And thus, "(for I speak to them that know the law)" (Romans 7:1c), Jesus has become the High Priest for ever, not after the order of the Levites, but rather, as had been prophesied in Psalms 110:4, the "priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec" King of Salem (Hebrews 5:6b), the King and High Priest of the most high God in Genesis 14:18-20.
Thus, "being made a curse for us, ...Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law", even the Levitical ordinances of meat and drink. (Galatians 3:13b,a.) He is the High Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek ("King of righteousness") King of Salem ("King of peace"). (See Hebrews 7:2.) For indeed, "the kingdom of God is not ((after the carnal, Levitical ordinances of)) meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost." (Romans 14:17.)
And Jesus Christ, our King and High Priest, the Lord, has said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." (John 14:15.) In Mark 12:30-31, Jesus proclaims the Two Great Commandments: love of God and love of neighbors as our selves, the first one proclaiming, "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength." "On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." (Matthew 22:40.) "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." (Matthew 5:18.) Indeed, "love is the fulfilling of the law." (Romans 13:10b.) It is by love that the law is fulfilled, as the new covenant declared, "saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts". (Hebrews 8:10b-d per Jeremiah 31:33c-e.)
So it is a matter of love. "Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him." (1_John 4:15-16.) "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." (1_John 5:3.) "And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us." (1_John 3:24.)
While we do not confuse the Levitical ordinances of meat and drink with the COMMANDMENTS of God, Jesus was quite clear, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." (John 14:15.)
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