The ROYAL LAW is Love Thy Neighbor
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
If I love my neighbor according to James I will not respect a rich man more than a poor person. I will visit the fatherless and the widow, I will give clothes to the desolate and food to the hungry. The entire point of James Book is if I truly love others, I will take action and not merely use words.
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Jesus taught this same thing in one of his parables. A certain tree had not produced fruit. Christ said let it alone another year and if it still does not produce fruit cut it down. A person can say, “I am a good tree” all he wants to, but if he does not produce fruit, his words mean nothing!
The Ten Commandments were a list of DO NOT’s!
The Royal Law is a List of Do’s
The Law of Christ not only prohibits a person from lying and stealing and murder it is much more than that! The Law of Christ teaches us how to be Good Samaritans! To love our enemies, just like the Good Samaritan did. The Ten Commandments taught nothing about mercy, longsuffering, and compassion. They never commanded forgiveness!
The Law of Christ not only prohibits lying and stealing and murder, it does what the Ten Commandments never could! The Law of Christ written in our hearts teaches us to forgive. Love has that power. Love is forgiving, and compassionate, and longsuffering. Love is what moved the good Samaritan. Which of the Ten Commandments do you think moved him. All they said was DO NOT! Love taught the Good Samaritan to DO SOMETHING, that the Ten Commandments DO NOT!
You referred to James 2:10. This is the same thing Paul said else where. IN both Romans and Galatians we are told that anything less than perfect obedience to the law results in being under its curse. Paul concludes, THEREFORE NO FLESH SHALL BE JUSTIFIED BY THE WORKS OF THE LAW!
James statement is immersed with examples of what true love does when faced with a decision. Love takes action! The Covenant at Mt Sinai produces BONDAGE (see Galatians 4:21-31) Whereas the Law of Christ produces LIBERTY! See 2 Corinthians 3:17. Just a few verses earlier in 2 Corinthians 3:7 we are told the law ” written and engraven in stone” was a “ministration of death!” It was “glorious” but its “glory has passed away.” We are no longer under the ministration of death written and engraven in stone. We are under the law of liberty.
James 2:8 SPECIFICALLY tells us the ROYAL LAW is LOVE THY NEIGHBOR!
James is admonishing us to LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR IN ALL THINGS, and contrasts that by stating that if we fail in one point we really do not love others the way we think we do. That is the point in James 2:10. It is important to see the BIG PICTURE of James in order to understand the smaller details.