In the New Living Translation Matthew 5:17, Jesus spoke these words: “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to fulfill them.”
No one has ever lived the Christian life but Jesus. He is the only one who ever did and He is the only one who ever will. And He will live His life by the power of the Holy Spirit in and through every born again believer by faith. Galatians 2:20 says: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Now hear this, as Christians we are not free to ignore the law; however, as Christians we are free to fulfill it by allowing Christ to fulfill it through us. It is called life in the Spirit. The Apostle Paul commands us to live by the Spirit so we will not carry out the desires of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)
Did you know that what we see as true may not be Truth? It may be a false Truth. How do we tell the difference between the two? Teaching that lands at our feet and tells us what we must do is not the Truth. However, teaching the lands at the feet of Jesus and explains what He does for us, in us, and through us is the Truth. Because Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Now some believe and teach that the Christian standard is higher than any other, and that it is their job to raise the bar for all of us. If that be true, I quit! I knowmyself, and in my flesh dwells no good thing. The standard that Jesus kept is higherbecause He was the one keeping it, in fact it was perfection and the only hope I have is that He keeps it through me.
That was the Apostle Paul’s “secret” made known to you and me in Colossians 1:27 which states, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” In 2 Corinthians 4:11 it reads: “For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that His life may be revealed in our mortal bodies.” There it is again! Truth is: JESUS IS: THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW. Put your trust in that truth and fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith.
LIFE LESSON: Jesus said “I have come that you may have life, and may have it in all its fullness.” (John 10:10) This is a two part blessing, first eternal life, and then life in the full (His abundant life). We cannot have the second blessing without the first; but if we have the first blessing without knowledge of the second, our Christian walk will be a sad struggle. Always remember JESUS IS: THE FULLMENT OF THE LAW…He is the way, the truth, and the life.
We appreciate your continued prayer and financial support. We need both to meet the ministry obligations. Thank you for your faithfulness.
Growing in His Grace,
Len Baker, Director