“For he who keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” James 2:10
James makes a great point here. If you stumble in one part of the law you are guilty of all of it. It means that you have to reap all the consequences, even if you just stumble over one small section. So even if you keep most of it, it doesn’t count. It doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you didn’t keep the law at all. This is a humbling verse, because truly it says that we are powerless without Jesus. It also means that we cannot do anything under our own strength to get salvation, because essentially we broke the law. We break the law all the time. We cannot ever see God’s face without the savior.
You know at the same time this verse tells of our utter doom, but it also frees us from trying to go overboard. It doesn’t discredit the fact that you still need to have faith and works but what it does , it frees us from trying to cling to salvation with our own strength. Truly we are now free to find God. We are truly free to put our entire eternity in his hands, and now we can live. We can live for Him, and we can live.
Lord though this isn’t an new concept, what it does though, is that it reminds me of who you are, and what You have done for us. Man you must really love us.