The Law Mirrors God's Character

The Law Mirrors God's Character

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A few years ago a friend pointed out to me how God and His law are described by the same words. As Christians, we will find it interesting and important to compare the scriptures that describe God, to those that describe His law. The parallel is both astonishing and telling. Here is a partial list to consider.

Righteous

* God—“The LORD is righteous in all His ways” (Psalm 145:17).
* Law—“All Your commandments are righteousness” (Psalm 119:172).

Truth

* God—“You have redeemed me, O LORD, God of truth” (Psalm 31:5).
* Law—“Your law is truth” (Psalm 119:142).

Goodness

* God—“Good and upright is the LORD” (Psalm 25:8).
* Law—“The law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good” (Romans 7:12).

Everlasting

* God—“Then Abraham called on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God” (Genesis 21:33).
* Law—“All His precepts are sure, they are upheld forever and ever” (Psalm 111:7 8).

Holiness

* God—“Be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16).
* Law—“Therefore the law is holy” (Romans 7:12).

Love

* God—“God is love” (1 John 4:8).
* Law—“Love is the fulfillment of the law” (Romans 13: 10).

Perfection

* God—“You shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).
* Law—“The law of the LORDis perfect, restoring the soul” (Psalm 19:7).

Spiritual

* God—“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24).
* Law—“For we know that the law is spiritual” (Romans 7:14).

Just

* God—“He is the Rock. His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice” (Deuteronomy 32:4).
* Law—“The law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good” (Romans 7:12).

Light

* God—“God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5 ).
* Law—“The commandment is a lamp, and the law is light” (Proverbs 6:23).

If we as Christians sometimes find the law of God disagreeable, then it could signal it’s time for some serious fasting and soul-searching to find why we might have this frame of mind. Do we really think the Father gave us His law to punish us and make our life miserable? It is important that all Christians be Christ-centered and be imitators of the way He lived His human life (1 Peter 2:21).

It is important that all Christians be Christ-centered and be imitators of the way He lived His human life.

We as Christians, must pay attention when our Lord tells us, “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:18-19).

Reader, I appeal to your common sense. Look out the window and ask yourself, “Has the earth disappeared?” Christ loved his Father’s law and walked in obedience to it and so should we. It is not the hearers of the law that are righteous in God’s sight, but the people who practice and obey the law (Romans 2:13).

The only place the early New Testament Church could go to prove all things (1 Thessalonians 5:21) was the Old Testament. The New Testament was not put together for many years after the death of Christ. Malachi recorded in Malachi 4:4, “Moses, My servant, which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.”

Christ loved his Father’s law and walked in obedience to it and so should we.

In summary, to believe Christ did away with His Father’s law, one would have to believe Christ suffered an agonizing and horrible death to rid the world of something that was righteous, true, good, everlasting, holy, loving, perfect, spiritual, just and a light to a Christian living in a dark world. Does this make sense?

The carnal mind has a strong dislike for God’s law (Romans 8:7). It finds all kinds of reasons and excuses not to keep the law, but to reach the Kingdom of God, a converted Christian is expected to obey God (Matthew 19:16-19). After leaving one’s spiritual Egypt, Christians have a long difficult journey through a dark world. Does anyone realistically think he can reach God’s Kingdom, without God’s perfect law of love to light the way?