One definition of the word “law” is how something works. For instance if you let go of a book you will discover that it falls to the ground every time…every time. This is gravity. When you observe this take place time and time again and it never fails, we then call it a law, the law of gravity, right? Well, what if we took this same definition and applied it to God?
In the book of 1 John the Bible tells us “God is love.” If God is love then it is safe to say, love is God’s law or the way God operates. God’s kind of love is not necessarily the same kind of love the world thinks of. In fact there are several ways to define the word “love” but what we’re talking about is “agape” love which is an unconditional love which is a sacrificial love which is always for others.
If love is the law of God, or the way He operates, then anything that is attempting to operate apart from love is what we would call broken law. Therefore since God is love and we are made in His image, it just stands to reason that we were originally designed to operate in love, by love and for love. Sin therefore is something that defies how the universe was designed to operate therefore it brings in death.
Many say, “God created everything from nothing”, and in a sense that is true, but the truth is everything came “out from” Him. We read in Hebrews 11:3 “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” So we see here things were made from “unseen” things which isn’t the same as something that didn’t exist. God is love and everything was created by Him, through Him, and for Him. Love is the fulfillment of the Law of God.
You might say, well that oversimplifies things a bit doesn’t it Louie? I would say, yes and no. Yes because all that is required of us is to “love God with all our heart, mind and strength and love our neighbor as ourselves.” No, because without God Himself dwelling within us and loving others through us, as us, we are looking at an impossibility. The good news is “what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law (loving God and loving your neighbor) might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:3-4 NASB).