LOVE FULFILLS THE LAW

Rom 13:8-10

 

The Apostle Paul in speaking to the Christian gives a brief but important dialog concerning love and its importance to the believer.

 

In previous chapters we have studied the law and grace.

 

The law did not save but it allowed communication with God.

 

The law could not save.

The law could not change an individual inside.

 

Though the law could reveal explicit commands and show the desires of God’s heart toward man.

 

It could not cause him to live the life that would please God.

 

In fact, it shows man that he cannot in himself please God by his own volition.

 

Man cannot control his own behavior.

 

It must come from the inside.

 

There must be a rebirth.

 

A new person must emerge, born of the spirit.

 

John 3:1-7

1    There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

2    The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from

God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

3    Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4    Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

5    Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6    That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7    Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

 

A new birth, a Spiritual birth is necessary for the change to be wrought that brings salvation and the ability to control the flesh through the filling of the Holy Spirit of God.

 

The law could not place agape’ love in the heart of the recipient.

 

But those who receive Christ receive love for He is love.

 

Christ is agape’. He lived for others, and died for others.

 

He was and is constantly concerned with you and me.

 

What happens when Christ reigns in the human heart?

 

We see true love, agape’, in action.

 

 

 

 

I. LOVE FULFILLS THE DEMANDS OF THE LAW   (vs 8 & 10)

 

We have all sin and come short of the glory of God.

 

The Penalty for that sin is death.

 

The law demands shedding of blood for the remission of sin.

 

The Old Testament required shedding of the blood of animals on a regular basis for the continued communication with God.

The Lord Jesus Christ paid the ultimate and final payment for our sin on Calvary.

 

The law demands righteous behavior.

 

The old creature can be forced by decree of law to be obedient.

 

The problem being it is good only so long as it is enforced.

 

It is good only when the offender is caught and proven guilty.

 

 

 

Love is the true emotional character created and refined in the human heart by Christ

 

Love is described in 1 Cor 13 (read)

 

Love does not need surveillance to make sure it does right.

 

Love wants to do right.

 

 What the law demanded it could not achieve. It could only point man to righteousness.

 

 

 

The law is the schoolmaster and Christ is the fulfillment of the law.

 

Gal 3:24-27

24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

25  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

26  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

 

We are in Christ and He is the fulfillment of the law.

 

II. LOVE FORSAKES THE DESIRES OF THE FLESH

(vs 9)

 

Gal 5:19-21

19  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

 

Love says, “no” to the desires of the flesh.

 

Love operates under the controlling power of the Holy Spirit.

 

We are either filled with the Spirit or we are operating in the flesh.

 

We cannot be both at the same time.

 

God will work through the confines of the flesh.

 

The flesh has its own agenda.

 

Rom 13:14

14  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

 

When we put on Christ by allowing the Holy Spirit to control our body and mind, we must forsake the flesh with all its desires.

 

III. LOVE FORGES THE DELIBERATION OF THE SPIRIT (vs 10)

 

When we deliberate with ourselves, that is we weigh the facts of a matter or situation in which we are involved, the Holy Spirit brings conviction of sin, righteousness and judgment.

 

Gal 5:20-26

20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

24  And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

25  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

26  Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

 

James 4:17

17  Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Every decision we make should be filtered through the thought of this question, “How will it affect others?”

 

My decision to engage in harmful habits?

 

My decision to skip church or a church service?

My decision to not pray?

 

My decision to stop reading my Bible?

 

My decision not to witness?

 

We have a church visitation schedule.

 

Some of you decided not to go. Why?

 

How has it affected others?

 

Some of you use to visit on church wide visitation but you saw that others weren’t going and now you stopped.

Every decision we make affects others in some way.

 

How do you want to affect others?

 

Let us exercise the love of Christ that lives in each of us.

 

Love fulfills the demands of the law.

 

Love forsakes the desires of the flesh.

Love forges the deliberations of the Spirit.

 

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