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LOVE FULFILLS THE LAW

LOVE IS THE FULFILLING OF THE LAW

Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided this Love Fulfills the Law Bible study on the Love is the Fulfilling of the Law verse. We will look into that and all aspects of the Christian Walk. This study brings forth truth, understanding and peace.




LOVE FULFILLS THE LAW
LOVE IS THE FULFILLING OF THE LAW

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LOVE IS THE FULFILLING OF THE LAW MEANING

Let us begin shall we? The Church has been divided by many things in the past but none so much as the Faith versus Works and the Grace versus Law issues and these disputes stem from the differences between the Old Covenant LAW based on works and the New Covenant Grace based on Faith. Even Paul disputed with Peter over this matter ...

Galatians 2:11-21
But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the TRUTH of the Gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I AM CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me. I do not frustrate the Grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

It seems Peter was playing both sides against the middle as far as Old Covenant LAW and New Covenant GRACE and Paul challenged him on it face to face. Paul revealed that a man can never be justified by the works of the Law but only by FAITH.

Many Jewish Christians were none to happy about this as the OLD COVENANT LAW was their whole way of life and they wanted to burden the new Gentile believers with the Old Covenant Jewish customs and laws.


LOVE FULFILLS THE LAW MYSTERY
LOVE IS THE FULFILLING OF THE LAW EXPLAINED

But ... Peter spoke up.

Acts 15:7-10
And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the Gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as He did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by Faith. Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples,
WHICH NEITHER OUR FATHERS OR WE WERE ABLE TO BEAR?

Acts 15:19-20
Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they
abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

After this, they changed their tune and the Holy Spirit thought it was fitting to "burden" the Gentiles with only a few "LAWS".

Acts 15:23-29
The Apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia. Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom WE GAVE NO SUCH COMMANDMENT: It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.
FOR IT SEEMED GOOD TO THE HOLY GHOST, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well.
Fare ye well.

So what is the TRUTH of the Faith versus Works and the Grace versus Law issues?


LOVE FULFILLS THE LAW TRUTH
LOVE IS THE FULFILLING OF THE LAW AND GRACE

Here is a Scripture I would like you to ponder on ...

Matthew 5:17-19
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the Prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till Heaven and Earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus has made it clear in the Scripture just presented that the Law will not change until Heaven and Earth pass away. He also made it clear that any who teacheth against the commandments shall be least in the Kingdom of Heaven which does NOT sound good.

I would like to reveal to you a few Scriptures in which Jesus quoted LAW from the Old Covenant and then revealed the TRUE definition of said law. Make sure you are tuned in to the Holy Spirit as to discern what is being shared cuz it gets very interesting.

Matthew 5:21-22
Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: BUT I SAY UNTO YOU, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Do you see how Jesus revealed the SPIRITUAL ESSENCE OF THE LAW which was contrary to the carnal understanding of man? Here is another example:

Matthew 5:27-29
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: BUT I SAY UNTO YOU, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.


LOVE FULFILLS THE LAW IN THE NEW COVENANT
LOVE IS THE FULFILLING OF THE LAW AND MERCY

Jesus is not CHANGING the LAW but rather DEFINING IT from a SPIRITUAL point of view ... GODS. Here is another ...

Matthew 5:38-42
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Notice how this interpretation of the LAW is quite CONTRARY to how one would perceive it had they just read the original LAW the way it had been written? Instead of retaliating against one that hurts you as the LAW appears to suggest, Jesus defines it MUCH differently. In TRUTH ... It is the exact OPPOSITE. Just like this next one is ...

Matthew 5:43-45
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. BUT I SAY UNTO YOU, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in Heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Again this is a complete opposite interpretation than what one would understand the LAW to be suggesting. Then there is the most popular one ...

John 8:3-7
And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto Him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto Him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting Him, that they might have to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground, as though He heard them not. So when they continued asking Him, He lifted up Himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.


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LOVE IS THE FULFILLING OF THE LAW RESEARCH

The LAW in the OLD COVENANT said this woman was to be stoned, but Jesus made it clear that those who were without sin should cast the first stone KNOWING she would NOT be stoned which is CONTRARY to manís carnal perception of the LAW.

This Scripture pretty much sums it up for me as far as Religious souls who think they are justified by the LAW and are better than Sinners ...

Luke 18:10-14
Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto Heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a SINNER. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

But remember what Jesus said ...

Matthew 5:17-19
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the Prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till Heaven and Earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

So ... How do we comprehend such different interpretations? I mean the LAW of the Old Covenant and the interpretation of Jesus are COMPLETELY different, at least from a carnal point of view. We know Jesus is not DESTROYING the LAW so whatís up?


LOVE FULFILLS THE LAW BIBLE VERSE INSIGHT
WHY LOVE IS THE FULFILLING OF THE LAW

The answer is ... Jesus is not changing the law of the OLD COVENANT but rather defining THE SAME LAWS as it is in the NEW COVENANT. But how is He FULFILLING the LAW? What is the FULFILLMENT of the LAW? Check this out ...

Romans 13:8-10
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for
he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

LOVE is the FULFILLMENT of the LAW in the New Covenant.

Mark 12:28-31
And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Love is an essential ingredient in the New Covenant
as is mercy and forgiveness and Grace.

Matthew 9:13
But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

The New Covenant is based on the LAWS of the Old Covenant but Jesus has made it OBVIOUS that the interpretation of the LAW as it applies to the New Covenant is NOT the same as the perception of those bound by the Old Covenant.

Romans 3:19-24
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are
under the law
: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the Prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His Grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus


LOVE FULFILLS THE LAW BLESSING
LOVE IS THE FULFILLING OF THE LAW HOPE

According to the Word of God ... The Laws of the Old Covenant became a CURSE when mankind had failed to keep the Covenant made between God and the Jewish people and those who try and hold to the Old Covenant are BOUND by the Curse.

Galatians 3:10-14
For as many as are of the works of the law are
UNDER THE CURSE: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that NO MAN IS JUSTIFIED BY THE LAW in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the LAW IS NOT OF FAITH: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. CHRIST HATH REDEEMED US FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through FAITH.

Galatians 3:21-25
Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, WE ARE NO LONGER UNDER THE SCHOOLMASTER.

Jesus is the END or FULFILLMENT of the law ...

Romans 10:4
For
Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.


LOVE FULFILLS THE LAW SUMMARY
LOVE IS THE FULFILLING OF THE LAW CONCLUSION

So, what Fulfills the law?

Love of Christ within us toward one another.

Galatians 5:13-14
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
For all the law is fulfilled in one Word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

So we need FAITH and LOVE to fulfill LAW.

NOT TEACHERS OF THE OLD COVENANT LAW.

1 Timothy 1:5-11
Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; Desiring to be TEACHERS OF THE LAW; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

LOVE ONE ANOTHER ...

James 2:8-13
If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For He that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

It is very simple ... IF you truly LOVE ONE ANOTHER, you fulfill the law as you would never kill, steal or commit adultery against those you love. So the works of God is to BELIEVE in Jesus and LOVE ONE ANOTHER ...

LOVE IS THE FULFILLING OF THE LAW BIBLE VERSE REVEALS THAT LOVE FULFILLS THE LAW BECAUSE... GOD IS LOVE.

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