“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12
Today’s theme verse alludes to a statement that all if not most of us are familiar with and have even quoted it more than once. It was even taught in schools (and still is).
In many bible translations, this verse is even subtitled “The Golden Rule”, meaning this is the rule by which everyone should measure themselves against.
Am going to introduce you to a new rule greater than the “Golden Rule”; this rule I term it “The Platinum Rule”.
As platinum is more valuable than gold, so is this rule higher than the “Golden Rule”. I know you must be wondering where this is going. Just stick with me for a moment.
The Rule of the Old Testament
The “Golden Rule” is a culmination of the “Law and the Prophets” in Jesus’ own words. Meaning the Golden Rule is the rule of the Old Testament which is good but limited and flawed.
Need I remind you of the fact that Jesus Christ came to fulfil the Law and the Prophets therefore rendering it obsolete and paving the way for a better rule.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Matthew 5:17 ESV
The Golden Rule is Obsolete!
With the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus, the Law and the Prophets came to an end. Ushering us into a new and living way.
“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” Romans 10:4 ESV
The Limitation of the Golden Rule
If you carefully examine the “Golden Rule” you’d realise that it focuses on YOU or US as the standard of measurement and it enforces self interest which is not something evil but my focus here is on a more excellent rule.
According to the “Golden Rule”, our ability to give or do good to another person is determined by the receiver’s ability to reciprocate.
If the receiver can reciprocate lavishly, we’ll give or do good lavishly. Conversely, if the receiver can’t commit as much, our magnanimity will be limited as well.
Is this how our Father operates? Not at all!
The Platinum Rule
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think…” Ephesians 3:20 ESV
Unlike the “Golden Rule” where we do as we would love to have done to us, the Platinum Rule in stack contrast requires that we out-do or out-give the recipient for his/her own benefit not ours.
The Platinum Rule puts the recipient of our benevolence at the centre. This rule requires that we do good without any expectation from the recipient. This sounds more like our Father whom the Apostle’s Paul calls us to imitate.
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.” Ephesians 5:1 ESV
The Platinum Rule out-gives and out-does; it has no expectations; it does good for the benefit of the recipient and for the integrity of the Kingdom.
The “Golden Rule” is for humans whereas the Platinum Rule is for Kings and in the God-class, the Father of Spirits whom we are called upon to imitate as beloved children.
Thank you Father for the new birth. Thank you for the knowledge by the Holy Spirit to function like You. I have a sound mind and the mind of Christ. I am a spirit and by the leading of the Holy Spirit, I function by your Word.
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