The Judaic faith states that the world hangs on three things: Torah (the first 5 books of the Bible), worship, and kindness. The Christian faith would say Christ, love, and charity. It is interesting that all three are encompassed in Christ…for Christ is love, and charity is the act of love.
The Torah is the book of the law with its 613 commandments, 248 positive and 365 negative. The Torah was handed down to Moses and each Old Testament Jew was expected to live by these commandments and in doing so their sins were covered.
New Testament believers are taught that they are not under the Old Testament law, but they often overlook that they are under the Law of Christ. The Law of Christ is every infinitive verb in the New Testament. The infinitive verb is every “to do” and “not to do” statement. There are probably more than the 613 commandments of the law. Here Paul states that those outside the law are under the Law of Christ.
1Cor9.21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law.
This verse tells us that the central point of the Law of Christ is love and charity. Gal6.2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Published on Sunday, February 5, 2012 @ 3:40 AM CDT