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Coming of the King: Week 8

Matthew 5:21-48: The Law of the Kingdom

Following Orders

We are about to see that the Law of the Kingdom is not about letter or loopholes but about inward reality. But how is that possible? Paul says, "Yet not I, but Christ who lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galations 2:20 and Jesus says, "Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not do what I say?" Luke 6:46 So which is it? It is both. God accomplishes his work, and you must obey, trusting that God knows what he is doing.

Let's look at some Scriptural analogies, beginning with Soldier and Commander. The righteousness that Kingdom citizens hunger and thirst after is a mission objective, but if you set out on your own to take out that enemy stronghold - you will fail. The Commander knows you intimately, equips you with just what you need for the tasks he has prepared for you beforehand. He will not test you beyond your strength. If you do not follow the direct orders of your commander - you will fail and will be disciplined. If you have faith in your Commander, you will follow his orders to the best of your ability, no matter how menial, trusting Him to accomplish the work, who knows our weaknesses. Failure to follow orders is a common reason why people fail to advance in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Another analogy is Student and Teacher. To learn a lesson, you must follow the instructions of the Teacher. Saying "I don't see how this is going to help me learn" is circular reasoning at best. You must trust the Teacher to know what you need to experience to learn the material.