The Law Fulfilled (2)

THE LAW FULFILLED (II)

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. Mark 12:29-31 (KJV).

In this article we will look at the “second” which Jesus speaks of, and has to do with the final six of the Ten Commandments.

The fifth commandment, which is the first commandment in our relationships with our fellowman is, “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” Ex 20:12 (KJV). If you will notice this is the first commandment that has a promise attached to it (Eph. 6:2). The strength of a good society begins in the families of that society. If mothers and fathers are not respected, revered, honored, and obeyed, then that home will not be strong. If a complete society is full of dishonored parents, then that society will fall. Honoring our parents will bring respect for other people and strengthen other homes and societies. Remember, there is the promise of long life to those who “Honor your father and mother”.

The sixth commandment is, “Thou shalt not kill.” Ex 20:13 (KJV). That is the shortest one yet, but is greatly needed. One who “Love(s) thy neighbor as thyself” will not commit the act of murder. This is not a commandment against protecting one’s own life or possessions. It means, to commit no murder. The act of premeditated murder, where it is plotted and planned and even setting a “trap” to kill someone. That is the act that is forbidden here. Of course, the child of God would not desire to even take the life of anyone whether in an act against our own person, a family member or a neighbor.

This commandment does not take away the God-given right to government for sentencing and carrying out the sentence of death for a murderous or criminal offense which calls for the death penalty. Basically, this law holds the utmost respect for all human life. It should be applied to the SCNT, and abortion controversy. If we are to err let us err on the side of LIFE. SEE ALSO Matthew 5:21-22.

“Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Ex 20:14 (KJV), is the seventh commandment, and it to has to do with our relationship with our fellowman. Adultery, of course, is speaking of what is called today as, “Having an affair”. One married individual with another married individual who are not married to one another, and it could be adultery also, if one is not married and the other is. Would you want your wife sleeping with another man, or with a woman? Would you want your husband sleeping with another woman, or a man? The act of adultery is actually the act of a thief as well (Proverbs 6:20-35). God desires that we hold sexuality in very high regard. It is cheapened when marriage is given to homosexuality, polygamy, and what ever else could follow. See what Jesus said in Matthew 5:27-28.

“Thou shalt not steal.” Ex 20:15 (KJV). All of these commandments show that there is to be respect for individual rights given by Holy God. The right of parents to be honored and respected. The right to a life without fear of someone else taking it away. The right to have a good, solid, godly home where husband and wife trust one another, and there are no others, and this one the right to one’s own property. It also teaches to respect personal property. If you take something belonging to someone else, you have no respect for the rights of others. Others have worked hard to get what they have. They have earned the income which gave them the power to purchase that thing that you steal. You have no right to it. “Love your neighbor as you love yourself”. Would you want something that you have worked so hard for to be stolen from you? Of course not. Neither does your neighbor. Who is your neighbor? Anyone you meet or know, and those you do not know.

The next commandment has to do with how you speak of others – your neighbor. “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.” Ex 20:16 (KJV). How many times have the reputations of others been damaged, by knowingly false information, given by someone out to destroy them? You may think, “Well, I would never do that”. Really!!! Have you ever told a story you had heard on anyone, and it was nothing but gossip. Even if it is true, it is sometimes best to not pass on a story you have heard of someone. Not only can it destroy the person whom the story is about, but it could also come back on you. The question I have asked of the others carries over here as well. Would you like someone to tell a story on you? A person can be a “False witness” even in telling a true story, by the wrong intention of the heart. When Christ is in the heart, and reigns supremely these laws are written there with great desire to obey them for His honor and glory.

The final commandment is, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.” Ex 20:17 (KJV). In the New Testament “Covetousness” is called idolatry (Col. 3:5). Basically, this could be called the capstone of all the commandments. It is certain that if your heart is on other things, it is certainly not on God alone, thus, breaking the first four commandments, and it is not right with your fellowman, because you want what she/he has. Jealousy, envy, whatever you want to call it is there, and you care nothing for your neighbor. This command has to do with being satisfied with your own. Look at these admonitions from God’s Word – “And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.” Luke 3:14 (KJV). “For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” Eph 5:5 (KJV). “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Phil 4:11 (KJV). “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” 1 Tim 6:7-8 (KJV).

The Law of God written in our hearts just as God declared to the prophets. See Ezekiel 11:19 and 36:26. Without Jesus death on the cross the Law condemns us, because we are powerless to obey these laws, but with Jesus as our Savior He abides in us thus fulfilling the law in our lives. Glory be to Jesus our Lord and Savior.

-by Tim A. Blankenship

6 thoughts on “The Law Fulfilled (2)

  1. Dave, I don’t believe we are in disagreement with one another. We do love one another as believers, and our love for the unbelieving world is seen in our prayers for them and our deep respect for all life and especially human life – the lost or saved.
    No one can love the lost world like a believer. We do have the love and mind of Christ.
    T.A.

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  2. Dear Tim,

    I disagree with your read on this commandment, but appreciate your sharing your view. For a bunch of reasons, my read is that this commandment was intended to apply to our love for all people, and not just to our love for other Christians. But I know that there are differences of opinion among theologians on this, with some coming to your conclusion, and some coming to mine. I have written a currently unpublished book about John 13:34, and my website (www.davegreber.com) and blog (www.davegreber.blogspot.com) are devoted to discussing the commandment and its implications. I hope you’ll come visit sometime. I will keep an eye out for other posts of yours. Thanks for your on-line ministry.

    Love in Christ,

    Dave

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  3. Dave,
    This commandment was given solely to the disciples at the Last Supper. He intends God’s people to love each other for sure.
    I believe the Bible as a whole teaches us to love and respect all people, but not in the same fashion as Christian’s love one another.
    I don’t know if this answers your question. I am answering “off the cuff” so to speak.
    In His love.
    T.A.

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  4. Dear Tim,

    Do you think that the commandment in John 13:34 is that Christians should only love other Christians as Jesus has loved us, or do you think that we are also to love non-Christians as Jesus has loved us? Whatever way you go on this answer, tell me why you think as you do.

    I appreciate your blog, Tim.

    In Christ,

    Dave

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  5. Dave,
    Thanks for your comment. There is one thing for sure; when one comes to trust Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior we are changed. One of those changes is the love in our hearts.
    We are often told, “Christians are supposed to love one another”, but the truth of the matter is; Christians do love one another. If we don’t we are not a follower/disciple of Christ or a Christian. See 1 John 2:9; Christians are of the Light, not darkness. “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death” John 3:14. It is not that we have to love, we do love. If we don’t, we ain’t.
    I do not think any has been replaced. It has been fulfilled by Christ Jesus, and in us as we give ourselves to Him.
    T.A.

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  6. Tim,

    I would be interested in your thoughts on the new commandment that Jesus gave at the Last Supper:

    Jn 13:34-35

    34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

    35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
    KJV

    See also John 15:12.

    The Greek word that is translated as “new” means not only most recent, but also different in kind and character.

    For a number of reasons, I believe that Jesus intended to replace what we know as the “Golden Rule” with this new commandment. The Golden Rule is more than fulfilled if we obey the new commandment.

    What are your thoughts?

    Dave Greber

    dave@davegreber.com
    davegreber.blogspot.com
    http://www.davegreber.com

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