Love is All You Need
What did Christ mean when he said he had come to fulfil the law? He said, “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.” (Matthew 5:17-18). Was he talking about keeping the law, or was there a deeper meaning to what he said?
Sacrifices performed in ancient Israel foreshadowed the coming of Christ by whose sacrifice we are saved, “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;” (Hebrews 10:11).
Man is perfected when God puts the law in his mind, “After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (Jeremiah 31:33). That law is the Ten Commandments which reflects the divine nature of God Himself. It is a law defining the love we should have toward God and toward our neighbour. God is the epitome of the law – He is love, “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (I John 4:16)
The law not only serves as a set of rules to show right from wrong but it foreshadows the nature that God will place in mankind. Once this has been achieved the law will be fulfilled which is what Christ said he came to do, “For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death… ..And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subjected unto him that put all things under him,that God may be all in all.” (I Corinthians 15:25-26, 28). In other words God’s nature represented to us by the law will be the only nature in all who have eternal life.
For most this will not happen until after they are resurrected and they accept Christ as their saviour. Until then the law must remain in force, not only as a set of rules but also to reminder us that the nature of God, which is the epitome of love, will be our nature as well – it will be all that is in all.