Only one law: The royal law

In true Christianity, we have only one law. The royal law which is the law of our great King Jesus Christ i.e., Love God and love others as yourself. Before I go any further, let me explain the three distortions of Christianity common in A.D. 50 and that have continued to reappear in other forms even today.  First, Judaized Christianity. Their definition of a Christian is a Jew who has recognized Jesus as the promised Saviour. Therefore, any Gentile desiring to become a Christian must first become a Jew. The second distortion was Legalized Christianity. To them Christians are those who live by a long list of “don’ts.” God’s favour is earned by good behavior. Lawless Christianity which is the last, believed Christians live above the law. They need no guidelines. God’s Word is not as important as our personal sense of God’s guidance. The above three aberrations are contrasted to true Christianity – those who believe inwardly that Jesus’s death has allowed God to offer them forgiveness and eternal life as a gift. They have accepted that gift through faith and are seeking to live a life of obedient gratitude for what God has done for them. True Christians should therefore seek to operate with one law – Love. Someone may ask, what about the Old Testament law of tithing? No where in the New Testament were Christians commanded to give tithe. However, it is a good principle to apply. Every month I transfer a certain percentage of my income (which I reference as grace giving) to the bank account of the local assembly where I fellowship. Our local assembly needs fund to pay bills, salaries and to reach out to vulnerable people in the community. Let me emphasize that giving ten percent of your income to a church that honours the Lord is a good idea however it is not a requirement to be saved or getting to heaven. Neither should you feel guilty if you are not able to give ten percent. You should also be willing to give more than ten percent if the Holy Spirit asks you to do so. When it comes to giving whether at ‘church’ or to your brother & sister in need, you should give as much as you can or afford. Give willingly and joyfully with understanding of the Words of our Lord Jesus ‘it is blessed to give than to receive.’ Christ however didn’t specify the percentage you should give. It is up to you to decide but know that giving is a universal law, the more you give, the more you will receive. Christ also said “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” He just wanted His followers to cultivate a lifestyle of giving because the best way to show we love others is by giving of ourselves and resources. And we shouldn’t focus only on money regarding giving. Our time, advice, friendship or food equally can be given. This week and beyond let love and grace be the motivating factors behind your giving and not the ‘law.’

“The Law is no longer an external set of rules, but it is a ‘law of liberty’ – one we joyfully and willingly carry out, because we love God and have the power of His Holy Spirit.”