The book of James is a wonderful book about the Royal Law Of God. It speaks of the majestic Father and the Son, so it is indeed a “Royal Law.” James 2:8 says:
“If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, thou shall love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well.”
This verse has a lot of depth. Most commentaries are dishonest when tackling it, saying they can’t be sure which law James refers to. That is why they say it point s only to the last six of God’s Ten Commandments.
Christ described the Ten Commandments as (1) Love to God, and (2) Love to neighbour. Clearly James is quoting from the same law, because when this quote is used by other New Testament writers , they often spell out some or all of the last six commandments (see Matt. 19:16-19). It’s clearly stated that you have to keep the commandments to enter into eternal life.
Many try to deceive themselves into believing the law of God is abolished by the New testament covenant, but this is not so. People who produce the commentaries are supposed to be biblical experts. So when they say they can’t identify the Royal Law, this is nothing more than rank ignorance.
God’s law can be applied everywhere – to all situations. It makes all things work. Take the example of child rearing. Who today understands how to handle children anymore? Many say they do, but they really don’t. They experiment and try things out, hoping to find something that works, but it never does. The behaviour of young people today spells that fact out clearly enough. Without clear guidelines, they go astray.
Christ came not to destroy the law, but to fulfill it – fill it to the full (Matt. 5:17). The law becomes even more binding in the New Testament.
God’s law is a law of liberty (Jam. 2:12). When we keep it, it frees us from contention and strife. It frees us from having disorderly children and broken families. It is a law of love. (I John 5:3). That law must dominate our thinking. Keeping it is our ultimate responsibility.