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How Does Love Fulfill God’s Law?

          Speaking of agape love, Paul explained that “love is the fulfillment of the law” (Rom.13:10).   And he also stated that God’s “law is spiritual” (Rom.7:14).   So, God’s law is spiritual, and it is fulfilled BY spiritual love---agape love.

      Yes, to fulfill a spiritual law, it requires spiritual love.  It requires agape love---God’s own love.  Agape love is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal.5:22).   And the only way that a person can have God’s love, is by having God’s Spirit dwelling within him.  So, it is only by having the Holy Spirit dwelling within you, that you can fulfill God’s spiritual law.   And this makes perfect sense, when we realize that God’s spiritual law is a law OF love!   Yes, it takes love---God’s own love---agape love---to fulfill God’s law of love.

      Unless a person has the Spirit of God dwelling in him, he is not subject to God’s law!  (Rom.8:7-9).   But if a person comes to have God’s Spirit dwelling within him, he then has God’s own agape love; and BY that spiritual love, he can fulfill God’s law of love!

      God’s entire spiritual law can be summed up in the one word “love.”   This “love” can be divided into the two Great Commandments of the law---“love toward God” and “love toward fellowman” (Matt.22: 36-40).   Then, these two Great Commandments are further divided into the Ten Commandments---which themselves are further magnified throughout the Bible, especially in the New Testament.

      Yes, as Jesus Christ stated, “ALL the Law hangs on the two overall commandments to love God and to love fellowman (Matt.22: 36-40).   The first four of the Ten Commandments show the basics of how to love God.  The last six show the basics of how to love fellowman. 

      The way of “love” is not left to the interpretation of each human being.  “God is love” (I John 4:8), and He knows the way of love (Isa.55:8-9)---the way that leads to every good thing in life.  God’s love runs down the channel or “riverbed” of His Ten Commandments.  Therefore, if any particular action is contrary to God’s Ten Commandments, then what is being expressed is not Godly love!

 

Notice the following scriptures where “love” and “commandment-keeping” are linked together---and even equalized:

“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments (I John 5:3).

“This is love, that we walk according to His commandments (II John 6).

“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matt.24:12).

“He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.   But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him” (I John 2:4-5).
“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me” (John 14:21).

 

      Yes, the Bible plainly shows that love and commandment-keeping are linked together, and even equalized.  In fact, how could it be otherwise, when we consider that God’s law is the very reflection of His love and His character?!

      Consequently, those who say we don’t need to obey God’s law, are actually teaching against love!

      It is only by having God’s Spirit within you, that you can live by not only the “letter of the law,” but also by its spirit and intent.   Furthermore, God’s Spirit within you is actually Christ living His life in you (Gal.2:20; Rom.8:9-10).   And to the extent that you yield to Christ’s guidance, He will live, in you, the same manner of life that He lived 2,000 years ago---a life of agape love---a life of obedience to God’s spiritual law!

      “Love” is the way that God lives…and it’s the way He commands us to live.   And in telling us how to live, God gives us laws which He commands us to live by.   Yes, love---agape love ---fulfills God’s law (Rom.13:10); and the reason that love fulfills it, is because God’s law is a law OF love.  It is a law which reveals how to express true, Godly love.  And in order for you to keep God’s spiritual law in its spirit and intent,  you must have God’s own agape love within you---which you can have only by having God’s Holy Spirit dwelling within you!

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.  For a further discussion on Romans 13, verses 8 and10, see the section “Does 'Love' REPLACE God's Law?”

2.  For more on the subject of “fulfilling the law,” see “How Did Christ 'FULFILL' the Law?”