Works of the law (which do not and did never attain righteousness) before conversion (Romans 3:28, Galatians 2:16) should not be confused with works out of the (Law of the) Holy Spirit (Which do attain a second justification, James 2:24 | Read also: Ephesians 2:10, Colossians 1:10, 2 Thessalonians 2:17, Galatians 5:22, Galatians 5:6, 1 Thessalonians 1:3).
Paul is preaching against work-righteousness by keeping the Law (which is impossible). James is preaching that true believers must walk in the Law of the Holy Spirit/The Law of Love (read the bottom of the page).
The liberating law (James 1:25): "But there are those who study the perfect law, the law of freedom, and continue to do it. They don’t listen and then forget, but they put it into practice in their lives. They will be blessed in whatever they do." (CEB)
The liberating law of love can be summarized in
Jesus said: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31, NKJV, emphasis mine).
This is fulfilled by putting your focus on obeying Jesus through the Holy Spirit.
As it is written in Galatians 5:22a-23b:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love […] against such there is no law.“
Harry Conn wrote:
“The spirit of the law is the reason or motive for keeping the law, the principle or purpose behind it. The ultimate spirit of the law is love, which comes from a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith ( 1 Timothy 1:5). The letter of the law is its literal meaning without regard to the motive or principle behind it. This deals with the outward keeping of the law. The letter of the law may change, but the spirit behind it is immutable (absolute and unchangeable). It is possible to break the letter of the law without breaking the spirit of the law (Matthew 12:1-5, 10-13) and it is also possible to keep the letter of the law and yet break the sprit of the law. (Matthew 5:28; 6:2,5; 23:23; Romans 2:27)
True obedience to the law is not simply outward (keeping of the letter of the law) but comes from within, from the motive or reason behind the outward act. (Matthew 23:27, 28; Romans 2:29; 7:6: II Corinthians 3:6)”
Source: Harry Conn, Four Trojan Horses, (Parson Publishing), p106.
“It it clear that even many Christians do not understand the simplicity of what God requires from man. It’s first impress is written on the heart of every man coming into the word. The second impress was at Sinai from the voice of God. An since the life, teaching and atonement of Christ we are finally brought back to one word – Love (benevolence, the spirit of the law).
“For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (Rom 13:9-10 KJV)”
Source: W Scott Taylor, IdeoAmnosTouTheo
Read also “Sola Fide” for the extend version of the second justification after conversion.
The following list might help:
“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”
1 John 5:3
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.”
“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
“Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For this, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
“For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.””
“Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”
“If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. For He who said, “DO not commit adultery,” also said, “DO not commit murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.”
“Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”’
Source: “Love Fullfills The Law”, theidolbabbler (removed emphasis in Romans 15:1-6). All Scripture passages quoted by ‘theidolbabbler’ are quoted from the NASB (New American Standard Bible). New American Standard Bible Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif.
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