Faith in Jesus and not by loving others (law)

Faith in Jesus and not by loving others (law):

What is the Law? Is it circumcision, the ten commandments, dietary laws, Sabbaths?

Jesus said that the entire law was fulfilled in loving God and people.

The Law is all about love!

Matthew 22 “35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

This was not just about loving people who are nice to you but also loving your worst enemies.

The Apostle Paul and James also said the same thing, telling believers to do this:

James 2 “8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.”

Romans 13 “8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

But we know that nobody is righteous by the law.

Nobody is as loving as God or Jesus!

How can anyone fulfill the law by imperfect love!

We have to be perfectly loving like Jesus to fulfill the law.

But we all make mistakes and struggle to love others (especially those who hurt us).

At times we get irritated, angry, frustrated with other people.

We find it hard to forgive other people who hurt us. We find it hard to love everyone, especially those who disagree with us.

Romans 3 “19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.”

This is why we are Righteous based on Faith in Jesus and NOT the law (loving others).

Romans 3 “21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith…..28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.”

The Christian teaching we have today is that we are saved / justified not by loving others but that we are then blessed with earthly blessings/rewards based on loving and forgiving others. They say that if we don’t forgive others or love others, then we cannot experience God’s love on earth even if we are still saved in the end.

The problem with that message is that creates a Dual-message of confusion. It says we are saved by grace but that earthly blessings or rewards are based on the law.

This is the confused message of “judicial salvation” by grace but “experiential salvation” by works.

You see the entire law is just summed up as “love others”. Today nobody is worrying about circumcision, the dietary laws, etc. As far as I’m concerned, the law is simply to love others perfectly.

If we are not saved by loving others, then we are not blessed on earth by loving others either.

If the greater blessing of salvation is by grace then how can the smaller blessings/rewards be based on the law (loving others). It is impossible.

Righteousness means everything: Salvation, going to heaven, God’s approval, God’s blessing, God’s grace toward us. And this is all by faith in Jesus and not by loving others!

Galatians 2 “16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified….19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

Righteousness is not by loving others. It is by Faith in Jesus Christ.

It is not by loving others but because Jesus loved me and died for me and now He lives in me because I believe in Him and not by loving others!

It is by Grace and not by loving others.

People say that Righteousness is about “right standing with God” and that is by faith but that Sanctification is by obeying the law (loving others).

They say that we are justified by faith but we need to do the work of loving others to be sanctified and attain God’s blessings on earth or approval/rewards on earth.

They say that when bad things happen on earth, it is because we didn’t forgive others or didn’t love others enough. That is not true. That is a mixture of the Gospel of Grace and the Law!

When we believed in Jesus, we became complete in Christ, with every spiritual blessing.

Ephesians 1 “3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.”

This means that God has made us holy and blameless. God says that we are perfectly righteous as Jesus because He fulfilled the law on our behalf. He loved everyone perfectly and His Righteousness was credited to us freely by grace. We did nothing but simply believe !!

Colossians 2 “6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.”

We received Christ, not by loving others (keeping the law) but by faith in Him. We were made complete in Christ. We lack nothing in Christ. We don’t need to love others to become sanctified or holy.

1 Corinthians 1 “4 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

We already have been saved, justified, sanctified, washed, not by works but by faith in Jesus.

1 Corinthians 6 “But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

We received the Holy Spirit not by loving others or being good people. We received it because we believed in Jesus. We cannot now try to be perfect by loving others and doing good deeds.

Galatians 3 “2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? … “

If we try to be perfect by loving others, we are then putting ourselves under the law.

Galatians 3 “10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.”

Jesus loved everyone and kept the law and then died as a curse on the cross so that we are blessed by faith without doing any works!

We are not required to love one another for salvation or earthly blessings/rewards because Christ is the end of the law to make us righteous by faith.

Galatians 3 “23 Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. 26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Romans 10 “4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. 5 Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.” 6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. “

The righteousness of the law is to love one other to be saved/blessed. If Israel loved each other then they were blessed with earthly blessings/rewards otherwise they were cursed with earthly suffering in Deuteronomy 28-29.

But the righteousness of faith is that we are saved and blessed not by loving others but by faith in Jesus Christ. It is purely by grace and not our actions!

So then why did the Apostles tell the 1st Century believers to fulfill the law by loving others? Why did Paul say that believers were chastised by God in 1st Corinthians 11 when they failed to love each other during the Lord’s Supper? Why did Ananias and Sapphira fall dead in Acts 5 when they failed to love their fellow Church (not giving all the money to the poor) ?

It was because the 1st Century was a transition period between Law and Grace between AD30 (cross) and AD70(removal of law)

Before the cross, the Law was fully in effect. Righteousness and earthly blessings was only by the law and not by grace. They had to love God and neighbor to be saved and blessed on earth.

On the Cross, the Law was canceled in AD30. Salvation was now given by Faith in Jesus and not by works. But the earthly blessings and curses were still based on how they loved each other (law). This is why the Apostles commanded the believers to love one another, otherwise they faced chastisement but were still saved.

But the Law passed away in AD70 when Israel’s nation and the temple was destroyed.

Hebrews 8:13 “13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.”

Today we live in the Age of Grace after AD70. The Law does not even exist today.

This is why we are completely Righteous, Sanctified, Justified, Saved, Blessed by faith in Jesus and not by loving others (law).

We love others only when we truly realize the love of Jesus. It is not by our efforts or trying hard to love others. It is when the love of Jesus fills our hearts and we are moved to love others supernaturally because God is working in us.

We are not called to run after the ten commandments or loving others to seek God’s blessings/rewards or approval because the law does not even exist today. If we do so, it will be a major struggle and we will be operating in human strength – resulting in failure and guilt.

This is why the message is simple today:

Believe in Jesus and we have everything (Salvation, Justification, Sanctification, Blessing, Approval, God’s favor)

It is not by loving others (law) but by grace through faith in Jesus.

The ungodly person (one who cannot love others) is made Righteous by faith in Jesus because He died for my sins and rose to make me righteous without works!

Romans 4 “4 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness….to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”

We are saved and blessed not because we love others but because Jesus loved us and we believed in Him. This is the Gospel.

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