The law has not lost its force…

Luke 16:16-18

 “Until John the Baptist, the law of Moses and the messages of the prophets were your guides. But now the Good News of the Kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is eager to get in.  But that doesn’t mean that the law has lost its force. It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the smallest point of God’s law to be overturned.

 “For example, a man who divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery. And anyone who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.”

 “… that doesn’t mean that the law has lost its force. It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the smallest point of God’s law to be overturned….” 

“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. ” We recognize His authority and the authority of the law that was given by Him.  We also recognize the forgiveness from sin given through the sacrifice of His son.  How then shall we live?  His Son, Jesus, clearly lays it out for us.  The law was not done away with, it was fulfilled.  Are we following the commands of Christ? If not, we need the law for we are lawless in that place.  Forgiveness remains, done once and offered for all time.  The consequences of breaking the law, the need for a constant shedding of blood is covered in Christ’s death and resurrection.  But the law hasn’t lost its force.  Following the teachings of Christ places us in compliance with the law.   The question that arises for each of us to answer, truthfully, honestly between ourselves and God is this; are we following the teachings of Christ? 

 The answer to that question shows in our daily walk through life.  How then shall we live?  The answers are seen by all in our conversation, our actions which give proof to our thoughts.  How are we known?  Can others see Christ in us?  Are we His hands reaching, His voice teaching, His feet going, His body of believers doing?  Or do we look more like the Pharisee;”…You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts. What this world honors is detestable in the sight of God…?   …the Good News of the Kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is eager to get in…”  We are the Good News, do those who cross our paths hear and see it?

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