Kingdom Values 16
By Orimaye Paul Olakunle
September 13, 2020
Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Calvary greetings to you beloved reader. Trust you have been good? Many thanks for joining us again on this kingdom series. And if you happen to be joining us for the first time, you are most welcome. I sincerely trust that today’s series will bless you so much.
There’s no question in my mind as regards the fact that the Lord has been faithful to us since we climbed up the mount to learn from him the culture and principles of the kingdom, and the expected character of its citizens. We have consistently emphasized that the quality of our testimony as believers is largely a function of how much cognitively restructured we are in order that we might be able to accurately represent our king here on earth. For quite a number of weeks now, we have been examining different layers of teachings from the mouth of our Lord and king.
Last week, we examined one of the basic foundational truths that we must all come to apprehend as citizens of God’s kingdom. It’s about Jesus Christ, our king, being the fulfilment of the law and the prophets. We did realize that the law symbolically represents the first five books of the Old Testament also known as the Pentateuch, written by Moses. The prophets, on the other hand, refer to the books of the prophets (major and minor). These two broad classifications (the law and the prophets), together with others make up the whole of the Old Testament.
Jesus was saying in essence that he had not come to destroy the law and the prophets. Rather, he had come to fulfil them. The book of Hebrews did make us realize that the Old Testament was but a shadow of the new. They were pointing to Christ. Everything in the Old Testament all found their fulfilment in Jesus Christ.
It is important for us to understand that Jesus Christ is the centrality of the whole bible. The Bible essentially speaks about a personality called the word of God — Jesus Christ. So, both the old and the new are very relevant just that we are to interpret them in the light of Christ who is their fulfilment.
How relevant is Jesus revealing himself as the fulfilment of the laws and the prophets is to our kingdom orientation?
Let’s not lose touch with the fact that we are looking at these kingdom teachings in view of how they are going to change us from within to be kingdom-minded.
For us to be able to fully understand the import of Jesus’ proclamation of himself as the fulfilment of the laws and the prophets, let’s critically examine what a kingdom is.
Keep in your mind that Jesus Christ is the king of the kingdom… Okay? All right.
A kingdom, as defined by Myles Munroe, is the *governing influence* of a king over a territory (domain) impacting it with his *nature, character and will.* The *king* + the *domain* over which he rules is what makes a kingdom. *King + Domain = king’s domain (kingdom)*. So, simply put, a kingdom is a King’s domain. Now, it’s not just that the domain belongs to the king, everything that finds expression in the domain has its root in the king. In other words, everything is designed to reflect and express the nature, character and will of the king. The king alone determines what obtains in the kingdom. His will is what becomes the command of the citizens. His nature and character are what becomes the lifestyle of the citizens.
It is also necessary for us to realize that a kingdom cannot operate without laws.
Law, from the kingdom perspectives, is the system of compelling compliance to the will and the character of the kingdom.
All the laws that are put in place to govern the character of the citizens are an offshoot of the king’s nature himself. His word is what becomes the constitution of the kingdom while his nature becomes the laws of the kingdom. In other words, all the laws of the kingdom are embodied in the king himself.
So, when Jesus said he’s the fulfilment of the laws and the prophets, he was saying in essence that he, as the king of the kingdom, is the embodiment of everything that the laws and prophets speak about. The laws are but a revelation of his nature and character. The problem with the Old Testament people was not with the law itself but the people’s inability to keep up with its requirements. Remember that the ultimate goal of our redemption is conformity to the image (character) of Christ. Jesus is saying that all the laws and the prophets are fulfilled in him not necessarily in the sense that we shouldn’t have regards for them anymore but that we should now look up to him and pattern our life after him.
It is necessary for me to emphasize, however, that we are not to religiously follow the various laws and regulations of the Old Testament and jettison the person of Christ. No! That will be nothing but a religion that has no life. It is what the Bible calls “having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof”. We are not, at the same time, to exhibit an attitude of total disregards for the laws, and begin to live a reckless and irresponsible life in the name of we being under the new covenant, and not being under the law.
Yes, we are not under the law but if it’s true that we have fully embraced Christ, our lives should not portray sharp contradictions to the injunctions of the law; rather, we should now express them more brightly and clearly.
Beloved, Jesus, our king is the fulfilment of the laws and the prophets. And we are to follow.
Let’s not be unnecessarily engaged in vain arguments as regards the dichotomy between the old and new testament. Rather, let’s follow Christ intimately to the end that our lives can mirror his character and nature such that men can look at our lives and see the brightness of the law
Thank you and God bless you