“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah.
“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
When we love God, we obey his commandments as Jesus rightly said. That really does not mean we are still under the law. Rather the law is now under us…. Because it has been written in our hearts and minds…
“For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace”
“If you love me, keep my commands. John 14:15
What do we really obey? Jesus went on to answer it in that same chapter
“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. John 14:23
What is the teaching of Jesus? I would love to borrow help from Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
“Christ promises that he would continue his care of his disciples. I will not leave you orphans, or fatherless, for though I leave you, yet I leave you this comfort, I will come to you. I will come speedily to you at my resurrection. I will come daily to you in my Spirit; in the tokens of his love, and visits of his grace. I will come certainly at the end of time. Those only that see Christ with an eye of faith, shall see him for ever: the world sees him no more till his second coming; but his disciples have communion with him in his absence. These mysteries will be fully known in heaven. It is a further act of grace, that they should know it, and have the comfort of it. Having Christ’s commands, we must keep them. And having them in our heads, we must keep them in our hearts and lives. The surest evidence of our love to Christ is, obedience to the laws of Christ. There are spiritual tokens of Christ and his love given to all believers. Where sincere love to Christ is in the heart, there will be obedience. Love will be a commanding, constraining principle; and where love is, duty follows from a principle of gratitude. God will not only love obedient believers, but he will take pleasure in loving them, will rest in love to them. He will be with them as his home. These privileges are confined to those whose faith worketh by love, and whose love to Jesus leads them to keep his commandments. Such are partakers of the Holy Spirit’s new-creating grace”
The teachings of Christ can be summarised as the Law of Chist which actually replaced all the laws that came through Moses. Why? Because the Law of Christ covers even the relevant laws that came through Moses and fulfils the ones we are no longer bound to keep. Now it is no longer the Law of Moses, we have no business with the Law of Moses anymore .
Let’s see how we obey the Law of Christ
Galatians 6:2 states,
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ ” (emphasis added).
What exactly is the law of Christ, and how is it fulfilled by carrying each other’s burdens? Although the Law of Christ was also mentioned in 1 Corinthians 9:21, the scriptures did not list a set of rules like was done in the old testament! That is the peculiarity of the Law of Christ. However, we have a strong guide which is the greatest of all commandments as defined in Mark:28-31
‘Which commandment is the most important of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The most important is, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’
The law of Christ, then, is to love God with all of our being and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
In Mark 12:32–33 , the scribe who asked Jesus the question responds with,
“To love Him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
In this, Jesus and the scribe agreed that those two commands are the core of the entire Old Testament Law. All of the Old Testament Law can be placed in the categories of “loving God” or “loving your neighbor.”
Various New Testament scriptures state that Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament Law, bringing it to completion and conclusion (Romans 10:4 ;
Galatians 3:23–25 ; Ephesians 2:15 ).
We don’t have to cram the over 600 commandments in the old testament or try to remember them! So, Christians are to obey the Law of Christ… That is why the Law has been written in our hearts and the Holy Spirit has been given to reach us all things! If Christians would truly and wholeheartedly obey those two commands, we would be fulfilling everything that God requires of us. We need not ask how to obey them if we have the Holy Spirit to teach us all things…. As John wrote in 1 John 2:27
“As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you (you don’t need any list of commandments to be read to you). But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit–just as it has taught you, remain in him.”…. (Emphasis are mine)
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26
So the Spirit keeps reminding and teaching us the words of Jesus even as he speaks to us through the scriptures.
Christ freed us from the bondage of the hundreds of commands in the Old Testament Law and instead calls on us to love. 1 John 4:7–8 declares,
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
1 John 5:3 continues,
This is love for God: to obey His commands. And His commands are not burdensome.”
Some use the fact that we are not under the Old Testament Law as an excuse to sin. The apostle Paul addresses this very issue in Romans.
“What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!” (Romans 6:15 ).
For the follower of Christ, the avoidance of sin is to be accomplished out of love for God and love for others. Love is to be our motivation. When we recognize the value of Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf, our response is to love, gratitude, and obedience. When we understand the sacrifice Jesus made for us and others, our response is to be to follow His example in expressing love to others.
Our motivation for overcoming sin should be love, not a desire to legalistically obey a series of commandments. We are to obey the law of Christ because we love Him, not so that we can check off a list of commands that we successfully obeyed.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for setting me free from sin and its consequences. Thank you for redemption through Jesus.