The Law Of Love will help you understand the meaning of the laws in the Old Testament and how love is the fulfillment of all the laws.
This has been an intensive, long study, and I believe like so many other topics in this series that one would continuously learn and add to it.
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”Matthew 5:17:20
Jesus clearly states in this Scripture that he did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it.
I pray you will clearly discern the voice of the Holy Spirit ministering to you while reading this article.
The Law Of Love
Understanding the Law
When Jesus spoke these Words, the Jews interpret the law in four ways:
- The Ten Commandments.
- The first five books of the Bible and called the Pentateuch or the Five Rolls.
- The entire Old Testament is referred to by them as the Law and the Prophets.
- They refer to the above as the oral and written law.
The Ten Commandments have no rules, but principles, while the other laws in the Old Testament consist of rules.
One great example of this is that one is forbidden to do anything on the Sabbath and if going into depth about what the Jews believe to be a sin on the Sabbath it almost seems impossible to abide by all the rules.
Jesus Himself broke the rules of the Sabbath by healing the sick, which was forbidden.
Yet in this Scripture Jesus clearly states that not one jot or tittle from all of the law will pass until it is fulfilled.
A jot or title includes every single detail of the writing like a “, . ‘ ”
Even the smallest letter stroke is used to write down the law as a jot or a tittle and in essence, Jesus is saying that if we want to abide by the law we have to abide by all of it.
Jesus wants to demonstrate and fulfill the law to us by helping us to grasp the real meaning of it.
When reading the sayings of Jesus and Paul about the law of the Old Testament it was something that they condemn.
It was condemned by them because the law cannot forgive, purify, and justify.
The law should rather be viewed as the tutor that brought us to Christ
“Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”Galatians 3:24
Abide All Or Abide None
The Scriptures below explain to us that if we want to abide by the law we have to abide by all of them, we cannot just pick one we like and set the others aside.
“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” ”Galatians 3:10
“For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.”James 2:10
“And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.
You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.”Galatians 5:3-4
The Law And The Cross
The Scriptures below demonstrate to us that Jesus came to fulfill the law.
“What purpose then does the law serve?
It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator.”Galatians 3:19
“Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.
And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.”Colossians 2:14-17
“But He was wounded for our transgressions,Isaiah 53:5
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.”
“For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” ”Galatians 2:19-20
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),
that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”Galatians 3:13-14
The Law And Righteousness
“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved.
For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.
For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”Romans 10:1-4
This Scripture beautifully illustrates to us that having knowledge of the Word and the Law will mean that we will seek righteousness from ourselves which can never be established out of our own beliefs or conduct, but only when we submit ourselves to God through Christ who is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
Righteousness That Exceeds The Righteousness Of The Scribes And Pharisees
Jesus expects us to live lives where our walk and talk should be not mere knowledge of His Word and Law, but rather where our conduct results from an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit.
He does not want us to have knowledge alone, but to teach others in it as well and to be doers of the Word.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;
for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”James 1:22-25
“You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.”Galatians 5:4
We can never be justified by the law alone, without a relationship with Christ we will fall from His grace.
The Law Of The Spirit
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”Romans 8:1-2
“Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”Romans 3:24
“Through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”, there is no condemnation for those who are in Him.
When we do not live according to our own flesh and desires, but allow the Spirit of Life to break our own desires by His operation and guiding in our lives the dominion of sin and death will be broken.
All we have to do is to accept this by living as free sons and daughters under His love and grace.
The Law Of Grace
“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”Romans 6:14
There is a lot of controversy about this Scripture and some view it as their ticket to sin, yet the first part of the Scripture clearly states that sin shall not have dominion over us.
When we are saved and set free, we can freely walk with Christ in a loving relationship with God where we are guided by the Holy Spirit.
We do not have to live in fear of the law, but rather seek God’s will in every situation in our lives through prayer and using the Bible as a guide on the things that we should rather avoid.
We are saved by the grace of God and no longer have to live under condemnation, but under His grace when our sins are confessed and forgiven.
The Law Of Love
“Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”Romans 13:8-10
The real meaning of the law that Jesus came to fulfill and wants us to fully understand can be summed up in one word: Love.
He does not want us to throw the law away, but if we have love, all the principles from the Ten Commandments will follow naturally and we will have reverence for God and respect for others.
When we have love not alone will we walk in the fulfillment of the law, but the fruit of the Spirit will naturally follow.
After love, there will be joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Through His act of love, Jesus died on the cross for our sins so that we can be under God’s grace, and in that way fulfilled the law.
In conclusion, I would just like to mention that I am a fervent lover of the Sabbath.
The Holy Spirit ministered to me about it more than a year ago and when I grant myself that one day of rest a week there was definitely a shift in the spiritual realm and God granted me breakthroughs that I prayed for a long time.
I do not consider this as keeping the law, because I know I will never be able to abide by everything that the laws concerning the Sabbath stipulate.
For me personally, it is rather a principle of Godly order to apply in my life where I work 6 days a week and rest on the 7th day for my body and soul to be rejuvenated and replenished.
We are not robots and God created us to have a day of rest.
Additional Scriptures About The Law
“For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.Hebrews 8:7
“In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.”Hebrews 8:13
“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.”Galatians 2:16
Let’s Get Practical
Application: “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” Philippians 2:3
Prayer points: Pray that you will walk in Christ, being rooted and built up in Him, established in the faith, abounding in it with thanksgiving (Colossians 2:6-7 ).
Promise: When we love others the way God expects us to, we can know that we obey all His Commandments and that whatever we ask God in prayer through Christ, He will give to us (John 15:9-10; John 15:16-17).
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