Answers to Your Questions: God’s Law of Love
Q: Why did God give the Ten Commandments and the rest of the Law of Moses in the first place?
A: God gave us the Law to show us that we’re sinners, for “by the Law is the knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:20). The Bible says the strict Mosaic Law was our “tutor” to teach us right and wrong, and show us that we need to come to God for mercy and forgiveness (Galatians 3:24).
The Law is also God’s means of regulating the ungodly and those who do not choose to live by His Law of Love. “The law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners” (1 Timothy 1:9).
But once we are “born again” by the Spirit of God’s love (John 3:3) and have become “new creatures in Christ Jesus” (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV), we are free from the old Mosaic Law. “After faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor” (Galatians 3:25). “If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).
Q: Does this mean there are no more laws of God that Christians have to keep?
A: Christians are no longer under the Law of Moses, but now, having received Jesus and become His born-again children, we are under a new and actually much stricter law—God’s Law of Love as described by Jesus in Matthew 22:37-40.
Q: Does that mean Christians are free to do whatever they want, whenever they want?
A: No, God’s Law of Love does not allow selfish, reckless freedom to the detriment of others. To the contrary, we are now obligated to love others. If we truly do that, all of our actions will be ruled by love. “Love does no harm to a neighbor” (Romans 13:10). We’re not going to do anything to them that we wouldn’t want them to do to us.
In the Mosaic Law it was simply “eye for eye, tooth for tooth” (Exodus 21:24; Leviticus 24:20). But Jesus went much further when He said, “Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them” (Matthew 7:12). This is God’s Law of Love!
Q: If “God’s only law is love,” does this mean that we are free to disregard all the laws of man?
A: Of course not! God’s Law of Love does not free us from respecting society’s laws. Again to the contrary, the Bible instructs us to obey the governments under which we live (Romans chapter 13; Titus 3:1) and to “live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18).
Once we are “born again” by the Spirit of God’s love and have become “new creatures in Christ Jesus,” we are free from the old Mosaic Law.
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