Have you heard about the golden rule?
“Do unto others
as you would like them
to do unto you.”
“This sums up all that is taught
in the Law and by the prophets”
What do you think Jesus meant by this?
I think of what He said in Matthew 5:17,
"Do not think that I have come
to abolish the Law or the Prophets;
I have not come to abolish them
but to fulfill them.”
It appears to me that the LOVE of GOD
IS the fulfillment of the Law,
and the WORD that the prophets foretold.
The apostle Paul said
in Romans 13, verses 8-10,
“Owe nothing to anyone -
except for your obligation
to love one another.
If you love your neighbor,
you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.
For the commandments say,
'You must not commit adultery.
You must not murder.
You must not steal.
You must not covet.'
These, and other such commandments,
are summed up in this one commandment:
“Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Love does no wrong to others,
so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.”
In the verses that follow, verses 11-14,
Paul exhorts us not to drag our feet.
In essence, he says time is running out
and that we need to be urgent
and put away our doubts.
Because we belong to the day,
and not to the night,
we must put on the shining armor
of right living
by clothing ourselves
with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Do you see?
Jesus is the fulfillment the Law,
He is the Passover Lamb!
In John 15:9-17, Jesus says,
“I have loved you
even as the Father has loved me.
Remain in my love.
When you obey my commandments,
you remain in my love,
just as I obey
my Father’s commandments
and remain in his love.
I have told you these things
so that you will be filled with my joy.
Yes, your joy will overflow!
This is my commandment:
Love each other
in the same way I have loved you.
There is no greater love
than to lay down one’s life
for one’s friends.
You are my friends
if you do what I command.
I no longer call you slaves,
because a master does not confide
in his slaves.
Now you are my friends,
since I have told you everything
the Father told me.
You didn’t choose me.
I chose you.
I appointed you to go
and produce lasting fruit,
so that the Father
will give you whatever you ask for,
using my name.
This is my command:
Love each other.”
Jesus modeled exactly what love means -
to lay down your life, swallow your pride,
and all of your fleshly desires.
From the fall of man, God showed his love.
He prepared His Word
to come as a Lamb,
as a blood sacrifice for humans -
to save us from eternal damnation.
Christ nailed our sins to the cross
and took on our punishment.
Romans Chapter 3, verses 19-28,
does a good job of explaining this.
“Obviously, the law applies
to those to whom it was given,
for its purpose is to keep people
from having excuses,
and to show that the entire world
is guilty before God.
For no one can ever be made right with God
by doing what the law commands.”
“The law simply shows us how sinful we are.
But now God has shown us
a way to be made right with him
without keeping the requirements of the law,
as was promised in the writings of Moses
and the prophets long ago."
"We are made right with God
by placing our faith in Jesus Christ.
And this is true for everyone
who believes, no matter who we are.”
“For everyone has sinned;
we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.
Yet God, in his grace,
freely makes us right in his sight.
He did this through Christ Jesus
when he freed us
from the penalty for our sins.”
“For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin.
People are made right with God
when they believe
that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.
This sacrifice shows that God was being fair
when he held back and did not punish
those who sinned in times past,
for he was looking ahead and including them
in what he would do in this present time.”
“God did this to demonstrate
for he himself is fair and just,
and he makes sinners right in his sight
when they believe in Jesus.”
“Can we boast, then,
that we have done anything
to be accepted by God?
No, because our acquittal
is not based on obeying the law.
It is based on faith.”
“So we are made right with God
and not by obeying the law.”
if we emphasize faith, does this mean
that we can forget about the law?
Of course not!
In fact, only when we have faith
do we truly fulfill the law.”
Jesus told His disciples:
“A new command I give you:
Love one another.
As I have loved you,
so you must love one another.
By this everyone will know
that you are my disciples,
if you love one another.”
We must understand
that Humanity is not capable
of loving the way God loves
without the help of God Himself.
“We love because He first loved us.”
1 John 4:19