Saturday, June 13, 2015

FULFILLING THE LAW

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Mat 5:17

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
(KJV)

The religious leaders were against the Lord Jesus primarily because they thought Jesus came to abolish the Law of Moses. God gave Israel the Ten Commandments as basis for all His righteous requirements in the Old Covenant. In the New Covenant, Grace came through the Lord Jesus. And in our main text above, the Lord declared He (His Grace) did not come to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it. In this devotional, we shall try to understand what 'fulfilling the Law' really means.

Whenever we see a law, we naturally think of obeying it. Obeying the Law is doing what the Law requires. Fulfilling the Law is doing what the Law giver intended. We can put it this way; Obeying the Law deals with the 'letter' of the Law, while Fulfilling the Law deals with the 'spirit' of the Law.

Now let us use one of the Ten Commandments as example. To protect the institution of Marriage, the Commandment says 'You shall not commit adultery'. But God's desire as revealed in the New Covenant is 'Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the Church' (Eph 5:25). It is possible to avoid committing adultery and yet not love your wife. But it is harder to truly love your wife and hurt her by committing adultery with another woman. This is what Grace gives to us; divine ability to fulfill the very heart desire of God. This way, our lights shine so well that men glorify God for our good works (Mat 5:16).

Go into today with this understanding and knowledge that God's commandments are not burdensome when you receive Grace from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, let my good works be a testimony of Your grace. Amen.

-Adeolu Olumodeji

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