Question:

I was doing a short study on James 2:1-13 in being brief, I said "that the royal law is basically the law of Christ or the law of liberty which very much entails love." Do you think I have done justice to the passage by just stating that?


Answer:

The phrase "royal law" is stating that this law, "Love your neighbor as yourself," has preeminence over many of God's other commands.

"For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself"" (Romans 13:9).

""Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him," 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets"" (Matthew 22:36-40).