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The Universal Principle Of A Righteous Life-Matthew 7:12

 This is the most sublime condensation
of the moral law. Thoughtfully considered, it guides us in all our
relationships. This grandeur precept begins with the word “therefore.”
The word therefore, connects the verse to the previous verse. Earthly fathers
in their normal and best state of being give good things to their children, therefore
all things whatsoever ye (in your normal and best state of being)
would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them

The word, “therefore” is based on the best of
relationships – the Father/child relationship. Your heavenly Father will give
good things to His children – His true children who ask Him; therefore
all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to
them
.” Natural affection or divine love in the heart must be
established in the application of this precept which has been referred to as
the golden rule.

This word therefore prevents the
verse from being isolated from verse eleven. The closing phrase also protects
this divine precept from being misused by sinners. “For this is the law
and the prophets
.” This is the summary and the summit of the teaching
of the Lord and the doctrine of God’s faithful prophets calling men to righteousness.
Suppose an offender should be arrested by a man in authority. Suppose the
criminal should ask the officer whether he would like to be arrested if he were
in his position. Assuming the answer is no, he then says: ‘Do as you would be
done to’. That application will contradict “the law and the prophets.”
The first word, “therefore” and the concluding phrase “for
this is the law and the prophets
” rescue this ‘universal principle of
true righteousness’ from the hands of depraved men and women who are motivated
by selfishness, self-centredness and sinful propensities.

1.     The
Standard For A Godly, Unselfish Life
                            
Matthew 7:12; Proverbs 24:29; Genesis 21:23; 26:29;
50:18-21; Romans 14:17-19; Galatians 5:13,14,22-26; 6:1,2; Ephesians 4:28-32;
Colossians 3:12-17.
  “Therefore all things
whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them
.”
What a standard! Only the Lord in His supreme, supernatural wisdom could
summarise the commandments of God in one simple sentence. In all situations and
circumstances of normal relationship, in all things as we relate with others –
parents and children, husbands and wives, neighbours and friends, employers and
employees, sellers and buyers, professionals and clients, teachers and
learners, leaders and followers, citizens and strangers, lenders and borrowers,
landlords and tenants, rich and poor, privileged and less-privileged people –
whatsoever ye would that others should do to you, do ye even so to them.
       
  This is a precept of great
value. One may forget the details of many of the commandments of God but this
is easy to remember. It calls us to a gracious, godly life. It draws us from a
life of selfishness to a life of Christlikeness. It teaches us not to act from
selfish or unjust motives but to put ourselves in the place of the other person
and ask what we would expect of him towards us. This would make us impartial,
kind, considerate, just, gentle and tender.
 
  This standard for human
behaviour, if applied fairly and faithfully would banish cruelty, unkindness,
theft, adultery, murder, abortion, treachery, deception, envy, covetousness –
sinfulness in general. This precept will prevent unrighteousness among men. If
everyone would practise this the church would be a glorious church and the
world would be a better place to live, work and prepare for eternity.
2.     The
Summary Of God’s Unchangeable Law


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Matthew 7:12; Romans 13:8-10; Galatians 5:14;1 Timothy
1:5; 1 Corinthians 13:1-7,13; Hebrews 1:1,2; John 8:28,29; Colossians 3:12-14;
Matthew 22:37-40; James 2:8-12.

  “For this is the law
and the prophets
.” This is the sum or substance of the Old Testament.
And this is kernel of the result of the gospel of grace. It is a summary
expression of all the moral law required. This incomparable summary is our duty  to our neighbour in a nutshell. It is also
called “the royal law”.(James 2: 8).
 
  Our Lord teaches us that it
is not enough to learn or to believe, we must also do. In giving us this golden
rule, the royal law or this principle of true righteousness, He emphasizes that
faith or grace does not cancel the moral law. Faith or grace does not make the
moral law unnecessary. Faith in Christ brings salvation and salvation makes us
to deny ungodliness and lusts, leading us to live righteously and justly.
 
  This can be referred to as
the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:12). Here is the Old Testament and the New
Testament. What the Old Testament commands, the New Testament gives the grace
to obey. Righteousness was required in the Old Testament but the depravity in
the human heart did not allow the majority of men to do as God expected. Christ
has come to cleanse and transform our hearts. With the work of grace done in
the heart, the required godliness is now possible. And the guiding principle of
this righteousness is: “all things whatsoever ye would that men should do
to you, do ye even so to them
”.
3.     The Summit Of
Gracious Undeniable Love
  Matthew
7:12; John 13:34,35; 15:12,13; Romans 12:9-21; 2 Corinthians 12:15; Ephesians
5:25-33; Hebrews 13:1-4; 1 Peter 1:22; 3:8-12; 1 John 3:16-18; 4:7-21; Luke
10:27-37.
  “For all the law is
fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as
thyself
” (Galatians 5:14). All the commandments are “briefly
comprehended in this saying, namely,
Thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself
” (Romans 13:9). “If ye fulfil the royal
law according to the scripture, thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself,
ye do well
” (James 2:8).
 
  “God is love
(1 John 4:8) and the purpose of Christ’s redemption and salvation is to bring
us to God. His mission is to plant the love of God in us.  His message is to teach all men that
the love of God offers to save men from their sins. His miracle is to
transform Gentile stones (with hearts of stone having no tender feeling for
other creatures of God) to children of God with His nature of love. The
beneficiaries of His mission, the recipients of His message who experience the
miracle of His grace have the love of God shed abroad in their hearts. In
gratitude to God who gave His only Son to save them, they desire to love God
supremely. If we had given such great gift to save someone, we would expect him
to show his gratitude in a very practical, unmistakeable way. In deep
appreciation of Christ who has sacrificed His very life to save him (the
sinner) from sin and its eternal consequences, he (the saved soul) consecrates
himself to love His Saviour above everyone and everything on earth. If we had
paid such great price to save anyone from such great danger and damnation, we
would expect him to reciprocate with visible, undeniable, uninterrupted love.
In demonstrating his love towards God, he will want to convince all who know
him that he loves God and anyone related with God and anything associated with
God. He will love all the children and all the creatures of God. He will love
his neighbour as himself. Graciously and willingly, he will live by the golden
rule, the royal law: Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men
should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets

(Matthew 7:12).

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