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The Permanence Of God's Word -Matthew 7:17-18

The post is an excerpt of message of General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor W.F. Kumuyi on 14/01/2017.
 The Permanence Of God's Word -Matthew 7:17-18, pastor kumuyi, retreat

In the text above, Jesus reveals to us the permanence and preeminence of the word of God. He also said that not one jot or title of it will pass away unfulfilled.

Jesus said, "Think not..." because everything we do depends on our thoughts. We must not think that Christ came to destroy the law and the prophets and then, we become lawless, uncontrollable.
Proverbs 23:7. As a man thinks, so is he. Our thoughts influence our actions, languages, etc.
Matthew 3:9. John the Baptist admonished the Jews to stop thinking in their hearts that they are Abraham's children, while they are not doing any of the good work he did, because God has the power to raise children for Abraham from ordinary stones.

When you think right, you act right, walk right, live right.

Esther 4:13-14. Mordecai sent a message to Esther: "think not" that you are secure, don't be at ease because you are in the palace, but rise up to the challenges of the day. She did not hold her peace, but did the needful, and at the end, her people were saved.

Matthew 5:17-18. Our Lord did not overrun but upheld the laws and the prophets. God does not change, Malachi 3:6. His wisdom, knowledge and understanding abide forever.

Three ways the law is used:
1. In a very limited sense: The 10 commandments. Romans 13:8-9, the moral laws, James 2:8-10. Christ did not come to destroy the moral laws or to give the people license to lawlessness, but rather to fulfill the laws.

2. The Judicial Laws: Body of laws used in governing the people, John 7:49-51. The penalty for breaking the laws of God.

3. The Ceremonial Laws, laws for sacrifices. The process of atoning for every sin committed.

A. Confirmed Finality Of God's Word:
Our Lord puts a seal of approval on God's laws, Matthew 5:17. What is the implication of "the law and the prophets"? It refers to the first 5 books of the Old Testament, Matthew 11:13; 22:36-40. Also the entirety of the Old Testament, John 1:45; Acts 13:15.

Matt 5:17-18. Jesus came to fulfill the Old Testament. The word of God that controls, directs our paths to righteousness, cleanses us shall never pass away, Matthew 24:35. It is greater than the whole heaven and earth, even as solid and established as they are.

No modification, change, adjustment, editing, taking away, or adding to the word of God.
God's word is infallible (no mistake), established, steadfast, II Timothy 3:16-17, the old with the new, ALL SCRIPTURE, the long, the short verses, chapters, are given by inspiration of God.

B. Christ's Fulfilment Of God's Word: Matthew 5:17-18.

Christ came to fulfill the word of God by every aspect of His life:
- His conception: Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21-23
- His birth, place of birth: Micah 5:2;
- His life: Isaiah 61
- His miracle working ministry: Isa 35&31; Matt 8:16-17.
- His messages in parable: Psalm 70; Matthew 13:34-35.
- His betrayal at the end of His ministry: Psalm 22; Matthew 26:47-51.
- His burial likened to that of Jonah in the belly of the whale for 3 days, Matthew 27:9, 34-35.
- His crucifixion: Mark 15:24-28.
- His resurrection: Luke 24:46.

All things must be fulfilled, Luke 24:27, 44-45. Jesus fulfilled the moral laws by giving humanity power over sin and the sacrificial law by offering Himself as the paschal Lamb for the final sacrifice for sins.

C. Christian Faithfulness To God's Word: Matthew 5:17-18

As believers, it is our sole responsibility to faithfully keep the law of God.

The Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you should be applied to work between:
* Salesmen and customers
* Parents and children
* School proprietors, staff and students
* Government and citizens
* Husband and wife
* Pastor and members
* Managers and subordinates
* God and His creatures.

The Golden Rule guides our relationship with God, as well as among ourselves. The Golden Rule is the summary of the law and the prophets, Gal 5:14. Love your neighbour as yourself.

No divorce, no remarriage, no infidelity in marriage.
If there's no law:
- No peace in the family, in society
- There will be immorality, unrighteousness
- No value for life, shedding of blood
- There will be anarchy, total breakdown of law and order.
Acts 24:14-16: Paul believed all things written in the law.

The law of restitution is the law of love, restoring to others what we have wrongfully taken from them: it could be a book, their honour, respect and dignity. Restitution brings joy to all, especially the hurt one.

Luke 10:25-28. Overlooking the law is overlooking eternal life. To have peace and enjoy eternal life, we must keep the law of God. They have not been cancelled, Matthew 7:17-18.

More grace, power and anointing upon our father in the Lord.
And for us: grace to obey the word of God.

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 Kemisola Omoyiola is a born again, heaven-bound daughter of the Most High God, a worker in Deeper Life Bible Church, who earnestly desires to win souls through her write-ups.

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