Thought For The Day (August 27, 2012): Fulfilling The Law Of CHRIST

Galatians 6:2 reads: < Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. >

The Law of MESSIAH (CHRIST), is made up of the commandments and principles of the New Testament.

All of these commandments and principles in the New Testament that constitute the Law of CHRIST, arise as a consequence of the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets, in the Testimony of JESUS.

In Matthew 5:17-18 (NASB), YESHUA declares: < “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” >

The Law of CHRIST is actually a demand for perfection (see Matt 5:48, 43-48, NKJV)!

And, this demand for perfection by YHWH is entirely a consequence of YESHUA having fulfilled the Law.

And, this perfection is accomplished (by GOD) as we progressively live by the SPIRIT in CHRIST JESUS and, actualize the Righteousness of YHWH, working in us what is beyond human endeavor.

Hence the New Testament proposition of us being saved by grace (in a new creation), through faith that unveils a new creation in CHRIST JESUS, in the Righteousness of YHWH (Eph 2:7-10).

Romans 8:2 declares that the Law of the SPIRIT of Life, in CHRIST JESUS, has been appointed in the FATHER’s grace, to set us free from the Law of Sin and Death (Rom 8:2).

The intent of the Law of CHRIST is fulfillment of every commandment and principle, by the HOLY SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS, so as to accomplish all things in the FATHER’s will.

The fabric of this fulfillment is the actual communication of the Testimony of JESUS – in the substance and witness of JESUS CHRIST – into our inward parts, by the HOLY SPIRIT (see Rev 19;10c; 2 Cor 3:3, NKJV; 2 Cor 6-7, NKJV).

The Testimony of JESUS – the spiritual fabric of YESHUA’s Words that communicate His substance and Witness – is communicated by the HOLY SPIRIT, in the Spirit and Life of MESSIAH YESHUA (see John 6:63; Luke 21:33) – into our being.

The FATHER has appointed the fullness of JESUS CHRIST (that fulfills the Law and the Prophets) to fill all in all (Eph 1:23c).

The fullness of JESUS CHRIST is also appointed to reconcile all things – whether things on earth or things in heaven – to the FATHER.

Colossians 1:19-20 (NASB) tells us that: < … it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him (in CHRIST JESUS), and through Him (CHRIST JESUS) to reconcile all things to Himself (the FATHER), having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. >

The reconciliation of all things to the FATHER, through the fullness of JESUS CHRIST, stands in the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets in JESUS CHRIST. The Witness to this reconciliation is the Blood of YESHUA.

And so, the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets (witnessed by Blood) is entirely in the fabric of the fullness of JESUS CHRIST – in His substance (Gk: ‘hupostasis’) and in His witness (Gk: ‘marturia’)!

Since JESUS CHRIST has fulfilled the Law and the Prophets, the Law of CHRIST actually explains the meaning (and the implications) of the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets to us. Each commandment and principle in the New Testament is premised on the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets.

For example: at the highest level, the Law of CHRIST (in Matthew 5:48) makes the following demand on all of us: < “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” >

Since we know nothing of perfection (see Isaiah 55:8-9) and, since the FATHER can only be accessed through the SON (see John 14:6), the reality of being perfect as our heavenly FATHER is perfect, only exists in the substance and witness of YESHUA, which is the fabric of His Fullness, that only the HOLY SPIRIT can communicate into us (see John 16:14)!

Also, the reality of perfection demanded in the Law of CHRIST, stands only on the basis of YESHUA having fulfilled the Law of YHWH given to Moses.

YESHUA has fulfilled the Law in His Nature, His Character, His Witness, His Testimony, His faith, His love, His Righteousness, His Holiness, His Wisdom, His Counsel etc.

John 1:16-17 (NASB/NKJV/KJV) explains this brilliantly.

In Leviticus 19:1-2, YHWH proclaims the highest level of the Law: YHWH demanded that Israel be Holy (Heb: ‘Qadosh’) as YHWH is Holy (Heb: ‘Qadosh’).

YESHUA was raised from the dead and declared to be the SON of GOD with power (see also Heb 1:3b) because His Spirit was found to be the Spirit of Holiness. Understand clearly that only the Spirit of YESHUA is the Spirit of Holiness.

Romans 1:3-4 declares: < concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord >.

And, YESHUA’s Spirit, communicated into the fabric of our being, by the HOLY SPIRIT, is the exclusive basis for the fulfillment of the Law (see 1 Cor 15:45 + Phil1:19c = Spirit of JESUS CHRIST = Spirit of Prophecy as noted in Rev 19:10c).

By the HOLY SPIRIT, the Testimony of YESHUA, ‘His Words’ (see John 6:63 & Luke 21:33), communicate His Spirit and His Life into us; and, manifests the capacities of CHRIST to walk in every commandment and principle of the Law of CHRIST, that flows out of the Ten Commandments. The demands of Matthew 5 are all a consequence of the fulfillment of the Ten Commandments by JESUS CHRIST. For example: ‘Blessed are the pure in heart’ would be an absurdity to any human being (see Jer 17:9) without YESHUA fulfilling the Law.

Romans 8:2, declares that if we live by the SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS we will actualize the reality of having been set free from the Law of Sin and Death.

So brethren, we must learn to walk by the SPIRIT in CHRIST JESUS and, only then can we fulfill the Law of CHRIST and actualize the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets in our lives as CHRIST is formed in us (Gal 4:19; Col 1:28).

We actualize the capacity to walk in every commandment and principle through the fabric of the Spirit and Life of JESUS CHRIST, perfected and completed –  in us.

Through the Spirit and Life of YESHUA, His substance and His Witness find actual expression in us by the HOLY SPIRIT. In His substance and His witness we are a new creation being manifested in the Righteousness of YHWH.

And, we will progress into being Holy as YHWH is Holy and being perfect as our heavenly FATHER is perfect, as we actualize the substance and witness of JESUS CHRIST, by the HOLY SPIRIT, in a new creation (Eph 2:10; 2 Cor 5:17-17a).

This is the Righteousness of YHWH working in us, by the HOLY SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS – through the conduit of our persevering faith in YESHUA (Rom 10:10; 2 Cor 5:21).

So by grace, through faith in YESHUA, through the ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT, nothing shall be impossible to us (Matt 17:20)! Amen! GBU.

 

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