Some religious traditions say it’s impossible to fulfill the law. And they’re right, from the perspective of human merit which proves its goodness to God, for “nobody’s perfect,” as so many like to say. But the lack of perfection doesn’t mean it’s impossible to obey the law.

Do not speak against one another, brothers and sisters. He who speaks against a fellow believer or judges a fellow believer speaks against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but its judge.
James 4:11 NET

James expects Christians to be doers of the law. “Your job is to obey the law,” as the NLT puts it so well. This is the language he uses, without feeling any shame or apologizing for his phrasing.

In this vein we should give full weight to the descriptions of Zacariah and Elizabeth, John the immersor’s parents: “They were both righteous in the sight of God, following all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly” (Luke 1:6).

After all, Jesus commanded us to seek first the Kingdom and God’s righteousness (Matthew 6:33). This means the same thing as fulfilling the law. As obeying God’s commands. As doing the Father’s will (Matthew 7:21).

For there is no seeking the Kingdom without seeking God’s righteousness.

Righteous Father, may I trust in your goodness to do all your will, by the power given to us through your Spirit. For Jesus is my justice. Amen.

2 thoughts on “Doer of the law

  1. Great thoughts. I’ve said on many occasions that God has “always” expected obedience. That’s always been the standard. That’s never changed. God’s mercy and the effectiveness of His grace has never excused one from the efforts necessary to respond in loving obedience.

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