfect law of liberty refers to the teachings of Christ and His apostles. This law is perfect, since Christ brought to completion the teachings and work of the Mosaic Law (cf. ...  

  • James 1:26, 27:  In verses 22–25 James has rebuked mere listening—by the hearer who does not do. In verses 26and 27 he rebukes mere doing—by the doer who leaves his inner life unchanged. James offers... 

James 1

V 1: TWELVE TRIBES James, Jesus’ half-brother, writes to the dispersed twelve tribes of Israel. V 2–8: TESTING TRIALS In dealing with trials, our attitude should be one of joyfulness, knowing that God is at work in us through them. Our faith and patience from God is fed by wisdom which He gives to all who ask Him. Single-mindedness, in applying that wisdom and in exercising that faith, is the answer, by God’s grace, to our trials. V 9–11: TEMPORARY TREASURE A materially poor Christian should rejoice in his exaltation in Christ. The rich man should rejoice in the fact that his wealth is nothing, and that only what he is in Christ lasts. His treasured wealth is temporary, like a fading flower. V 12–15: TEMPTATION TRUTH Blessing comes to those who endure temptation. God does not tempt anyone. Our evil desires cause us to be tempted and give birth to sin. Sin produces death. V 16–18: TOTALLY TRUSTWORTHY God is referred to as the ‘Father of lights’. He is totally trustworthy. He will neither change direction, nor cast a shadow over the truth He has already given. It is by that truth that we come into blessing. He is a God who gives good and perfect gifts from above. V 19–25: TOTAL TRANSPARENCY Because God is the God of light, we are to behave in a transparent way. This affects our attitudes and our words. We should be good hearers as well as careful speakers. Filth must be left on one side and we should look at ourselves in the Word of God as in a mirror, and deal with what we see there with God’s help. V 26–27: TAMED TONGUE Only someone walking with God can have his tongue tamed. That person will also practise concern for orphans and widows and be careful not to be soiled by worldliness.

James 1:25 "But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."
“Perfect law”: In both the Old Testament and New Testament, God’s revealed, inerrant, sufficient and comprehensive Word is called “law” (Psalm 19:7). The presence of His grace does not mean there is no moral law or code of conduct for believers to obey. Believers are enabled by the Spirit to keep it.
“Liberty”: Genuine freedom from sin. As the Holy Spirit applies the principles of Scripture to believer’s hearts, they are freed from sin’s bondage and enabled to obey God (John 8:34-36).
It is a law of liberty because it frees from the principles of sin and death (Rom. 8:2-3; Gal. 5:1, 13). James also describes it as the royal law (2:8), for it is the law of the messianic King (Gal. 6:2).
Jesus said, if you love me, you will keep my commandments. The key word is continueth. He not only professes Christianity, but walks continuously in the salvation he has received. No one has to ask him if he is a Christian. His way of life shows the world that he is a Christian.
Everything we do should be done as unto the Lord. We are to work the work of an evangelist, until the Lord comes back. Even minutes before His return, we should be trying to win one more soul to Christianity.
Verses 26-27: In (verses 22-25), James has rebuked mere listening, by the hearer who does not do. In (verses 26 and 27), he rebukes mere doing, by the doer who leaves his inner life unchanged. James offers not a formal definition but three key aspects of pure religion: controlled speech, altruistic service, and separation from the world.
James 1:26 "If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion [is] vain."
“Religious”: This refers to ceremonial public worship (Acts 26:5). James chose this term, instead of one referring to internal godliness, to emphasize the external trappings, rituals, routines and forms that were not followed sincerely.
“Bridleth not his tongue”: “Bridle means “control,” or as another translation renders it, “keep a tight rein”. Purity of heart is often revealed by controlled and proper speech.
This is speaking of someone who is a Christian in form only. The world may even look on him and think of him as a Christian, but his heart is not right with God. We have discussed before, that the words that come out of the mouth, spoken by the tongue, are what we are inside.
Out of the heart, the mouth speaketh. You cannot curse and bless with the same tongue. Evil words come from an evil heart. The heart of man reveals what relationship he has with God. Religion is something we do systematically.
We can be religious about most anything. To be a true Christian, our heart must be washed in the blood of the Lamb. We must speak healing, peaceful words from a heart stayed upon God.

Dictionary of Bible Themes:
The process of bringing religious practices and beliefs back into line with the word of God. The OT portrays Israel as requiring reformation at several points in her history. God’s people continue to need to review their beliefs and practices in the light of God’s word.


■ And 'they' will surely perish if 'they' forget God's will...