A law of bondage? Not at all! James describes God’s law as the law of liberty, “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:25). “So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty” (James 2:12). True liberty means freedom from sin and from its condemnation.
But the Ten Commandments alone cannot produce righteousness. Paul wrote, “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:3, 4). As we walk “according to the Spirit,” as He leads us, we discover that: “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17). The Spirit writes the law of liberty in our hearts, “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people” (Jeremiah 31:33). This is the new covenant promise, the very foundation of salvation. Jesus said that it is the basis of admission into the New Jerusalem. “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city” (Revelation 22:14).
David, in the Psalms, summarized it this way, “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul” (Psalm 19:7). Converted from a condemned sinner to a saved, transformed, victorious child of the King! God’s holy law, the perfect law of liberty, with its precise requirements to guide our choices and actions, is designed to show us our sin and our need of a Savior. “Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good” (Romans 7:12).
May each one, like our wonderful Savior, say with all honesty of heart, “I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8).