Law is: "A general rule of action or conduct established or enforced by a sovereign authority; as, a law of Caesar; a law of God . . . " (Webster's Twentieth Century Dictionary, Unabridged). Webster says of legalism: "Close conformity to law" Law and legalism are not the same. "Law" (nomos) means ". . . anything established, anything received by usage, a custom, usage, law . . . " The New Testament uses the word of "a command, law; . . . of any law whatever" . . . "a law or rule producing a state approved of God." (Taken from Henry Thayer). It is a rule or principle established by authority.

The law of Christ is his word: the truth by which men are made free (John 8:32). It is that perfect law of liberty which will convert the soul (James 1:25; Psa. 19:7). It is the inspired scriptures that are sufficient to perfect a man unto all good works (2 Tim 3:16-17). The only way this law will make one perfect unto all good works is to obey it. How else could it be done?