From the Laws of the Old Testament Ethics taught by Jesus Christ in New Testament Fulfilling the Laws of the Old Testament
Grand Canyon University: PHI-05 Ethical Thinking in the Liberal Arts
November 3, 2013
Christ teachings and events that are in the New Testament originated from The Old Testament (Guthrie 1981, p. 893-894) according to the following Scriptures Gospel According to Matthew 22:33-40; Mark 12:27-32 and Luke 10:26-28). I agree with him when he says that “New Testament theology and Christology are inextricably woven together”. A study of the teachings of Jesus, therefore, provides a clear understanding of what the law may have meant. Jesus does not diminish the authority of the law but confirms his own authority as the “giver of the law” when he says “it says” but goes further to add “but I say” (Matt.5:17-47).
Living out the Christian ethics as taught by Jesus would be impossibility without the empowering of the Holy Spirit. Of course this implies that the ethical requirements outlined by Jesus are exclusive to the believer who has received the Holy Spirit in their lives. As much as Jesus describes the individual requirements of ethics in Christian living there is a communal responsibility incumbent upon every believer.
It is worthy to note that in his teachings of ethics, Jesus was not interested in the outwards acts of piety but was focused on the “inner man”. His emphasis was on the transformation of the inner man as a result of willingness to conform to the will of the Father. This again hinged on obedience. There are certain moral matters that Jesus addressed in his teachings. One of the major ethical issues addressed were hypocrisy, selfishness and condemnation of the sins of the flesh. On the issue of hypocrisy Jesus took a swipe at the Pharisees and Scribes in Matthew 23 by comparing them to white washed sepulchers with rotting corpses within. Selfishness was the antithesis of his teaching on self-denial that was the body of...