The “royal law” (2:8), that of the “kingdom” (2:5), is the precept of love of neighbour

The “royal law” (2:8), that of the “kingdom” (2:5), is the precept of love of neighbour

For a relationship with God, the author insists, is not through the observance of the Law, but through “faith”, “hope” and “love” (,23,24)

As regards the central contents of the Law (the Decalogue and that which is in accordance with its spirit), Ga 5:18-23 affirms first of all: “If you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the Law” (5:18). Having no need of the Law, a person will spontaneously abstain from “works of the flesh” (5:19-21) and will produce “the fruit of the Spirit” (5:22). Paul adds that the Law is not contrary to this (5:23), because believers will fulfil all that the Law demands, and will also avoid what the Law prohibits. According to Rm 8:1-4, “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” has freed believers from the powerlessness of the Mosaic Law in such a way that “the just precepts of the Law may be fulfilled”. Read More