Perfect law of liberty
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."
What did James mean when he used that phrase "the perfect law of liberty"?
It is important for people to understand the Christian conflict between what Christians were doing and what Rome and the world was doing at the time to understand what James meant by "the perfect law of liberty".
It would also be good to understand who the Nicolaitan were and what they had in common with the way of Balaam. Both these relationships are connected to what is often called a social contract which involve a wide range of agreements, applications and participation which are reviewed in the book the Covenants of the gods. The Bible is adamant about the fact that we should make no covenant that entangle us in the elements of bondage and the rudiments of the world.
The early Christians were doing things much different than the Modern Christians today. Even under persecution they were prospering as Rome fell. They were doing so well Constantine tried to imitate them with his own brand of Christianity.
- "And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend; legend became myth." Lord of the Rings
James Madison explained “Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.”
If this is true of the Constitution it must also be true of the Bible. The historical context of the Gospel of the kingdom is critical to understanding the meaning of words like Corban and why David and Paul say what should have been for their Welfare has become a Snare.Kingdom at hand and become true believers through the practice of Pure Religion which is the Corban of Christ which depended upon the Freewill offerings of Fervent Charity in a Living Network of people who cared about each other as much as they cared about themselves.
That love was the foundation of their Law in a society that survived the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. Without that love their is no Grace. It was the heart of the free society of Abraham and Moses when they led people out of the legal Bondage of city states like Ur and Egypt.
James 2:8 "If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:"
Those who lived by the perfect law of liberty practiced Pure Religion. If we are ruled in our hearts by God we will not covet our neighbors goods to obtain benefits of men who call themselves Benefactors but exercise authority one over the other because it is covetous practices that will make us merchandise. We are also warned that the same process would curse children and make them a surety for debt.
James 2:9 "But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors."
The pearl of Great price
Matthew 13:46 "Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it."
The Kingdom of God was at hand for the living and we were to seek it and the righteousness of God. That meant we could not be Biting one another but were to love one another. It meant to repent of the Corban of the Pharisees that was making the word of God to none effect and provide a Daily ministration while attending to the Weightier matters.
- "In my opinion no real change in the economic or political life of this country is going to come about until the incredible concentration of wealth and power, which is presently held by a tiny handful of people, is broken." -- Sen. Bernie Sanders, 1974
Bernie is a Democratic Socialist and wants to take from the rich and give to the poor. He thinks like other Socialist that to Covet your neighbor's goods if they are rich is a good thing. The truth is if we strengthen the poor and each other we can get the wealth back.
America and Americans has been divided and conquered already.
The Social Virtues that bound early Americans in strong communities are no longer needed nor desired in a socialist state. In a socialist state birth rates will drop and soon you will need immigrants to supply workers to support the elderly and infirm. The next step would be euthanasia of the elderly or ill like you see in nations like Denmark which Bernie calls the happiest nation in the world.
He must mean "A Brave new world".
The answer is not to break the rich but to come together as we once were and be a righteous people who live by the perfect law of liberty.
If you wants your rights back you have to take back your responsibilities and if you want your wealth back you have to do it together.
James 2:12 "So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty."
People should gather and learn the art and skills of being a free people under God.
Context of James 1:25
1 ¶ James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
2 ¶ My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:
10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13 ¶ Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
19 ¶ Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
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.
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.
James uses the phrase again in James 2:12 "So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty."
Context of James 2:12
James 2:8 ¶ If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
14 ¶ What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
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