As a rule, people clamor for law and order only to complain about it once they have it. People clamor for a strong leader but hate it when he/she actually leads. People crave freedom only to abuse it after being granted it.
All of these statements define not only people but specifically God's people . The people wanted a law so God gave them the law through Moses. The people didn't like what they heard and started whining to go back to Egypt. The people wanted a king like all the other nations so God gave them Saul. After Saul failed, God gave the people the king of His choosing which of course David was.
Through Jesus Christ we have been set free from the legal obligations found in the law needed to be righteous. Our righteousness is in Christ Jesus who has made us free indeed. But, people quickly used the liberty they had in Christ as a license to sin.
All God ever wanted was for His people to love Him with all of their heart and obey His Word. When thinking of the freedom Adam and Eve enjoyed in the Garden of Eden, it is beyond our comprehension. Yet, despite knowing God personally and being free to enjoy all God had given them; they could not and would not stay faithful to the Word God had given them.
The preceding statement pretty much sums up what has happened to God's people for thousands of years. Despite having exceeding great and precious promises, the ability to know God and the blessings of God to live in; people get tired, distracted, deceived or discouraged and turn away from God and His Word.
What we have in Christ far exceeds anything available in previous administrations for we have the finished work of God dwelling within us. We have the righteousness of God in Christ in our hearts. We have redemption, sanctification and justification in Christ in us. We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Yet, despite having things previous generations would have literally died to have; God's people are no more faithful, no more obedient and no more loving than those we read about in the Old Testament. The law of God is very simple and that is to love Him with ALL of heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Is that law REALLY so burdensome?
If we honestly loved God with every fiber of our being and were fully and unconditionally devoted to Him, there would be no need to discuss law and other similar subjects. Why? Because the law would be replaced by love and love is the greatest law there is.
Sin is the result of a lack of love. Sin only arises when we love something or someone more than God. Sin is erased and rendered null and void when we willingly, fully and unconditionally give God all the devotion, adoration and love in our hearts and reach out to others with His love. Thus is the simplicity, yet the greatness of this life if we will rise up to see and live it.
Thank you and Blessings 2 You!
[quote]If we honestly loved God with every fiber of our being and were fully and unconditionally devoted to Him, there would be no need to discuss law and other similar subjects. Why? Because the law would be replaced by love and love is the greatest law there is.[/quote] Amen brother . . . if only the Church could grasp this simple truth. If only the ministers of the Gospel could get a hold on this simple truth. Our messages would change . . . and what a wonderful and blessed change it would be. Even more, our lives would change from within and Christians would outwardly be the shining light of the world. Oh what a revival it would be . . . Glory to God!
Blessings to you and your wonderful wife, Beth M (@Blest) ~ Hoyle
I cannot help but think about the Law of Love which Jesus declared everything else hung upon. We are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. The natural result of true obedience to that is that we will then love our neighbor as ourselves. How different our lives would be if rather than fight and argue amongst ourselves about what we should or should not do, we would strive to do this one thing!
I daresay that the IF we were to get this right, we would suddenly find that we were living a life was was pleasing and acceptable to God. How could we not be, if we were truly loving God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and loving our neighbor as ourselves? Every choice we made, every action that we would do would have really have Christ at the center of it all, rather than ourselves and when He is truly leading and we are truly following... we cannot stray.
That is a big IF however for there is a difference between saying you do this... and actually doing it.
I agree that if we love God, and our neighbor, as commanded, through Jesus Christ of course, and only through Him can we, the other laws would not be an issue in Gods economy. God Bless brother.