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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
2:10 Whosoever keepeth the whole law, except in one point, he is guilty of all - Is as liable to condemnation as if he had offended in every point.
Jas 2:10 Whoever shall keep the whole law. If the law is broken by "respect of persons", the whole law is broken. Yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all. He who willfully breaks one command is a law breaker and is guilty before the law.
Rev. Autrey's comment on 2013-08-15 07:06:49:
(Verse 10) "A person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as the person who has broken all of God's laws.") This is a parabolic statement. James is showing us how impossible it is for a sinful man to live up to God's perfect standards. Because even if you think you kept nine perfectly (which nobody has), you are still missing the mark because you missed out on one.
But the fact is, nobody has kept even one. Just thinking about breaking a law is the same as doing it. "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he." That's why Jesus said to the self righteous Jews, "None of you obey the law of Moses! In fact, you are trying to kill me."
Too, James is showing us that breaking any one law shows your intent to break all God's laws, and to over rule God in everything. "We will not have this man to rule over us." (Luke 19:14) This is what Adam intended when he broke God's very first command. In other words, inclusive in any one command is God's intent and purpose for all his commands.
This is why God saves us by faith. That is, if we depend on our ability to keep the law, no one will ever be saved.
Karanbir's comment on 2013-02-17 18:49:23:
I am not less of a sinner than anyone else, I am the biggest sinner that I know, and so is every sinner. We all need to accept Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and have faith in Jesus Christ alone (thereby forsaking all hopeless attempts at our own self-righteousness to gain entrance into Heaven). This verse goes well together with Romans 3:10 which reads "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:".
Robert's comment on 2013-02-03 22:18:18:
The only way to be perfect in keeping the whole law is in and through Christ. I am a lost and fallen man. No matter how perfect I may believe I am in keeping all the law, I will always fall short in some way, either through ignorance or willful disobedience. I would be wrong to judge my neighbor as being less worthy than myself, because I am in equal need of Christ's Atonement as any of the vilest sinners.
Shirley's comment on 2013-01-03 04:27:59:
We need to be careful to stay in Godís perfect will by being obedient in what we know to do and stay prayerful, while asking God to deliver us, from all unrighteousness, for we all come short of Godís glory. Nevertheless God wants all of us, not just the parts. We want to give him total obedience. From the heart is pleasing to GOD. We, can only do what we know, we are not held countable for the things we donít know.
Ralph De Jesus's comment on 2010-01-05 13:57:46:
We must search the scriptures to learn of all commandments of God that was not nailed to the cross. ( of the father, the son and the holy ghost) so that we may obey them all because if we do not we will be under the law and condemned by it. To be under grace and have the law written in our hearts we must obey it all by repenting and confessing to Jesus when we fall short of keeping the whole law. If we want to save our soul in the end and be saved from sin and the world now; we must keep it all.
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