by Carron Lake @ www. thelightoftheword.org

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It is through our fellowship with the Father, by our receiving of HIS Word, that we become perfect. And like the light bulb that is designed to give light from the power source, we through the indwelling of HIS SPIRIT by HIS Word become righteous that we might shine as bright as the Son in the kingdom of our Father. As we have discovered in our study on the forbidden Fruit, the person who chooses to walk not in the counsel of the ungodly, or to stand in the way of sinners, or to sit in the seat of the scornful, but delights himself in the law of the LORD and meditates day and night in HIS law, he or she shall be blessed and shall be like the tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth His fruit in his season. In order for us to bear His fruit before the reaping of the harvest, we must meditate on HIS law that we might be as trees of righteousness.

David, a spirit of Truth, who received the Spirit of Truth from the Father, testified of the law of the LORD and said, "O how love I thy law! it [is] my meditation all the day" (Psalm 119:97). And because he meditated on the law of the LORD throughout the day, he said, "I hate [vain] thoughts: but thy law do I love" (Psalm 119:113).

David also testified and said, "I hate and abhor lying: [but] thy law do I love" (Psalm 119:163). With the love for the law of the Lord within his heart, David testified and said, "Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them" (Psalm 119:165).

Paul, a spirit of Truth testified to the church of the law and said, "love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law" (Romans 13:10). "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (Galatians 5:14).

It is clear from the testimony of both David and Paul that the law of the Lord was given by GOD to be as an expression of the heart. It was because of their acceptance of the Word of God within their hearts that Paul wrote and said, "...the law [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good" (Romans 7:12).

Yet, within the Christian community of churches-the body of believers, there are many who give their views as counsel concerning the law. Some have presented their views and teachings, that the law was given by God exclusively to the children of Israel and not to the New Testament believer. There are those who hold to the belief and teach, that the law has been done away through the act of being nailed to the cross of Christ and that the New Testament church is no longer obligated to keep the law as was required by the Jews. For it is their understaning, that "we are not under the law, but under grace and the new covenant".

There are those in the body of believers who teach, that because Christ has fulfilled the requirements of the law for us, we, the followers of Christ, do not have to fulfill them. It is therefore their understanding, that "anyone who tries to fulfill the law, he or she has fallen from grace and is placed again under the penalty of the law", for it is by the grace of Christ, that we are saved from the penalty of breaking the law. There are those who believe and teach as counsel, that the law was given by God to all men to keep and to obey. It is their understanding, that "it is by the law that all men will be judged". With so many different points of view being heard from among the body of believers, how would a person searching for Truth know which counsel is of God, that he or she might obey and follow HIS Will?

Many who say they are followers of Christ, look forward with hope of entering the kingdom of heaven, either after death or at Christ second coming, hoping to live with Jesus and the Father for all eternity. But this hope is mixed with doubt and fear, because they lack the clear knowledge of God's will. Should we as Christians in the body of Christ be divided on the subject of HIS law? Are we required to keep the law? When Christ returns for His church, will He say to us, "Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord" or will He say, "Depart from me, ye that work iniquity"?

What is HIS Will?
What does the LORD require from us?

As Christians, we study the Word of God to seek HIS guidance. As we do this, we cannot prevent our eyes from seeing the word "law" written on the pages of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. To avoid reading the word "law" as it is written in the Srcipture, some may even replace the word in their minds to be read as "the word". The question that comes to mind as we seek to follow God's will is, "Should we be concerning ourselves with the law of God?" And if we are to be concerned about the law, "How do we discern the laws, that are important and relevant to our Christian walk, from the laws that are no longer relevant?"

Which Laws
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As followers of Christ, we look to HIM to reveal to us HIS Way, HIS Truth and HIS Life, that He (The Word of God) might guide us into a deeper understanding of HIS Truth. It is for this reason that John testified and said, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world" (1John 4:1). If God is able to work HIS Power through His servants, then the servant of God will not be in conflict with the Will and Power of God. For it is He, Who will discern for us the laws that are required from the laws that are not required, that He might bring us into agreement with the Father's Will.

John a servant of God makes it clear, that if the Spirit of God dwells in us, we shall hear and know if the servant of God is speaking HIS Will. In other words, if we are One with Christ in doing God's will, He will bring us into Oneness with Himself and the Father, that we might not be doubtful of HIS Word.

The Father HIMSELF by HIS Word through His servant Hosea said, "Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because [there is] no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away. Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people [are] as they that strive with the priest. Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. As they were increased, so they sinned against me: [therefore] will I change their glory into shame" (Hosea 4:1-7).

Notice that the LORD had a controversy with HIS people in the land, because there was no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God among them. As a result, the people reflected those things that were planted within their hearts through their swearing, lying, killing, stealing, and committing adultery against one another, causing blood to touch blood. The people in the land mourned, because of these acts that were being committed in the land. As their glory increased, they separated themselves from God. It was for this reason that the LORD testified and said, that HIS people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, not because knowledge was not given to them, but because they had rejected the Knowledge God had given them and because they had forgotten HIS law.

Are we having these problems in our land today?

Are we mourning because of these things that
are happening to our friends and family
and even to ourselves?

Could it be that the LORD has a controversy
with His people in this land?

Could it be that we have rejected HIS Truth,
HIS Mercy, and the Knowledge HE has given to us,
that we might reflect HIS character in this land?

Could it be that we have also separated ourselves
from God and have rejected and forgotten HIS law?

Could it be that like the disciples of old, who
rejected Christ, we also have turned to our own way?

As it was with Eve, who trusted in the words of the serpent more than in the Word of God, men and women who believe themselves to be followers of Christ are today trusting more in the words of men than turning their hearts to the Word of God to receive HIS Truth. If we are to avoid having a controversy with the LORD and finding ourselves excluded from the fellowship of God, we must be obedient to God by following HIS Will, that we might know HIS Truth through searching HIS Word. We cannot rely on the wisdom of men to guide us into Knowledge of the Truth. For some might teach us to follow their way, and some might teach us to follow another. As followers of Christ, the Word of God should be our Judge to give us guidance in the Knowledge of the Truth.

From the very beginning in heaven, God entrusted, or anointed the two messengers at HIS side with the outshining message of HIS LIGHT. One of these messengers was the Anointed cherub whose name was Lucifer, i.e. The Light Bearer. The other Messenger is HIS Son, The Word of God, Who is the True Light, Who gives Light and Life to everyone born into this world.

Foundation of God's Throne
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When God created this earth, HE made every creature after its kind and said to HIS Word, "...Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them" (Genesis 1:26,27).

God created the earth and man to reflect the Light of HIS glory, that all might come to the Knowledge and Truth of God. By creating man in HIS own image, The Father through HIS Word made it possible for man to reflect HIS glory, that He through man might reveal HIS Righteousness, to make clear the invisible things of God, even the revealing of the Godhead and how the combining of two might become one.

But Satan, now bent on preventing the Truth of God from being made known through the children that were created in the image of God to reflect HIS glory, he, Satan caused man to doubt the Word of God and caused darkness and death to be his message.

But in His sermon on the mount, the True Light and Life of man said to all who heard HIS Voice, "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 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. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:13-20).

The Scribes and the Pharisees were men who thought that they were doing the will of God. Yet, when God the Father sent HIS Word unto them that they might hear and obey HIS Will that they might become One with HIM through receiving HIS Word, they rejected HIS Word, Whom HE had sent unto them. Today, the Father is still sending HIS Word unto us that we might hear and obey HIS Word that we might know HIS Will to be One with HIM through our receiving of HIS Word. The question of importance to us is, "Are we rejecting HIS Word Whom HE has sent unto us, that we might do HIS Will? Are we deying HIS Power in us to accomplish HIS Will?"

Through His servant Solomon, the Father said by HIS Word, "My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, [and] tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and [when] thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment [is] a lamp; and the law [is] light; and reproofs of instruction [are] the way of life: To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman" (Proverb 6:20-24).

Notice that the same Counsel given by God through His servant Solomon to the children of Israel, was the same Counsel that prepared the Way for the Word to follow. In other words, all the instructions given by the Father to HIS Son, He the Son received and give unto the children of Israel through His servants the prophets, that when He the Son of God became flesh, He would again receive the same instructions given by Him from His Father. In other words, He prepared the Way through the prophets for Himself to follow, that all who follow after Him, will come into fellowship with Himself and the Father.

Notice also that it is through the church that many are nurtured into the Knowledge of the Truth. If the church has received the instructions of the Word of God and is obeying and following the Word of God, it will not teach that the Word has come to destroy the law, or the prophets. In fact, the minister that ministers the Word of God to the church, he or she will uphold the Word of Truth in presenting HIS Teachings, that the Lord did not come to destroy the law or the prophets, but to fulfill".

However, if the Word of God did not come to destroy the law or the prophets, the question we should be asking in our search for the Truth, is, "What did the Word mean when He said He came to fulfill?" It is said by some that the fulfilling of the law means to destroy, or to do away with the law, but as the Word of God pointed out to us in His sermon on the mount, we should not think that He has come to destroy the law or the prophets. He came not to destroy, but to fulfill the law and to bring into fulfillment all that was said by the prophets. "Till heaven and earth pass" He said, "One jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. To suggest that the Lord came to destroy the law and the prophets, would be to present our thoughts and our ways over HIS Thoughts and HIS Way.

If a minister of the Word shall break one of these least commandments and shall teach men to do the same, he would be in conflict with the teachings of the Word and would be called the least by those who dwell in the kingdom of heaven. But if that minister would repent of his teachings and would do and teach the law, those who dwell in the kingdom of heaven shall call him great.

Whoever shall follow these principles presented by God through HIS Word and receive HIS teachings upon the heart, he or she shall become as salt to be an influence of good works, not only to his or her own immediate family or church, but an influence of good works for God to the whole earth. By receiving and obeying the Truth of God, he or she shall reflect the Light of the glory of God to all that are in this world of darkness and glorify the Father in heaven.

So the first step in glorifying the Father in heaven, is in receiving HIS Word of Truth, that He did not come to destroy the law or the prophets. He came to fulfill. We must accept His thoughts over our thoughts and seek for HIS Guidence in understanding HIS Will.

The second step in following the Way to the Father, is in comprehending what the Word meant in His statement of coming to fulfill the law and the Prophets. As we begin to understand His teachings, HE will put within us the desire to teach HIS law, that we might be called great by those who dwell in the kingdom of heaven.

The choice of walking in the LIGHT
or falling into darkness.

Whosoever shall do and teach the law, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Law of liberty But whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.

According to the Word of the LORD, Whosoever shall break one of the ten least commandments, and shall teach men to do the same, he or she shall be called the least by those who dwell in the kingdom of heaven. Unless that person's righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and the Pharisees, he or she shall in no case enter into the Kingdom of heaven. But whosoever shall do and teach the commandments of God, he or she shall be called great by those who dwell in the kingdom of heaven.

It is clear from the Word of the LORD, that if a person shall receive the Light of God, he or she shall be as salt to be an influence of good works for God in this world of darkness. And if he or she shall do and teach the commandments of the LORD, the law of love, which is upon the heart will be as a shining light to guide all those who are in this world of darkness. It is for this reason that the Light of God presented HIS message to His servants and said, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." He also said through His prophet, "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them" (Isaiah 8:20). If what we hear and read comes not from the Word of God, it is more than likely that it has no Light in it.

If we are to be as reflecters of the TRUE Light of God in this world of darkness, we must allow the Word, Whom the Father has sent to manifest and reflect through us HIS Knowledge of how He would come to fulfill HIS Covenant of love.

Notice: In order to discern whether or not the New Testament Christian should observe the Law of God to do them, read each section in the order presented.

1. Introduction   2. The Covenant   3. The New Covenant   4. Covenant Fulfilled  
5. Principles of God's law   6. God's Law of love   7. Conclusion  

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