Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 5:17-20
The word fulfill is defines as, 1. To bring something to its full understanding 2. To give a complete and full essence of a thing. 3. To fill the full requirement or to show the complete thought. Now, what I am about to write may have some of you on the edge of your seats, but don’t worry as I will back it up with God’s Constitution. Keep in mind also, that the Lord Jesus came to fulfill or to complete the Law.
The Lord Jesus came to bring the true and complete essence to the law. The New Covenant was the complete intent of His Father’s Will. But what about the Old Covenant? Well, it has become obsolete. Now read what it says in Hebrews: For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord.
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. Hebrews 8:7-13
Please note: I have stated before that the Old Testament displays the Lord God’s standards and principles. It reveals His character and that will never change.
Keep in mind, when the Lord God was speaking of tithes, He was speaking to Malachi concerning the children of Israel. What do these scriptures say about the Lord God's character? He wants our obedience above all. He wants us to honor and worship Him with the things that matter most to us. He wants to be first in our lives; and He will bless us and be abundantly generous with us. “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, 'In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” says the Lord of hosts; “And all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,” says the Lord of hosts. Malachi 3:8-12
Please note: That is the most commonly used scripture in the Lord God’s Constitution to encourage church members to give. If we take some serious time to study the first four accounts of the Lord Jesus while He was here on earth, we will never find where He commands the people to pay tithes. What King Jesus commanded was that we “give” to the poor and needy. Read what He said to the rich young ruler: Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”
So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
He said to Him, “Which ones?”
Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”
Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Matthew 19:16-21
What we don’t hear is to pay tithes or even to give to the church; but only “giving to the poor". When we have the right understanding and are being led by the Holy Spirit, we will realize that we OWN nothing. The Lord God has given us ACCESS to all that we need.
Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need. Acts 4:32-35
Please note: There was no needy people among them when they had finished giving. Also note that no one claimed anything as his own. In essence, the people of the Lords God supported and took care of their fellow Believers, but too often this isn’t the case here on earth. If a church is following King Jesus’ instructions, there would be no one lacking in a home, food, clothing, etc. in the church. In Acts, the people brought their offerings to the church and the leaders gave it to those who had a need. We are told to be generous to others. We as citizens of the Kingdom are commanded to love one another and love is an action verb, which often involves giving!
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 These things I command you, that you love one another. John 15:17
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another. Romans 12:10
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8
Remember, your faith in the King is your greatest asset in His Kingdom.
All scriptures are New King James translation except where noted.
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