The Heavenly Law

The Heavenly Law

Scripture: St. Matthew 5:27-28

“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, thou shalt not commit adultery:”

St. Matthew 5:28 “But I say unto you, that whosoever looked on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”


Verse 28 clearly elevates the situation to the level of the law of heaven. Heaven is not only concerned with what we do with our bodies (or what can be governed by earthly law). In heaven, the rule of law applies to both our outward and inner deeds. In heaven, our actions with our hearts are just as important as our actions with our hands and feet.

In the Michael Douglas film, It Runs in the Family, I saw this depicted. The character Douglas plays are a successful businessman who tries very hard to be a good man. A beautiful woman who runs the soup kitchen where he volunteers decides she wants to seduce him. Not out of disinterest, but out of a desire to avoid being a bad guy, he resists her temptation. He strives to lead a moral life.

But this woman is not one to be deterred easily. A few days later, Douglas’ wife is looking through his coat pockets for his cell phone. She discovers a pair of women’s underwear that had been hidden there by the other woman from him. “I didn’t do it,” he argues. I wouldn’t carry out this. That kind of man is not me. “All right,” his wife replies. I concur with you. It wasn’t done by you. Pause in the action. The question is, “But did you want to?”

Did he intend to? He wanted to, of course. He hasn’t been able to stop thinking about it for days. He did not, however, and for him, that was the crucial element. However, this act of betrayal of the heart was just as hurtful to his wife as if he had committed the physical act.

Jesus was exactly making this point. The ways of our hearts and minds may not be subject to legal restrictions here on earth, but in the heavenly realm, such restrictions are the norm. Not only does the law of heaven influence whether we speak the truth, it also influences whether we are sincere individuals. The law of heaven considers our love for our enemies in addition to whether we have hurt them.

The law of heaven shows not only how many minutes and hours we have spent in prayer, but also whether that prayer truly reflects the nature of our heart and will. The law of heaven is more concerned with our attentiveness to the Spirit on a heart level than it is with the spiritual persona we project to others.

This is what it means to be a tree that bears good fruit—to build a structure on a solid foundation.

 This is what it looks like to see the kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.


Dear Lord, we commit out hearts to you because only you alone know the condition of our hearts. Most of our hearts are filled with evils and are broken, please, mend that brokenness and create in our hearts a new structure that yields to the leading of the Spirit, Amen.

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Pastor Bob.

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Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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