The Law of Liberty

Sometimes people, in an effort to separate from the abuses of the Law, go to an equally ridiculous extreme: antinomianism.

That’s a big word that means “without law.” The term is thrown around a lot, but probably applies a lot fewer times than it is used. Antinomians are people who think they can do whatever, nothing matters, we’re under grace.

In order to avoid sounding like they believe this, people will use other Scriptural phrases to make it sound better. You might hear something like this:

“We’re not under the Law. Instead we are under the law of liberty.”

People use this phrase to mean, I have no idea what, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone use the phrase “the law of liberty” correctly.

The phrase appears two times, both in James. The passage from James 2 lets us know exactly what the “law of liberty is”: IT’S THE LAW!

“For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.”

It’s amazing how phrases take on a life of their own. Being under God’s Law is liberty. The fact we think it is horrible dreadfulness is more a statement of us than of the Law.

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