"BRINGING BACK THE
by Philip Mauro
There is urgent need
that the attention of the LORD'S people be directed to the laws of the
Kingdom. The subject of
- "the law of CHRIST,"
- "the doctrine of
- "the doctrine of GOD our
- "the law of the Spirit of
life in CHRIST JESUS,"
- "the apostles
- (which are some of the various
names given in Scripture to the laws of GOD'S present Kingdom), is
generally overlooked in the teaching put forth at the present day to
the children of GOD; and this neglect is the cause of many of the
evils which now afflict them.
- An important part of the work
which our LORD undertook under the New Covenant was to write His
laws in the hearts of His people (Heb. 10: 16). How important
this is, will be evident to us when we remember that the basis of every
government is its laws, and that upon the observance of those
laws the welfare of its citizens depends. Moreover, the honour and
glory of the Throne are involved in the observance of the laws given
by the Sovereign Ruler. The LORD has called attention to this truth
in the most impressive way in the closing words of His great
utterance familiarly known as " The Sermon on the Mount."
From what He there says it is certain that no system of teaching, or
other spiritual structure, can possibly survive the approaching time
of the shaking of all things, unless it be built upon that
Rock-foundation, which consists of CHRIST'S own sayings in The
Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 7:24, 25), which is the solid basis of
the Kingdom we have received, and which cannot be shaken (Heb.
- But the builders of the
elaborate postponement theory began their work by setting
aside the laws of CHRIST'S heavenly Kingdom on the ground that those
laws are "Jewish," and not for us. Hence it is easy to
predict the fate of what they have builded. In fact it is already
toppling over. It is not enough, however, for us to recognize the
fact that the LORD'S commandments apply to His saints of this
dispensation. For obviously we must also store those commandments in
our hearts, so that the Word of CHRIST may dwell in us richly,
in all wisdom (Col. 3: 16), and thus from the very centre of our
being it may find expression in all that we do and say. Let us then
take note of what the LORD Himself says about His own commandments:
- "Whosoever therefore
shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so,
he shall be called least in the Kingdom of heaven; but whosoever
shall do and teach them, the same shall be called
great in the Kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 5: 19).
- This is what He has put at the
beginning of His sayings. And at the end we find these solemn words:
- "Therefore whosoever*
heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken
him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. And the rain
descended, and the floods came, and the wind blew, and beat upon
that house; and it fell not; for it was founded upon a rock.
- "And everyone that
heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them not, shall be
likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand. And
the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and
beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it"
(Matt. 7: 24-27).
- *[Literally, "everyone
therefore whosever" words which admit of no setting aside or
postponing of these commandments of the Lord.]
- We should take due notice of
the significant fact that the SPIRIT OF GOD brought these sayings of
the LORD JESUS to the remembrance of His disciples, and inspired
them to record the same in the Scriptures, some years after the LORD
had ascended into heaven. This was in fulfilment of what the LORD
had promised them in His last conversation with them before His
betrayal and death; and it was for a purpose of vital importance to
them. He had pointed out that the only force constraining them to
obey His commandments was to be love for Himself, saying:
- "If ye love Me
keep My commandments."
- "He that hath My
commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me."
- "If a man love
Me he will keep My words."
- "He that loveth Me
not keepeth not My sayings" (John 14: 15, 21, 23, 24).
- And then, to let them know how
He would make it possible for them to have His "words" and
"commandments" and "sayings" in order that they
might show their love for Him by willing obedience, He added this
- "But the Comforter,
which is the H0LY GHOST, Whom the FATHER will send in My Name, He
shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance
WHATSOEVER I HAVE SAID UNTO YOU" (verse 26).
- In the light of these
Scriptures it is easy to detect the harmful and destructive
character of the latter-day doctrine which boldly says that
"the Sermon on the Mount is law and not grace,"
and that its commandments are for another people and another
dispensation. Most assuredly if those sayings and commandments of
the LORD were for another people, and for another Kingdom than that
of GOD'S "dear SON" (CoI. 1:13), it is impossible that the
inspired record should not have contained a clear statement to that
effect. But there is no hint of such a thing. On the contrary, it is
evident that the last survivor of the apostles had never
heard that the Kingdom had been "postponed" or was
"in abeyance." We have quoted above from his Gospel; and
in his Epistle also we have the words following, wherein the use of
the pronoun "we" forbids utterly the idea of the
postponement of the Kingdom:
- "And hereby do we
know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He
that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar,
and the truth is not in him.
- " But whoso keepeth
His Word, in him verily is the love of God perfected. Hereby know
we that we are in Him " ( I John 2: 3-5).
- The same apostle says further:
- "For this is the love
of G0D, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments
are not grievous " ( I John 5: 3).
- It is of the highest importance
to note that the call to obey the commandments of the LORD JESUS
CHRIST is included in His call to the weary and heavy laden of this
- "Come unto me . . .
and I will give you rest.
- "Take My yoke upon
you . . . for My yoke is easy" (Matt. 11: 28-30).
- The sin-burdened one receives,
on coming to CHRIST the forgiveness of his sins, and he is also born
again, being thus brought by the new birth into the Kingdom of God.
But the Kingdom is a Kingdom of grace, a dominion where grace
reigns through righteousness unto eternal life (Rom. 5: 20, 21).
For the yoke is not forced upon the pardoned sinner. He must take
it upon himself voluntarily, and his obedience must be
"from the heart" (Rom. 6: 17) "the obedience
of faith" (Rom. 16:26). This is practical truth of the highest
value, and truth whereof the people of GOD stand greatly in need at
the present time. Hence our fervent desire and prayer that those who
are gifted to minister the Word of GOD to His people may be awakened
and duly exercised as to their responsibility in this matter.