Did Jesus do away with the Ten Commandments?

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Many Christians believe somehow that God’s grace canceled His Law, and therefore, we don’t have to keep the Ten Commandments anymore. They feel that Jesus kept the law for us so that we don’t have to do it. But here is what Christ said about it “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17). The great Lawgiver Himself now reaffirmed the Ten Commandments as binding upon those who would be His subjects, and announced that anyone who should presume to cancel them either by precept or by example would “in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:20).

The claim that by fulfilling the moral law Christ annulled that law is not in harmony with the context of Christ’s statement. Such an interpretation denies the meaning Christ obviously intended to convey, by making Him virtually say, contradictorily, that He did not come to “destroy” the law, but by fulfilling it He canceled it!

It is clear that Christ was reading the minds of the Pharisees who were accusing Him of doing away with the law. He said, “THINK NOT.” Instead of abolishing it, He was actually doing the opposite. The word “fulfill” means literally “to fill; to make full.” The same word is used in Matthew 3:15 where Jesus spoke concerning His baptism, “suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness.” Christ fulfilled those Scriptures, just as He fulfilled all righteousness at His baptism, by obedience to them.

Paul exhorts the believers to “fulfill” Christ’s law in Galatians 6:2. And in Romans 13:8-10, Paul repeats the same message of fulfilling the law of the Ten Commandments by obedience to it “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” Thus, it is clear that the Lord did not do away with the Ten Commandments.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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