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What is Law

The preach on 10 October 2007[1] declared that the Law of the Kingdom of God is: “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!”[2]where Jesus is the Law.

What does it mean that the Law of the Kingdom of God is where Jesus is the Law?

It means that in the Kingdom of God, the Law is the way, the truth and the life. In the Kingdom of God, Jesus is the Law. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Jesus Law is the way, the truth and the life.

If we don’t understand what law is, how can we understand what is Jesus Law?

A body of law is made up of decrees, commands and regulations. But our minds have been infected with a virus, that is, the deception that law is about being permitted to do this, or not permitted to do that. And it is not only because we live in this world of man’s legislations, where man’s law is about “do’s and don’ts.” We should forget everything we thought we knew about law and start again, because the way things are in the world and in the church are nothing like what God had intended.

Note the observation of the prophet Isaiah regarding Israel because they would not listen to God. Isaiah said, “So then, the word of the Lord to them will become; Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there – so that they will go and fall backward, be injured and snared and captured.”[3] For the church, all we know is commands and regulations. The commands and regulations in the Levitical Law as recorded in the Bible have become an idol, because we diligently study the Scriptures for we think that by them we possess eternal life. Yet we refuse to come to Jesus to have life. We refuse to place all our faith in Him and His words and all the plans concerning Him. We refuse to live the Way, the Truth and the Life. And we refuse to walk in Jesus Law as one who believes and lives in Jesus and will never die.

God’s Law is not about what you do or not do, any more than preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ or spreading the Good News of the Kingdom of God is about converting people.

God’s Law is about truth. Just like preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ is about convincing people with testimonies of Jesus backed up with the power of the Holy Spirit. Conversion is achieved by rules. Convincing is achieved by truth. But convincing done by lies is a deception. When someone is convinced, he has believed with his heart and accepted the truth with his mind. The change in conduct that naturally follows is a reflection of his change in heart and mind. But conversion is a change in conduct without a change in heart and mind. It is an outward change only.

God’s Law is truth. Listen to the first command God gave to the man Adam, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”[4] Here, the Lord was simply telling Adam the truth and revealing to Adam that God does not desire him to die. This is why Adam must not eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. But it doesn’t sound like the God we think we know and fear, does it? We think God commands us what to do and not to do, and then is pleased to punish us. This is not true.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”[5] God’s laws to this Earth – the laws that He set in place as they are written in Genesis 1 are His decrees. His decrees such as “Let there be light” and there was light, and He called them “day” and “night” as He separated the light from the darkness. This is a law and it is the truth. This is why no one can break God’s covenant with the day and His covenant with the night.[6] It is because no one can break or destroy truth. It’s just that we never saw the sun rising in the east and the sun setting in the west, the tides coming in and ebbing out, as God’s Law because our minds were veiled to see and understand that God’s Law is truth.

Conversion is not the option for fruitfulness, because change that comes from within cannot be enforced by rules. Consider the Lord when He freed Israel. It is written, “But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. And when the Israelites saw the great power the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in Him and in Moses His servant.”[7] After this, the Lord gave His set of laws, degrees and regulation for the Israelites to obey and uphold, known as the Levitical Law or the Law of Moses. The display of signs, wonders and miracles convinced the Israelites. The commands, decrees and regulations converted their actions and conduct so that they would be righteous in God’s sight and He could bless them as He promised.

So how can I say that change that comes from the heart and mind must not be enforced by rules, when the Lord had given the Levitical Law to Israel? It is because the Lord never forced Israel to obey His laws. Israel bound themselves by their own word when they entered into a covenant with the Lord.

In the third month after the Israelites left Egypt – on the very day- they came to the Desert of Sinai. After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain. Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now if you obey Me fully and keep My covenant, then out of all nations you will be My treasured possession. Although the whole Earth is Mine, you will be for Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.” So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the Lord had commanded him to speak. The people all responded together, “We will do everything the Lord has said.” So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord.”[8]

What does this mean? It means that at the juncture where the Lord had delivered Israel from Egypt, the Israelites had a choice to obey the Lord fully and keep His covenant. They had the choice to walk away from the Lord. But by their word, they chose to stay. Therefore, they bound themselves to the laws under the covenant they chose to enter with God. God never forced anything on them.

The laws under a covenant are not God’s way of controlling His people. God is the Covenantor. His covenant is a promise of blessings, in which the blessings bring Him glory by fulfilling His purpose. The laws under that covenant ensures that the covenantee is righteous in His eyes – that the blessings are attained in righteousness – because the Lord will not let Himself be defamed or yield His glory to another. In other words, keeping the laws under the covenant ensures that the blessing promised under that covenant is well-deserved and God is not disgraced by any unrighteousness on our part.

What is Kingdom

Now that we know that God’s Law is truth. So understand that a kingdom is defined by its laws, just like a nation is defined by its customs or culture. A nation becomes a kingdom when the nation acknowledges its king and obeys the laws to honour the bloodline, and the power and authority under the king’s rule.

The Kingdom of Israel was called to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. This means that holiness or separation unto God was meant to be its custom or culture, that is, the distinctive character of that nation. A kingdom of priests does not mean that it is a kingdom of religious leaders in costumes performing ritualistic acts. No. Again our minds have been poisoned by the “what is but should not have been” of this world and the church.

For Israel, a kingdom of priests was meant to be a kingdom with God as their King, and the priests administering the laws under the covenant, and keeping the laws and the decrees for the nation of Israel. When Israel rejected God as its King and asked for a man to be its king, the king was still meant to administer the laws under the covenant for the nation. This is why Moses said that when the king chosen by the Lord took the throne of his kingdom, he was to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites.[9]

Therefore knowing your kingdom also means knowing the covenant you live under. We are to follow the laws of the covenant we live under, as it is proof of the kingdom we belong to. The obedience to the laws under the covenant of a kingdom is the proof of righteousness. The proof of righteousness is the entitlement to the right of citizenship. And the kingdom you belong to dictates your destination or destiny because God’s Law is truth.

So which laws and covenants belong to which kingdom? This will be covered in the ensuing teach. Amen Holy Spirit.


 

[1] http://www.holyspiritsworkshop.com/word2007/10.10.2007_BasicI.pdf

[2] Matthew 17.5

[3] Isaiah 28.13

[4] Genesis 2.16-18

[5] Romans 1.20

[6] Jeremiah 33.20

[7] Exodus 14.29-31

[8] Exodus 19.1-9

[9] Deuteronomy 17.18

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