Do not think: Matthew 5.17 VOTD

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish these things but to fulfill them.”

Matthew 5.17

Jesus fulfilled the law by drawing out its fuller meaning in the remaining part of the chapter. He goes to the heart’s motivations. Also, the Lord brought mankind the forgiveness and reconciliation toward which the law moved God’s plan.

What meaning do the law and the prophets give Christians today? How can we use the Old Testament for spiritual benefit?

#law #Old-Testament #VOTD

The Righteous Requirement of the Law

“For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:3-4, ESV)

1. What could the Law of Moses not do? It could not save; it was not designed by God to save (Acts 13:39). The Law of Moses was not designed by God to bridge the gap between man and God. The Law of Moses was designed by God to show the nature of sin (Rom. 3:20) and those guilty of sin will be punished (4:15).

2. However, it is not God’s desire that any perish (2 Peter 3:9)

3. God bridged the gap with His gift to man, His Son (John 3:16); His Son (Jesus) condemned sin in the flesh (Hebrews 2:17-18; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

4. It is my view the righteous requirement of the law is best understood in relation to John 6:44-45 and Galatians 3:24-25, tied in with Paul’s earlier words in Romans 1:17, justification by faith.

5. Justification by faith means one walks in accordance with faith (Romans 10:17; 2 Cor. 5:7) because there is a clear realization of man’s nature, a nature that cannot bridge the gap between himself and God (cf. Romans 7:24-8:1).

#justification, #law, #romans

Stopped Hearing (A Word to the Wise)

A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment (Proverbs 16:10, KJV). In the role of governing, it is sometimes forgotten that great responsibilities under-gird the position. As a judge implements the force of law in relation to the accused, those in government should exercise discretion in leading. In our current society, many wonder if a judge or an elected official is properly executing the responsibilities of the position. In the ancient society, the Lord took away these temptations when He gave man His law. With regard to a king who reigned over the nation of Israel, that which came from his lips (or should have) was that which came from the mouth of God. History, however, tells us that even with these things in place by God, determined people with corrupted ways of thinking would not be thwarted. Many of Israel’s kings were not stopped because the people who were subject to these kings had themselves already stopped hearing the Lord. Thus, no divine sentence came from the mouth of a king, only corrupted words.


#king, #law, #leader, #responsibility, #word-to-the-wise

Life a constant learning process

After 45-plus years of typing and keyboarding according to the proper system taught back then in the public schools, I learned that this too has a right-handed bias. I had always had a bit of problem reaching the number 6 with the index finger of the right hand. Recently, I tried it — against all True and Proper Doctrine of Typing — with my left hand. Problem solved!

But could I adapt easily to reaching the 6 with my left hand, after all these years of forcing the right? I found I could, after just a short time. Continue reading

#corollaries, #law, #learning, #persecution, #righteousness


1-12-2016 What Law Did Jesus Fulfill

“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” (Matthew 5:17-18 NKJV). Jesus, then, gave 6 quotes from the Law of Moses which He contrasted with His own Laws (Matthew 5:21-48). After He was raised from the dead, “He said to them, ‘These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.’ And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures” (Luke 24:44-45 NKJV). Once fulfilled, the Law of Moses was removed by Jesus’ cross. “He takes away the first that He may establish the second” (Hebrews 10:9 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#cross, #fulfill, #jesus, #law, #moses

Lawlessness causes love to grow cold

A lesson entitled “Lawlessness causes love to grow cold” has been added to the series “Love is of God” (in text and audio) at this address:

Dutch version:

For those who know Dutch and English, I might mention that the English version has an additional section explaining the type of law to which a Christian is subject: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law.”

Also for those who speak Dutch, the series “Can we be the church of the New Testament,” which has been on the Internet for some time in English, has now been added in Dutch as well (text only) at this address:

May the Lord bless you. Roy Davison

#church, #law, #love, #redemption, #sin

Societal Acceptance is not God’s Will

I am always dismayed when I hear of society falling back spiritually. Moral decline in the world today is no longer incremental. It is in pure free-fall.

A school system in Alabama wants to change its policies so gender boundaries will be removed from what people wear. Like everything else in society, this is derived from a fear of being sued.

A lawyer recently addressed a school board where he:

“cited a case in Atlanta in which a male employee of the Georgia Assembly’s Office of Legislative Counsel was fired in 2007 after wearing women’s clothing to work.”


When my children asked why ridiculous rules existed in schools or in society, my answer was always the same. Somewhere along the way, someone was afraid of getting sued. Our entire society is being ruled by paranoid political correctness.

While the culture is traveling down the wormhole to hell and increasingly bizarre behavior is being rewarded, we must never think that God cares what they think. Before time and culture even existed, God had already decided what He believed and would accept (Psalm 119:89).

God’s Word will never conform to culture. We can burrow deeper and deeper into the slime but God will never follow us. We must not even “think beyond what is written” (1 Corinthians 4:6). If God didn’t approve it in Scripture, then it will never be approved (Colossians 3:17).

Today, we live under the law of the New Testament (Hebrews 9), not American law. God has NEVER taken a public opinion poll and He will never consult us for what we want (Exodus 20:3). We cannot change God or sway him to our side. God doesn’t need our opinions because He knows everything (1 John 3:20; Acts 17:25).

Truth be told, even in heaven there isn’t any discussion of the issues. God the Father is always the final voice (John 14:10; 16:13). If Jesus and the Holy Spirit can’t alter’s God’s mind, why do we think we will?

We must follow God, not men. End of story.

#law, #morality, #opinions, #polls

Law verses law – JAM

This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess. When it comes to law, there are times when one law crosses swords with another law. For instance, we all believe in religious freedom but does that mean that some faith-healing church should be allowed to prevent children with treatable diseases like pneumonia or an infection from seeing a doctor? This was the issue in Oregon recently until the Oregon legislature finally answered “no” after three children died. It is not the only time laws have come into conflict. Early Mormons practiced polygamy because that is what church founder, Joseph Smith, both practiced and taught. Wikipedia lists 27 wives of Smith. But how far should religious freedom go? In 1878 the Supreme Court ruled that religious freedom did not include the practice of polygamy. In 1890 what is called the Great Accommodation was reached, Mormons surrendered polygamy and Utah was allowed statehood. We are “under law to Christ” but our law does not demand a rigid legalistic obedience. It is the “law of liberty”, which recognizes the highest principles, love God first and love one another second, are both the foundation and the fulfillment of God’s law. Thus, disallowing the prevention of health care and a multiplicity of wives overrule freedom of religion, because it fulfills a higher law: love your neighbor as yourself.

#just-a-minute, #law

The Most Sensible Word

The most sensible word I’ve heard lately was from a Twitter post which said:

“Maybe the USA should consider Mexico’s law regarding immigration.”

After reading their immigration laws, it might not be a bad idea:

#consider, #heard, #immigration, #law, #most, #post, #sensible, #twitter, #word

God gave (them) up

Isn’t it interesting how some people try to use the defense, “I didn’t know,” when trying to avoid the guilt of sin?

The overwhelming idea is that people can’t be held accountable for their sins because they didn’t know they were sinning to begin with. Is there any evidential support for this?

In Romans 1:21ff, the Apostle Paul wrote the Gentiles had no claim to innocence before God just because they had no covenant with the Supernal One. In the beginning, all mankind knew who God was and what he had said to them. But, instead of respecting God’s word, they gave the eternal up.

God had no choice. He won’t force anyone to accept his will. This doesn’t mean, however, men are not amenable to it. So, God gave them up to four things, all of which had one or more terrible consequences.

God gave them up to impurity, or uncleanness and lust (Romans 1:24). The consequence for giving up God is dishonor. These people bereft of God’s leadership, left purity and became so unclean of mind that they followed their lusts. This change of mind led directly to idolatry, the discounting of God and the replacement of him with the most disgusting misrepresentations possible. They began serving created things rather than the actual Creator. What a mistaken transaction!

God gave them up to dishonorable passion, or vile affection. When God is taken out of the picture, man loses the only governing rule he could have. The consequence for this is the acceptance of evils like homosexuality (Romans 1:26f). Without the standard for right and wrong, men blurred the line because they didn’t really care what is right or wrong.

God gave them over to a reprobate, or debased, mind. What Paul means is described and defined in Romans 1:29-31. Now, with no God, men were allowed to throw off the limiting power or good and become whatever they wanted to be, and think whatever they wanted to think. Now, rules are gone and situation ethics is the “law.”

What did man have after he gave up on God and God gave him up? We have the world as it is today. Recognize it ?

#god, #law, #sin

What spiritual freedoms? The truth makes…

What spiritual freedoms?

The truth makes us free (John 8:32):

1) Free from sin (Romans 6:17-18).
2) Free gift of righteousness (grace) leading to our justification (Romans 5:15-19).
3) Free from the law of Moses (Romans 7:1-4; Gal. 5:1-4).
4) Free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2; 1 Corinthians 7:19-22).
5) Free to be Christ’s servant (1 Corinthians 7:21-22).
6) Free to preach the gospel without charge (1 Corinthians 9:18-19).

#death, #freedom, #gift, #grace, #justify, #law, #righteousness, #sin, #spiritual

Our government is the potent, the omnipr…

Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches people by example. If the government becomes the law-breaker, it breeds contempt for law and invites every man to become a law unto himself.

Louis Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1856-1941)

#breed, #contempt, #example, #government, #law, #omnipresent, #potent, #teacher

Starting Monday

The Daily Nudge asks the Fellows today, “What makes you laugh?” We’ll do something a bit lighter after the heavier talk about death. A bit of balance, don’t you think?

Troy Spradlin has made it on board to share with us in a daily one-paragraph (or more, go for it, Troy!) post what they go through and how they feel as they move and get settled in once in Paraguay. They’re only a few days off from departure. We’re thrilled he’s taken this challenge on, in the midst of one of the most hectic and demanding periods of a person’s life.

I’m also thrilled with the development so far of TFR. The Fellows sparkle with the spirit of Christ.

The Haitian aftershocks are worrisome to relief efforts. May they remind us to keep victims and relief workers in our prayers. I know of a number of Brazilian congregations sending funds or supplies, including SJCampos.

It’s a shame that bureaucracy impedes the process in some places. But there are always those who seek personal gain at just such moments. My theory is that bureaucracy doesn’t stop the crooks, just gives them more chance to create holes in the system. Seems that way, anyway.

What a relief that the law of Christ doesn’t work that way. Perfect in every way, equally just to all, accessible and understandable to all. And not a barbed-wire electric fence but a channel for the power of God to work in every saint.

#bureaucracy, #haiti, #laughter, #law, #paraguay