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However, just because we've been set free, God still has ONE Royal Law that we must follow.
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Hey! Welcome to the Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
We’ve been learning how James, the leader of the first Christian church in Jerusalem, witnessed the church body playing favorites based upon wealth and outward appearances, and he illustrates this when the rich man was treated better than the poor man inside of a church service.
Now, in today’s scripture, I want you to imagine that James is responding to an objection that he probably heard when he confronted the guilty churchgoers. They might have said, “James, we’re just treating this rich man here like we would want to be treated.” And James calls their bluff when he says in James 2:8-9 “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.”
Now, first, what is the “royal law”? We find this in John 15:12 when Jesus said to love each other the same way he loved us. And by the way, it’s called “royal law” because this refers to a law belonging to a King.
Now, James gives the readers of his letter the benefit of the doubt here when he says “If you really keep the royal law” meaning I know some of you really did treat the rich man with pure motives, and IF you did, then you are doing right and your actions are pleasing to God.
And then we hear the big but, BUT if you show favoritism, then stop fooling yourselves, you’re sinning. Plain and simple. And in the Greek language, James uses some seriously strong language here. In essence, he’s saying you are violating the very will of God. This isn’t some small misdeed you keep trying to convince yourself of. Now, keep in mind here that James isn’t saying that we should ignore the rich, because that wouldn’t be treating others like we’d want to be treated. But we also must not favor them either because of what they can do for us, because once again, that wouldn’t be treating the poor man like we would want to be treated.
So, today, watch how God sends you opportunities to live out this royal law. Do you believe what God’s Word says? Then today is a great day to live it out loud. And that’s The Simple Truth. Never miss an episode by subscribing at TheSimpleTruthPodcast.com I’m Julie Carruth and I’ll see you again tomorrow.