The Law of the Kingdom
FACT. “Thy kingdom come” is not an empty prayer. God’s will “will be done,” because Jesus is the Sovereign King. The kingdom of God has rules, they are called commandments and were written down long ago. Those who taught God’s laws did a terrible job, so God sent His Son to explain and obey them. The results were amazing. His Father answered His every prayer.
Now some would say, ‘It’s all about grace, God’s Ten Commandments no longer matter.” It is true that eternal life is guaranteed to those who believe Jesus died because of their sins. It is also true that if you believe this you will also believe these words of Jesus, “If you love me, keep my commands. (John 14:15)
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, nor the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-20)
When asked which is the greatest commandment in the Law, “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
The apostle Paul explained it this way, “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘ You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and whatever command there may be, are summed in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13:8-10)
We get to enter the kingdom of heaven because of what Jesus has done for us, not because of anything we have done or could do. Obedience is a matter of showing our gratitude and love for God. To believe, is to be compelled by the Holy Spirit to honor Christ as our King. I am sure that our prayers offered in His Name will then be heard.