God’s Law in the New Testament

 

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In today’s class, we will be talking about God’s law in the new testament. Enjoy the class!

God’s Law in the New Testament

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Bible Text: Matthew 5:17-18

The law of Christ in the new testaments

The New Testament is the fulfilment of the covenant and the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel: Hebrew 12 vs. 24. The New Covenant is the law of love, it is the law that generates happiness, endurance, patience because the law was written while Jesus moved with his disciples.

Jesus told his disciples to abide in his love. He told them to love one another as he loved them. Jesus on the mount spoke to the multitude about the law of love. The quality of mind that produces genuine love must be regenerated by the blood of Jesus. The laws of Christ are simply referred to as the Eight beatitudes or the Eight blessings. It is contained in the book of Matthew 5:1-12. Jesus said that he did not come to destroy the already existing laws of the Old Testament but to fulfil them.

The eight beatitudes are:

  1. Blessed are the merciful for they obtain mercy.
  2. Blessed are the poor in Spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
  3. Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth
  4. Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted
  5. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God
  6. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.
  7. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake for there is the kingdom of heaven.
  8. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you falsely for my sake.
  9. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied.

The law of love

Christ’s law is concerned with love. We should love God with all our hearts. We should also learn to love our neighbours as ourselves. When this happens, we are exposed to persecution and all sort of dangers and when we overcome them the kingdom of God is ours. Remember that Moses’ law was received at Mount Sinai while that of Jesus was in the Sermon on the Mount. Again, Moses is ten in number while Jesus is nine. Moreover, the former teaches direct communication with God while the latter teaches the love of God and love of one another. Furthermore, Moses’ law is written on the tablet of stone while Jesus’ law is written in the heart of men.

Moral lessons

No society can exist peacefully and happily without laws. When the law is put In place, it is the responsibility of us all to see that they are fully complied with. We are good examples for others to follow.

 

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