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The Good Shepherd

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This study concerning the Law is an enlightening one, that is, if we are to fully implement what is termed the Kingdom Life or The Church Life (Note: in the New Testament age the Kingdom and the Church are interchangeable terms). For an example of this we will choose Romans 14:17 which read, for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. The Term Kingdom in this context suggests the practice, the right or just practice, and the culture or conduct. In short but precise language this text depicts how the citizens of The Kingdom/Church would be proven, in matters pertaining to fellow citizens, whether new or old. The basis for all handling or dealing must begin in righteousness; we cannot have an improper or unjust perspective towards God, those within or without and even things. When this rule or conduct is implemented (this conduct requires firm discipline), it produces a beautiful fruit called peace in Hebrews 12:11 ‘No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it.’ Consequently, as we the citizens live by this proper living the joy in the Holy Spirit is evident, …Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Rom. 15:13 Having established this reality of the Kingdom, it should help us to see more clearly that this is the way, The New and Living Way that Christ has consecrated for us. This is simply, the way of the Spirit or living in the Spirit in contrast to living by the Law. First, why was the law given? The law was given to declare the standard of God. Without the law man would abide in total chaos. Everyone would live according to what was right in their own eyes. Leviticus 19:2 reads, "Speak to the entire Israelite community and tell them: Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy” (HCSB).

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