The Law is Absolute and Ongoing

Matthew 5:18

I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

There is a lot of confusion in Christianity about what is expected of Christians today.  Some Christians hold fast to the idea of resting on the Sabbath and giving a ten percent tithe to the church.  Others say that these rules are not repeated by Jesus in the New Testament and thus they are null and void for the church age.

The truth, as with many things, is in between.  It would be foolish to say that any point of the law is unimportant to observe today because Jesus didn’t teach it.  He doesn’t need to teach it because He lived according to it and if He followed it, we should as well.

More so, Jesus taught that our actions are not enough, but the attitude in our heart is just as important if not more.  This is discussed in “Obedience of the Heart”.  Early Christians didn’t have any need to follow the ten percent tithe because they gave freely and gave whenever there was a need.  An arbitrary number wasn’t important as a measuring stick.

On the other hand, we can’t keep the law to the letter and we should stop pretending that we can.  We should always strive for perfection but have plenty of grace for others when they fall short of following the law.  After all, we’ll need it when we fall short as well.

The law is still our standard, we just can’t keep it.  Because we are under grace however, we shouldn’t beat each other up for shortcomings.  Instead we can thank God because we are all in the same boat.

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