Here is fresh way to think about the Law.
Remember seeing chalk-lines drawn on the ground indicating where at crime scenes a particular victim had been laying on the ground, but whose body had since been removed? The chalk-lines show attributes of a former presence but not a current one.
Well, this metaphor is a good one for the Law of Moses. It shows Jesus’ nature in outline form.
So, what if the REAL PURPOSE of the TEN COMMANDMENTS was NOT to tell us how bad WE can be, but instead how good and perfect Jesus IS?
In other words, consider the Ten Commandments as a “chalk line” of Jesus’ flawless divine nature. In John 5:46, Jesus said Moses wrote of Him. Jesus later confirmed that that ALL the Scriptures speak of Him.
Let’s now reread the Ten Commandments with this in mind:
1) Jesus IS God. It is IMPOSSIBLE for Jesus to be LESS than the Lord our GOD.
2) Jesus is the real divine deal, the object of our single eye, the only way, the only truth and the only life. It is IMPOSSIBLE for there to be OTHER Gods more powerful and real than Jesus.
3) Jesus carries the very name/nature of His Father. It is IMPOSSIBLE for Jesus to use His Father’s name/nature in vain and without complete victory.
4) Jesus is our completed Sabbath rest, our indwelling champion who also sits at the right hand of the Father. It is IMPOSSIBLE for Jesus to leave the Sabbath rest of His past finished work. He has already done ALL to save us.
5) Jesus loves and honors His Abba. It is IMPOSSIBLE for Jesus to dishonor His heavenly Father at any time.
6) Jesus is a healer, not a killer. It is IMPOSSIBLE for Jesus to commit murder, violence or coercion.
7) Jesus is so faithful. It is IMPOSSIBLE for Jesus to commit spiritual adultery on His bride the Church.
8) Jesus is a giver, not a taker. It is IMPOSSIBLE for Jesus to steal, rob or destroy.
9) Jesus is true. It is IMPOSSIBLE for Jesus to lie, manipulate or deceive.
10) Jesus is selfless. It is IMPOSSIBLE for Jesus to be jealous, covetous or envious.
Moses had an epiphany of Jesus on the mountain top of who Jesus WAS. But, by the time he got back down the mountain, and the glory had started to fade from his face, all he had left was a “chalk outline” of the Jesus who Moses encountered on the mountain-top.
Jesus “fulfills the Law” by replacing our OT “chalk line” understanding of Him with the real thing, the very presence of the very Son of God. This is why the literal Law is a lesser revelation than is the living Spirit.
No more chalk lines are needed. The Lord lives within us.
Jesus came to fulfill the Law.
But not in the stern way most wrath mongers teach
No, Jesus came to “fulfill” the law by “filling it full” of God’s grace.
Like a deflated raft, the Law was crumpled, flat and unable to keep us above above wrathful waters. Just like the markings on a deflated raft can’t be fully read and understood while it remains crumpled, the Law can’t be properly read until it is inflated by the Spirit of Jesus.
But Jesus filled the raft with His mighty lungs of goodness. He expanded it, enlarged it, and empowered it to keep us afloat and safe in the love of God.
The Law without Jesus’ breath of life filling it up is empty, inert and unable to save and protect us.
The Law looks one way when it is deflated, but an entirely different way when it is IN-flated with the goodness of God.
Make sure you are reading the fully “pumped up” version of the law of love found only in Christ Jesus. Moses brought us the deflated raft of the Law, but the inflation of grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. John 1:17.
Let Jesus inflate you today! After all, the Greek word for “spirit” literally means “breath.”