Sunday, November 13, 2016

Living Above the Law, by Dan Mayfield

I have been reading the Epistle to Diognetus which gives a picture of Christian life and belief in the first century. Written by a person who claims to have been taught by the Apostles, he speaks with simplicity and shows the simplicity of Christian living as marked by its goodness and separation from the world. 
I wrote recently about the Christian living according to a higher law of Christ which is superior to any law of man. Laws of man are for disobedient law breakers. But Christians don't need the laws of men to keep them in line because they live according to the higher law of Christ.

In the Epistle afore mentioned, in chapter five it speaks of the manner of Christian living in the first century and says this interesting remark, "They obey the prescribed laws, all the while surpassing the laws by their lives." Ch.5.
Paul taught the Galatians, "For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” Gal. 5:14. When Christians treat others the way they want to be treated, they will not harm their neighbors, which is the aim of all laws of man.
So indeed, Christians love "above" the laws of man because we submit to the higher law of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
One last word. We know of men and women of whom it is said, "they think they are above the law". These are lawless who breaks laws which they demand that others should keep. But they are not above the law of Christ and they shall answer to that supreme law some day. They may get away with their lawless ways for a season, but they shall answer to Christ on judgment day.

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