Sunday, July 26, 2020

Only One Lawgiver, God

James 4:11-12 by Dr. Cory Gonyo
Series:James
“Only One Lawgiver, God” James 4:11-12 Purpose: we must live according to the law of Christian love 1. If You’re Not the Lawgiver or Judge, Then You Shouldn’t Speak James 4:11 Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor? If we speak against a brother, we are judges of the law This is a mentality as if we were the ones who were lawgivers, but we are not Psalm 15:1-3 O LORD, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart. He does not slander with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor takes up a reproach against his friend; Proverbs 10:18b And he who spreads slander is a fool. 2. Only God is the Lawgiver and Judge, And He Commanded Us to Love James 4:12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor? We should think of the “law” in James as the fulfillment of the law of Love James 2:8–13 encourages fulfilling of the royal law to love your neighbor, and challenges believers to “speak and act” as those judged by the law of liberty Notice similar language of Jesus in Matthew 10:28 "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Who we should fear correlates with who the one Lawgiver and Judge is. Psalm 75:6 For not from the east, nor from the west, Nor from the desert comes exaltation; 7 But God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another. Jesus taught the same concept in Luke 14:7-11 Living according to the Law of Love Rom. 13:8-12; John 13:34-35; 15:12, 17; Rom. 12:10; Gal. 5:13; Eph. 4:2; 1 Th. 3:12; 4:9; 5:13; 2 Th. 1:3; Heb. 10:24; 1 Pet. 1:22; 4:8; 1 John 3:11, 23: 4:7, 11; 2 John 5