Didn’t Jesus come to fulfill the law and abolish it?

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Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (Matthew 5:17-18).

Jesus Himself confirmed His Ten Commandments that He gave in Sinai. And He said that they are obligatory upon His children, and announced that anyone who should think to abolish His law would “in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:20).

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus the Author of the law made clear the true meaning of its principles and how it should be translated in the lives of His followers (Isa. 59:7).

The claim that by fulfilling the moral law Christ annulled it is not in harmony with the context of Christ’s statement in Matthew 5. Such an interpretation rejects the meaning Christ clearly meant. For the Lord doesn’t contradict Himself.

By fulfilling the law Christ simply “filled” it “full” of meaning—by giving men an example of perfect obedience to the Word of God, in order that the same law “might be fulfilled in us” (Rom. 8:3, 4).

Jesus added,till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one ittle will by no means pass.” The law being an expression of the will of God, and the plan of salvation an expression of the mercy of God, will never fail. For “the word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isa. 40:8).

A change in the moral law is no more possible than a transformation of the character of God, who doesn’t change (Mal. 3:6). The principles of the moral law are as everlasting as God is.

God will not change His expressed will (v. 17). His “word” will accomplish His good purpose, and “prosper” (Isa. 55:11). There will be no alteration in the divine principles, to bring them into conformity to man’s desires.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team


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