Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Christ Preached the Law

Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets;
I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.
Matthew 5:17

We live in a confusing time and nowhere is the confusion more evident than in the Church.  Good is called evil and evil good, by those that are supposed to be the guardians of Truth.  This is especially true when it comes to how God’s Law is viewed.  The Law of God is the fundamental basis of the gospel or good news, and apart from it, the gospel has no meaning, yet in the church today, the Law is viewed as somehow contrary to the gospel.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  Even so, the modern church has fabricated a Lawless gospel in which the Law is not honored at all, but despised.  In the modern church’s view, the Law has been supplanted by Christ and put out of gear.  The popular mantra of the day is “we preach grace, not law”, this despite the fact that Christ preached the Law.

Men naturally despise the Law of God and they are repulsed by its morality; it is the morality of their Creator they are despising.  This ought to tell us something when we see church leaders repulsed by the same Law and evidencing it in their presentation of the gospel.  Referring to the work of God’s Spirit in the coming gospel age, the prophet Jeremiah tells us, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”  The prophet was speaking of a moral transformation brought about by the Spirit of God, the same Spirit that originally wrote the same Law on tablets of stone.  We can only hope for this prophecy’s fulfillment in our day.  We will see the evidence of this blessing when a people delight in the law of God.

Christ is the complement (something that completes or perfects something else) of the Law.  In musical terms, the Law is the lyrics, Christ is the actual song.  The essential message of the gospel is that Christ perfectly keeps the Law on behalf of the man or woman that looks to Him in faith for this purpose, allowing them to have a full relationship with the Maker of the “holy and righteous and good” Law, instead of being snuffed out for falling short.  In the end, the Law never changes, good never becomes evil, and the moral expectations of God for man still remain in force; they are not relaxed in any way.  The Law of God is inseparable from Christ’s life because Christ is the Law fleshed out; Christ preached the Law, even if He had never spoken a word.

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