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The Royal Law

“If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:” James 2:8 (KJV)

This phrase occurs only here in Scripture.  James chooses a term for the Law that usually refers to the Law as a whole rather than a term for an individual command.  This is in keeping with Jesus’ response to the question, “What is the first (great) commandment?”  [Matthew 22:36, Mark 12:28]  His two-part answer included a commandment regarding man’s relationship to God and this command which covers man’s relationship to his fellow-man.

This same commandment was also part of the response given to Jesus by a certain lawyer. [Luke 10:25-27]  It is here that Jesus links “love thy neighbor” to the well-known story of the Good Samaritan.

Paul further explains For all the law is fulfilled… Continue reading