In most cases, the establishment of law has been motivated by a desire to promote order and maintain peace among individuals. Its primary objective is to steer people in the direction of virtue and progress so that society’s future can be improved. There is no shortage of passages in the Bible that speak about the responsibilities that we have as Christians concerning the observance of the law. What exactly does it state there?
Jesus admonished men to submit to governing authorities and abide by the law since there is no authority apart from God and all that exists was instituted by God. As Christians, it is our responsibility to uphold the law. He did not come to eliminate the prophets’ law; rather, he came to fulfill it.
The Lord God always acts in a just and fair manner. Before He passes judgment, He first offers a warning, a reminder, and a commandment. This is done so that Christians cannot feign ignorance and argue that God is unfair since He did not tell them so earlier. Christ first lived a righteous life for us, so that he might guide us down the path that is right. He Himself serves as a guide for us to follow in determining the path we should take. He is the one who establishes the law and He commands that we adhere to it, telling us that this is how He demonstrates His love for us. When you love someone, the last thing you want is for them to be in danger; thus, he has already instructed us to obey the law in order to prevent this from happening.
Since God is divine, it is impossible for us to glimpse Him with our physical eyes here on earth. He created authorities in positions of governance; these people that hold positions of authority have been chosen by God to fill those roles, and He has done so in accordance with His will and His overarching plan. Because of this, it is imperative that their authority, as well as the law that is enforced down here on earth, be respected. When we rebel against such authorities and ignore their orders, we are acting in a manner that is analogous to rebelling against God Himself. He said in His word that those who are good should not be afraid of such governing authorities, but those who are bad should be afraid of such authorities because they will be punished if they disobey the law. Those who are good should not be afraid of the laws imposed because they will be adhering to the same. Because we are not only expected to have knowledge of the Bible but also to be obedient to what it says, it is incumbent upon us, as Christians, to be submissive and obedient to authorities as to what has been written. This is because we are not only expected to have knowledge of the Bible but also to be obedient to what it says.
It was a demonstration of Jesus’ obedience to God that He carried out the duty that God the Father commanded Him to accomplish when He accepted the mission. It has been made clear that He has put aside his role as God in order to take on the role of a human being. Nevertheless, during His time, the Pharisees challenged His authority and asserted that He abolished the law that God had handed down to the forefathers. It is important to keep in mind that all of the laws that were given by the prophets can be summed up in two commandments: the first is to love God with all of your heart, all of your mind, and all of your soul; the second is to love your neighbor as much as you love yourself. Jesus, on the other hand, said that the Pharisees’ claim that He abolished the law was not true because he did not get rid of the law, but rather fulfilled all of its requirements.
We can have a better understanding of this topic by referring to the scriptures that are included below. This teaching is brought up many times in the Bible to show how important it is.
1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.
17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work
For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
1 Peter 2:13-17
13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 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.
What Is The Importance Of Keeping The Law?
Laws protect our general safety and guarantee our rights as citizens against abuses committed by other individuals, organizations, and the governing body itself. There are laws in place to assist in making sure that everyone stays safe. There are also laws that would deter us from committing wrong because that will bring forth punishments. In light of this, what significance do these laws have when viewed through the lens of the Bible?
The law of God has been laid down in the Scripture. The law must be kept because we are taught how to love God and those that are around us. When we keep His law, we will be in a deeper covenant and relationship with God, but if we do otherwise, His Spirit will depart from us and we will be separated from Him.
Since the Bible defines sin as “the transgression of the law,” every time we do something that is considered a transgression, we are also breaking the law. For this, as Christians, it is imperative that we walk in accordance with the commandments in every aspect of our lives. When we disobey God, we experience spiritual isolation. This is significant because His law will be used to judge everything we have ever done and everything we will ever do in the future. This is the responsibility that falls on the shoulders of man, and nothing that we do, not even the things that we do in private, can be hidden from God.
Those who faithfully follow the law and implement it into their day-to-day lives, as well as for the decisions they make daily, will find that the law gives them life. It is expected of us to demonstrate our love for Him by obeying what He has commanded us to do in a responsible manner. By giving us the law, He has already made it clear what He expects of us; now it is up to us to obey and follow the commands that He has given.
It is brought up many times in the Bible to show how important it is to keep the law. We can check the following scriptures.
But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
1 John 3:4
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
The Lord Jesus Christ made it possible for us to accomplish everything with ease. First, He walked ahead of us on the path that we ought to take, then He instructed us on how to complete the task, and last, He prompted us once more to obey His mandates. It would clearly demonstrate how highly God regards us and how much love He has for us. There is no other form of love that can ever compare to what He endured to display His love for us, and this is the kind of love that will never be surpassed.
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