2007-03-17

the law and prophets

Reading the sermon on the mount last weekend and also some other areas of the gospels and the new testament, where Christ is saying that doing unto others as you would have done to you is the fulfillment of the law and prophets, and where He says that loving God and loving your neighbor are the fulfillment of the law and prophets and Paul talking about that all commandments are summed up in the one "love your neighbor as yourself".

Here are a few thoughts about this:

we often talk about how the story of the old testament is in a way a story of us not being able to live up to the law that God set forth, that it is a contrast between God's perfection and our imperfection. Then Christ comes along and says that he is the fulfillment of the law, and that the fulfillment of the law and prophets is love. So, in this I see two things. Both that all the story of the old testament was a story contrasting God's perfect love with our imperfect, and showing how much He loves His people; and that as we LOVE more and more, and more rightly, we come closer and closer to fulfilling the law, we come closer to our desire of being godly.

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