The Law of Christ

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    Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness;
    considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
    For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.


    Galatians 6:1-2
     
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    Would you see that referring to the OT law, or to the NT principles laid out by jesus and in the Epistles?
     
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    Amen.

    Paul clearly saw the Law of Christ as being distinct from the Mosaic Law:

    To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law; to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. - 1Co 9:20-21 NASB​

    Paul sees himself as "not being ... under the Law" (referring to the Mosaic Law) yet not "without the Law of God," he is "under the law of Christ," as are all Christians.
     
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    Agreed!

    The law of Christ would, to me, be what Je taught in the Gospels, and what was further detailed/explained in the Epistles!
     
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    I'm not quite sure that's correct, though I'm open to revision. In John Mark's writings, Jesus defines the Law in His terms.
    Mark 12, NASB
    28 One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, "What commandment is the foremost of all?"
    29 Jesus answered, "The foremost is, 'HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD;
    30 AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.'
    31 "The second is this, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
    If the "Law of Christ" is to love God and love others, then it is not distinct from the Law of Moses, but a summation of it. In reading through the Old Testament Law, it becomes obvious that each one of the 613 commands given to Israel are either a command to love God, or love everyone else -- family, brother in faith, employee, employer, stranger. It makes no difference. Love is the key to the Law.
    While that may appear to be the case, and contradictory to what I just stated, I don't believe it is. I appears to me that Paul is addressing here "The Law" as the specific 613 commandments within it, without separating himself from the summation of it that Jesus gave in Mark. He, in other words, addresses what the Pharisees and scribes have made the Law -- a set of codicils established by Moses -- rather than what God intended it to be as Jesus summarized it: The command of God to love.
     
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    Good questions. Let me take them in reverse if you don't mind.

    I don't believe that you can read what Paul said here, and think he is referring to the Pharasisees misunderstanding of the Law. The passage again:

    To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law; to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. - 1Co 9:20-21 NASB​

    I bolded the particularly relevant parts above. He correlates being under the law, to being a Jew. The Mosaic law is clearly what he has in mind as it is what separated the Jewish nation from the surrounding pagans. I don't think you can read this and think he is referring to anything other than the 600+ OT commands including the Decalogue. The vast majority of the time, when Paul says "Law" he is referring to the Mosaic Law, occasionally to the Torah or the whole OT, but as far as I know there is no time that Paul calls the Pharisaical distortion of the law "the law."

    Paul sees himself, and all believers, as not being under the Mosaic Law, including the 10 commandments (This is where I must differentiate from my reformed brothers who hold to Covenant Theology and see the 10 Commandments themselves as the unchanging moral law.) yet before anyone says "Antinomian!" Paul says that he is "not without the law of God" but is instead under Christ's law. As yeshua1 said, I believe that Christ's Law is the teaching of Jesus primarily and then the expansion/explanation of Christ's teaching in the rest of the NT (which reaffirms 9 of the 10 Commandments;All 10 really, with Jesus himself being our Sabbath). The fundamental reason why Paul sees himself and Christians as not being under the Law (referring to the Mosaic Law) is because we are not under that covenant. A covenant and it's law are intrinsically related and cannot be separated. The Jews were under the Mosaic Law because their relation to God was via the Mosaic Covenant. Christians are under the New Covenant, and thus we are under the New Covenant law, the Law of Christ. I think this is made very clear in Paul's second letter to the Corinthians:

    But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory? For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory. For indeed what had glory, in this case has no glory because of the glory that surpasses it. For if that which fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory. - 2Co 3:7-11 NASB​

    Paul says that the "letters engraved on stone", which can only refer to the 10 Commandments as the summary of the entire OT Covenant (Ex 34:38) was not only a ministry of death but also was fading away in the days of Moses. It had glory, but it was a fading temporary glory that was already fading away in Moses' lifetime and has now been fully eclipsed by the glorious ministry of the Spirit. Just as the ministry of death and condemnation is directly correlated to the Mosaic Covenant and the engraved letters to that covenant's law, the ministry of the Spirit and righteousness directly correlates to the New Covenant and the New Covenant Law. To Paul, the Mosaic Covenant and it's law has faded away and been eclipsed and replaced by the glorious New Covenant with it's law.



    Jesus says that these two commands are the greatest commandments, he does not say that they are the summation of the Old Testament Law. Look at the parallel passage in Matthew:

    "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" And He said to him, " 'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.' "This is the great and foremost commandment. "The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' "On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets." - Mat 22:36-40 NASB​

    Jesus says that these two commands, love God supremely and love others as yourself, are what all the Law and Prophets depend on. In other words, these two commands are the foundation of the OT Law, not the summation of it. If something is the foundation, then it's existence or worth does not depend on what is built on top of it. These two commands are the greatest commands, not because of the OT law, but because they are the greatest commandments intrinsically. Therefore we can safely say that these two commands are the Law of Christ (at least in part) and yet still distinct from Moses' Law even though they were commands given in the Mosaic Law (Deu 6:5, Lev 19:18). Also, the fact that Jesus calls these two the "greatest commandments" shows that he is in fact drawing a distinction from the Mosaic Law. These two commands are almost lost in the surrounding texts about various other laws that are not even in effect today. These were not the greatest commands in the Old Covenant days, the Decalogue was as they alone were the "words of the covenant" (Ex 34:28) or the summation and core of the Mosaic Covenant.

    I know that was a lot, but I hope it was helpful.
     
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    The two books you recommended, while admittedly I do not have, the synopsis of both present problems. I will not get into them at this point. The concern I have with the article you present by Moo is that he seems to suggest, on page four, that because Christ is on the scene the world was now in the Christian era and therefore could be seen in light of Hebrews.

    This is rather odd for Moo. He is usually very reasoned. Jesus was certainly on the scene but they were still under OT law and Christ Himself said he came to fulfill the law not ignore it or abolish it. As Carson has said in other writings Christ was the goal and or the end of the law.

    With that said and in the context that Jesus was here to fulfill the law, when he said "On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." I believe it is very difficult to separate the OT law and what Jesus is saying here. Further Gill would disagree with you that the OT law is not summed up in these two commandments when he says:

    "Not that all that is contained in the five books of Moses, and in the books of the prophets, and other writings of the Old Testament, is comprehended in, and is reducible to these two precepts; for there are many things delivered by way of promise, written by way of history, &c. which cannot, by any means, be brought into these two general heads: but that everything respecting duty that is suggested in the law, or is more largely explained and pressed in any of the writings of the prophets, is summarily comprehended in these two sayings: hence love is the fulfilling of the law; see Rom_13:8."

    So taking a look at Romans 13:8-10 we see Paul himself tying these two commandmenst to the OT law.

    Further it is possible for these two laws to be both the foundation and the summation of all the other laws. Unless you take the analogy (foundation) to and extreme.
     
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    I don't see the problem. Moo is in agreement with Carson. That Jesus was the goal or the end to which the Law pointed. In fact Moo says this on page 5, "we would argue that Christ being the telos of the law means that he is the point of culmination for the Mosaic Law. He is its 'goal,' in the sense that the law has always anticipated and looked forward to Christ."

    In that way he fulfilled the Law, as well as accomplishing the righteousness demanded by the Law. Even though the OT Law was still technically in effect, the ministry of Jesus was a transition time and he was showing that all the Law pointed to himself and was fulfilled in his ministry.

    I don't see what Gill said here as being contradictory to what I said. He's right that not all that is in the OT can be reduced to those two commands, but instead the "duty suggested in the law" is ultimately to love. I agree. But I would disagree with the typical reformed position that those two commands are the summary of the law not the foundation. I believe the law starts with these two commands, that's why both the Law of Moses and the Law of Christ have them as their source yet are still distinct from one another.

    Yes, but even here Paul was showing that there is now a distinction between the OT Law and what Christians are to obey. No Jew, under the Old Covenant could have gotten away with saying "Well I love, therefore I fulfill the rest of the Law!" No. They were under moral obligation to do all the Law. Paul is saying that the whole requirement of the Law is now fulfilled in love. That is only possible because the covenant by which God relates to his people has changed and therefore the law that his covenant people are to obey has changed as well. There is great similarity of course, same God, many of the same principles.
     
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    Under the New Covenant, the Lord has established a personal/individual realtionship with all of his saints, and the way t He has given us to live as we ought is by trusting anf relying upon the Holy Spirit, and HE will produce in and thru us the "keeping of the tha law".... as he has written that upon outr hearts, and he is the One that gives us the power to live and fulfill it...
    Under the
     
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    There is a yet future "New Covenant" with the house of Israel and Judah, but it will come after "much tribulation".

    Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
    Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them
    out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
    But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD,
    I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
    Jer 31:31-33

    This is also repeated to the Sect of the Nazarenes in Hebrews 8:8-10 prior to 70AD,
    and the temporary "cutting off" of Israel in fulfillment of their destiny.
     
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    We are now in the New Covenant. The New Covenant was inaugurated by Christ, partially during his ministry, then fully in his death and resurrection.
     
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    Continuing on with Jeremiah's prophecy (vs. 34)
    And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD:
    for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity,
    and I will remember their sin no more.

    Note that this "new covenant" is with the house of Israel and Judah and concerns a "sin" singular.
     
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    We have been under the New Covenant since the ascension of Christ, coming of the Holy Spirit, but national israel will get under that on the whole at His second coming!

    As jews saved by God before that come in same way Gentiles do...
     
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    All our collective sins are frequently called "sin" in the Bible. That's pretty basic. so the lack of an "s" doesn't necessitate that the passage is speaking of one sin in particular, though I agree that primarily the sin of rejecting God and his covenant is in view here.

    Regardless the NT clearly shows over and over that this has been fulfilled in the ministry of Christ and working in the church today, and for the last 2000 years.

    [Luk 22:20 NASB] 20 And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.

    [1Co 11:25 NASB] 25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."

    [2Co 3:6 NASB] 6 who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.​

    Of course we can't forget Hebrews extensive dealing with this passage, that makes it clear this New Covenant was in effect at the time of the books writing.

    [Heb 8:7-13 NASB] 7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second. 8 For finding fault with them, He says,

    "BEHOLD, DAYS ARE COMING, SAYS THE LORD,
    WHEN I WILL EFFECT A NEW COVENANT
    WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH;
    9 NOT LIKE THE COVENANT WHICH I MADE WITH THEIR FATHERS
    ON THE DAY WHEN I TOOK THEM BY THE HAND
    TO LEAD THEM OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT;
    FOR THEY DID NOT CONTINUE IN MY COVENANT,
    AND I DID NOT CARE FOR THEM, SAYS THE LORD.
    10 "FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL
    AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD:
    I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS,
    AND I WILL WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS.
    AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD,
    AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
    11 "AND THEY SHALL NOT TEACH EVERYONE HIS FELLOW CITIZEN,
    AND EVERYONE HIS BROTHER, SAYING, 'KNOW THE LORD,'
    FOR ALL WILL KNOW ME,
    FROM THE LEAST TO THE GREATEST OF THEM.
    12 "FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR INIQUITIES,
    AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE."

    13 When He said, "A new covenant," He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.
    And:

    [Heb 9:13-15 NASB] 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.​

    [Heb 12:22-24 NASB] 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.​

    The New Covenant is a present reality, not awaiting some future inauguration. It has been in force for nearly 2000 years and was ratified by the shed blood of Christ.
     
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    This "New Covenant" will be with the house of Israel and Judah (ie: the NATION).
    Hasn't taken place yet.

    sin - sins plural
    new covenant - another new covenant

    See Jeremiah 31 & Hebrews 8

    Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night,
    which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me,
    saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. Thus saith the LORD;
    If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel
    for all that they have done, saith the LORD.
    Jer 31:35-37
     
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    What, exactly, is the Law of Christ? Is it the Old Covenant, the Law of Moses? Is it a summary of that Law, i.e. love God and love your neighbor?
    Or is it the sum and total of "all Jesus commanded?"

    My view is that it is the "all Jesus commanded and taught." Thus we are to make disciples, teaching them to obey all He commanded. Matthew 28:19-20.
     
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    A STUDY IN MATTHEW
    THE COMMANDS OF CHRIST


    Always do right, even with the little things.
    (Matt. 3:15)

    Study the Word of God, live by it.
    (Matt. 4:4)

    Do not take actions that depend on God’s action to have a good result, do not put God to the test.
    (Matt. 4:7)

    Worship God and serve Him only.
    (Matt. 4:10)

    Repent and do God’s will.
    (Matt. 4:17)

    Be a fisher of men, follow Christ’s example.
    (Matt. 4:19)

    Be humble and do God’s will.
    (Matt. 5:3)

    Be sorry for your sins and ask for forgiveness.
    (Matt. 5:4)

    Control your emotions, do what is right.
    (Matt. 5:5)

    Focus your desires on doing God’s will.
    (Matt. 5:6)





    Be merciful.
    (Matt. 5:7)

    Guard your heart, keep it pure.
    (Matt. 5:8)

    Avoid needless disputes, help others to work together.
    (Matt. 5:9)

    Do what is right, even if you are persecuted.
    (Matt. 5:10)

    Proclaim Christ, and rejoice and be glad when you are insulted, persecuted or falsely accused of all sorts of evil.
    (Matt. 5:12)

    Preserve and enrich what is good, boldly demonstrate God’s influence on your life.
    (Matt. 5:13-16)

    Do not accept the idea that you are saved from God’s wrath, if you are unwilling to stop your sinful ways.
    (Matt. 5:20)

    You must do more than avoid the acts of sin; you must have a kind and pure heart that does not focus on evil, anger or hatred.
    (Matt. 5:21-22)

    Do not harbor ill will toward those you should love, if you expect to draw near to God.
    (Matt. 5:23-24)

    Settle matters quickly with your adversary.
    (Matt. 5:25)

    Do not commit adultery by looking at a person lustfully.
    (Matt. 5:27)



    If the desires of the flesh cause you to sin destroy them - it is better to crucify the desires of the flesh than for you to go to hell.
    (Matt. 5:29-30)

    Do not divorce your spouse, except for marital unfaithfulness, and do not marry a divorced person, unless the divorced person was the faithful spouse.
    (Matt. 5:31-32)

    Speak truthfully and simply; let your yes mean yes and your no mean no. Do not embellish your statements with oaths or swearing to or by God or anything else.
    (Matt. 5:33-37)

    Do not try and get even with evil people, accept their assaults and do good to them.
    (Matt. 5:38-42)

    Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you, be perfect, gracious and compassionate as the Lord is perfect, gracious and compassionate.
    (Matt. 5:43-48)

    Be careful to have pure motives; do not do acts of righteousness, such as giving to the needy, before men, but rather in secret so that you will not be guilty of seeking the honor of men.
    (Matt. 6:1-4)

    Pray in private, rather than before men.
    (Matt. 6:5-6)

    When you pray, do not babble or use lots of words.
    (Matt. 6:7-8)







    Pray like this: Pray to the Father
    and recognize His authority.
    Ask for an understanding of His will,
    and the willingness to follow.
    Ask only for what you need,
    and the wisdom to avoid needless desires.
    Forgive anyone you think has sinned against you,
    and ask for forgiveness for your sins.
    Ask for guidance to overcome temptation, and
    for insight to keep falsehoods and lies far from you.
    (Matt. 6:9-15)

    Do not publicly proclaim you are fasting, but fast in a way that will be obvious only to your Father in heaven.
    (Matt. 6:16-18)

    Store up treasures in heaven, for where your treasure is, your heart will be also.
    (Matt. 6:19-21)

    Do not worry about your life, your food, your clothes or what might happen tomorrow. Instead seek the will of God and the willingness to follow and do what is right.
    (Matt. 6:25-34)

    Judge others as you would judge yourself, remember to judge yourself first, and be careful not to apply the commands of God to the unsaved.
    (Matt. 7:1-6)

    Be persistent in prayer, in seeking the good gifts of God.
    (Matt. 7:7-11)

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
    (Matt. 7:12)






    Judge those who claim to speak the word of God by what they produce; false prophets will produce bad results.
    (Matt. 7:15-20)

    Study Christ’s words and put them into practice – for no one who knows Christ practices evil.
    (Matt. 7:21-27)

    Trust Jesus and do not entertain evil thoughts in your heart.
    (Matt. 9:1-5)

    Go and learn what this means:
    “I desire mercy, not sacrifice, for I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
    (Matt. 9:13)

    Have compassion on the unsaved; they are like sheep without a shepherd, pray for more workers to increase the number being saved.
    (Matt. 9:36-38)

    When you go and preach “the kingdom of heaven is near” be careful not to act foolishly and be innocent of evil.
    (Matt. 10:16-17)

    Be afraid of the One who can destroy both the soul and the body in hell.
    (Matt. 10:28)

    Proclaim Jesus Christ and His gospel; do not hide your faith.
    (Matt. 10:32)

    Each day keep God first in your life; if you love yourself or anything else more you are not worthy of Christ.
    (Matt. 10:37-39)

    Give to the needs of Christ’s disciples.
    (Matt. 10:42)

    Do not say falsehoods about the Holy Spirit.
    (Matt. 12:30-32)

    The words you say reflect how godly you are - be careful to say good words.
    (Matt. 12:33-37)

    What you say reveals your heart; guard your heart from evil thoughts like hatred, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony and slander.
    (Matt. 15:20)

    Be on your guard against false teaching.
    (Matt. 16:5-12)

    If you want to follow Christ, you must deny yourself, even to the point of dying for Christ.
    (Matt. 16:24)

    Teach little children and all new believers to be holy and perfect; do not cause them to sin.
    (Matt. 18:5-6)

    Do not transport, convey or present the things that cause people to sin.
    (Matt. 18:7)

    Do not look down on new believers, especially little children, God is not willing that any should be lost.
    (Matt. 18:10-14)


    If a fellow believer sins against you, privately show him his fault; if he does not listen, take one or two witnesses and present it again; if he refuses to listen, present it to the church, and if he refuses to listen to the church, treat him as an unsaved person.
    (Matt. 18:15-17)

    If you pray in small groups, ensure that all agree that each request is in the will of God.
    (Matt. 18:19)



    Forgive those who sin against you, no matter how many times it happens.
    (Matt. 18:21-22)

    You cannot get to heaven by doing things; you must be perfect and give up everything, trusting only in Christ.
    (Matt. 19:16-24)

    Submit to the will of God; do not judge it unfair.
    (Matt. 20:1-6)

    Do not worry about who will receive the greatest rewards in heaven; just be a faithful and humble servant of Christ.
    (Matt. 20:20-28)

    Keep your focus on God in prayer, not on comfort or commerce.
    (Matt. 21:12-13)

    Pray in accordance with the will of God and you will receive it.
    (Matt. 21:18-22)

    Give to the government all that is due, and give to God all that is due.
    (Matt. 22:15-22)

    Love God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
    (Matt. 22:37)

    Love your neighbor as yourself.
    (Matt. 22:39)

    Do not follow the examples of church leaders when the examples do not match the requirements of God.
    (Matt. 23:1-4)

    Do not do righteous things seeking the honor of men, nor accept exalted titles – be a servant.
    (Matt. 23:5-7)


    Do not neglect the important matters: justice, mercy and faithfulness.
    (Matt. 23:23)

    Do not be a hypocrite; do not pretend to be righteous when you are full of wickedness.
    (Matt. 23:27)

    Act each day as if the Lord will return, let him find you a faithful and wise servant.
    (Matt. 24:36-51)

    Be thoughtful; do not overlook any actions necessary to proclaim Christ Jesus each day of your life.
    (Matt. 25:1-13)

    Do not be a lazy servant and fail to increase Christ’s flock.
    (Matt. 25:14-30)

    Be generous, kind and thoughtful; take care of your brothers and sisters in Christ.
    (Matt. 25:31-46)

    Make disciples of all nations, baptizing them with the authority of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything Christ commanded.
    (Matt. 28:19:20)




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  19. beameup

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    Follow your Apostle.
    1 Corinthians 13 (substitute the word agape)
    Of course, agape can only come from abiding in ("walking in") the Holy Spirit.

    If you want to live under the "rules of the Millennium", then follow the teachings of the Gospels.
     
  20. RLBosley

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    There is only one New Covenant. The one inaugurated by Christ in his ministry.
    All 12 were "my apostle" Paul preached the very same gospel that Peter preached, and that John preached and James, and Andrew etc.

    The fact is we are living in the Kingdom (veiled as it may be), as Jesus is our King already, we do not have to wait for the Millennium to follow Jesus' teachings. That is blasphemy to say that we do not follow Christ now, but instead follow only one apostle.

    The Law of Christ is certainly not the Old Covenant Law, as that covenant has been fulfilled and vanished away. Also, if it were the Law of Moses, or even the summary of it, then 1 Cor 9:20-21 is gibberish. I believe you are right, that it is all the teaching of Jesus. He is our King, we are his slaves, we are to obey his law, and the foundation, the simplest summation of his law is to love God supremely and love others sacrificially.
     
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