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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” (Psalms 145:17 Psalms 145:17The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
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* Law—“All Your commandments are righteousness” (Psalms 119:172 Psalms 119:172My tongue shall speak of your word: for all your commandments are righteousness.
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Truth

* God—“You have redeemed me, O LORD, God of truth” (Psalms 31:5 Psalms 31:5Into your hand I commit my spirit: you have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
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* Law—“Your law is truth” (Psalms 119:142 Psalms 119:142Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and your law is the truth.
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Goodness

* God—“Good and upright is the LORD” (Psalms 25:8 Psalms 25:8Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
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* Law—“The law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good” (Romans 7:12 Romans 7:12Why the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
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Everlasting

* God—“Then Abraham called on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God” (Genesis 21:33 Genesis 21:33And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.
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* Law—“All His precepts are sure, they are upheld forever and ever” (Psalms 111:7 Psalms 111:7The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.
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Holiness

* God—“Be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16 1 Peter 1:16Because it is written, Be you holy; for I am holy.
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* Law—“Therefore the law is holy” (Romans 7:12 Romans 7:12Why the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
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Love

* God—“God is love” (1 John 4:8 1 John 4:8He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.
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* 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 Matthew 5:48Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
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* Law—“The law of the LORDis perfect, restoring the soul” (Psalms 19:7 Psalms 19:7The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
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Spiritual

* God—“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24 John 4:24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
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* Law—“For we know that the law is spiritual” (Romans 7:14 Romans 7:14For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
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Just

* God—“He is the Rock. His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice” (Deuteronomy 32:4 Deuteronomy 32:4He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
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* Law—“The law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good” (Romans 7:12 Romans 7:12Why the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
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Light

* God—“God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5 1 John 1:5This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
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* Law—“The commandment is a lamp, and the law is light” (Proverbs 6:23 Proverbs 6:23For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
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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 1 Peter 2:21For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps:
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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 Matthew 5:18-19 [18] For truly I say to you, Till heaven and earth pass, one stroke or one pronunciation mark shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. [19] Whoever 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 whoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
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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 Romans 2:13(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
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The only place the early New Testament Church could go to prove all things (1 Thessalonians 5:21 1 Thessalonians 5:21Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
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) 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 Malachi 4:4Remember you the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded to him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
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, “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 Romans 8:7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
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). 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?