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By Brother Alan

“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” James 1:25.

“Here is a mirror into which we are to look, and search out every defect of character. But suppose that you look into this mirror and see many defects in your character, and then go away and say, “I am righteous”; will you be righteous? In your own eyes you will be righteous and holy. But how will it be at the bar of God? God has given us a rule, and we are to comply with its requirements; if we dare to do otherwise, to trample this under our feet, and then stand up before God and say, “I am holy, I am holy,” we shall be lost in the great day of accounts.” (Bible Commentaries, Vol 7, p. 935)

We are to compare our words with His Spirit, our actions with the word of God and living out God’s word in our practical life. Profession is of no value without the practical doing of the word of God. Imagine wearing soiled clothing and standing before a mirror and say to the mirror “Cleanse me from my soiled clothing”, would it cleanse us from the filth? No, all the office of the mirror can do is reveal the soiled garments, it cannot take away the defilement.

So, it is with the law of God. It points out the defects of character and condemns us as sinners, but it offers no pardon. It cannot save us from our sins. But God has made a provision for us in 1 John 2:1 “If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, JESUS CHRIST the righteous”.

There we find the character of Jesus. His righteousness saves the transgressor if we have done all that we can do. If we dare to do otherwise, to trample His law of liberty under our feet and then stand up before God and say, “I am holy, I am holy”, we shall be lost in the great day of accounts. While GOD saves the transgressor, He does not do away with His law. Christ imputes His righteousness and takes the guilt upon Himself.

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