Great in God’s Kingdom

I don’t know why the Sermon on the Mount seemed so strange and new to the hearers that they imagined in their hearts, that a revolution that will change and upturn the status quo has come. But Jesus knows the thought of their heart, that He quickly cancels the thinking by insisting that they should not think that He had come to destroy the law, or the prophets but to fulfill it. It is Christ’s desire that the spiritual requirement of the law be fulfilled in the lives of His followers
(Romans 8:4). Therefore, the law that the believer is obliged to keep consists of the ethical and moral principles of the Old Testament. They reveal the will and nature of God for all people and it is still applicable today. However, the ceremonial, sacrificial, social or civil laws are no longer binding (Hebrews 10:1-4, Leviticus 1:2-3, 24:10). Faith in Christ Jesus is the point of departure for fulfilling the law. Through faith in the Lord Jesus, God becomes our Father (John 1:12). Hence our obedience as believers is done not only out of relationship to God as sovereign law-giver, but also out of a relationship of children to their Father (Galatians 6:4). As believers therefore, we are given an inner desire and power to fulfill God’s law, when we walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh. There is a great reward in doing the word and teaching others to do it. – By Jokpeme Joseph Omode

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