Re:Verse passage – James 2:1-13 (day five)
“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.”
A majority of people think they are a pretty good and that they’ve done nothing deserving of God’s punishment. The reason for this is that they are comparing themselves with others when they should compare themselves to God’s standard. In a world that is increasingly lacking in shame or guilt, this statement in verse ten should make everyone feel the weight of judgment. Only a little white lie will send you to the Lake of Fire (Rev 21:8). Jesus said if you look with lust you are an adulterer and if you’ve hated then you are a murderer (Matt 5).
If you’ve ever looked into the mirror of God’s Law then you know just how imperfect you are. The Law leaves this world guilty before God. It is a schoolmaster that leads us to Christ. We all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. The problem is that the world is self-deceived like the rich young man that came to Jesus asking how to have eternal life (Mk 10:17-22). When we seek to save the lost the way Jesus did, it would be best to help people come to Jesus for the right reason: to be forgiven of breaking God’s Law. They must understand they have offended a Holy God, surrender to Him, and accept humbly the redemption paid for by Jesus’ sacrifice. No one is good enough. Mankind is guilty as charged.