Kingdom living is living righteously, Part 2
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addressed the matter of the Law of God.
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 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” (Matthew 5:17-18 KJV).
In the Hebrew language the slightest stroke of a pen can completely change a character, a letter of the alphabet, and therefore a word or meaning. This slight stroke is called the jot and tittle. The group of people to whom Jesus spoke knew the importance of the jot and tittle. Jesus said that not the least stroke of a pen would by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. In spite of the strictness of the Law, born again believers are not to struggle to live righteously.
Most adults know right from wrong. The report of indecent exposure two days in succession in Middletown is a real cause for concern. In these past two incidents, the individual is focusing on young teens. We need to be on alert. As the kingdom comes to earth, evil will be accentuated. Christians, we need to be about our Father’s business in every way possible.
In Romans, chapter 8, the apostle Paul speaks of the Law of the Spirit of Life. This is a higher Law. The Holy Spirit is our Source of Life and He desires to direct the course of our lives. Thus, righteousness is really God’s life in us. The Christian’s responsibility lies in obedience to the Word of God with God Himself (the Holy Spirit) to guide us. Kingdom living, or living righteously, is honoring this new life within.
God intends that we live victoriously on this higher plane of experience, which is available to us through the New Covenant. Most of us seem to prefer life on a pitifully lower plane than that described above. Consider the following issues that represent situations or traits that bring defeat to many.
- An uncontrolled temper
- A battleground for a home
- Indulging in pornography
- Overcome by grief
- Jealousy and resentment
Why do we make serving God so hard? These and other questions throw many into self-condemnation and rob sincere Christians of victory; but the answer to each is simple. Unless we live by this higher law or principle – the Law of the Spirit of Life – it is impossible to live righteously. It cannot be done in our own strength. We think and act carnally unless the life of Christ is ruling, governing our lives.
The life of Christ within is released by the Holy Spirit and realized in our actions as we acknowledge His Lordship. This involves yielding to Him, obeying Him. Sin will not go unpunished. Indecent exposure and other forms of immorality is sin. Repentance for sin involves turning from it, not simply apologizing for it. We need a cleansing of the land, and a Revival of godly principles to thwart the sick perversions in our midst.
That’s what Christianity is about.
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