I want to share all of this to explain the scripture about Christ not destroying the law but fulfilling it. But really this is me explaining what we gained in Christ because MANY do not get it, and I’m talking specifically about people who profess to be Christians don’t understand what ALL Christ did for each and every single one of us. If you want to know what He meant read all of this please and go in your own Bibles and check and see if what I am saying is true, PLEASE. Pray and ask God if what I am saying is true. This scripture cannot continue to be misunderstood by people who claim to be Christians.
Here is the scripture that is being misinterpreted CONSTANTLY.
“““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, all of 17-20 is misunderstood really.
It’s important for people to understand that God Himself made the law obsolete, humans didn’t do that, God did it. Hebrews 8:13.
Many who read that Matthew 5 scripture only see two things when they read that,
(1) Not destroy
(2) Till Heaven and Earth pass away.
Because of just focusing on those lines many think the law is still in effect. Many fail to realize two VERY important things.
(1) Yes, He said He didn’t come to destroy the law, (and He did not) but what did He say He came to do? FULFILL the law. Once something is fulfilled do we wait around for it to be fulfilled again? No. fulfill means to bring to completion. Even though it wasn’t destroyed it was fulfilled, IT IS FINISHED–>That makes it no more (at least for those who are in Him, meaning those are born again, believing in Him, led by the Holy Spirit of God).
(2) Many are so focused on the heaven and earth pass away part they missed where it said right after that (till all be fulfilled). If we go back to the verse before that, what did it say that Christ said He came here to do? Fulfill the law. He did that because THAT IS WHAT HE CAME TO DO as read in the previous verse, (we got to slow down when we are reading scripture and PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION to what is written and not inject into scripture some prejudice or teaching we heard in church or on the radio or wherever, let go of that and pay attention to what is written, if you don’t understand then pause and pray for God to open up your understanding, He did it for the Discples, He can do it for you too if you ask you shall receive). This is why on the cross Jesus cried out, “It is finished”. Have you ever asked yourself what does Jesus mean when He said it is finished? What was finished? Christ explained this to His disciples at the end of Luke, in Luke chapter 24:verses 44-47,” He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
When that Matthew 5 scripture mentions “not til heaven and earth pass away“, it is showing the (certainty) that all WILL be fulfilled in the law., it does not mean as long as heaven and earth is here the law will still be in effect for all of us to perform, if that is the case then Christ did not do what He said in the first verse He came to do, which is (fulfill) the law, He fulfileld it by performing it. Some also teach the law is still in effect becuase Christ was doing the things in the law, OF COURSE He was, how else would He have been able to fulfill it if He didn’t do it Himself? When He was performing the works of the law it wasn’t for us to do it too, it was Him FULFILLING what He came to do., when Christ gave His last breath on that cross, all of that was done, finished.
For example, when I was a little girl when I did something wrong and my mother wasn’t able to punish me for it right away, she woud say, “This day will not go by till I punish you.” Does that mean the day will come to an end then at that moment she will punish me? No, it was her way of leaving no doubt in my mind that that day wasn’t going to go by before I saw my punishment, it was a way of making a promise that punishment is coming my way no matter what, I can rest assured I will be punished. She would punsih me that very day when we got somewhere that she could. The day was still there after she punished me, it had not passed away, but she fulfilled her promise to punish me. So when that scripture says, “till heaven and earth pass away” it is similar to that, it is just to empahisize the (certainty, meaning for sure for sure) Christ will fulfill EVERY single jot and tittle of the law (which He did even as He gave His last breath on the cross, becuase even His crucifixion was a fullfilment of the law) the law of sacrifce, (He was the worthy Lamb that was sacrificed), on that cross He also fulfilled the law of redemption ( He redeemed us His brethren from bondage to sin, slaves of sin).
Also, do not get confused now when it says “all be fulfilled” (it’s not talking about all prophecy in the Bible in regards to end time prophecy etc because we know that more prophecy is yet to be fulfllled, but Christ did fulfill ALL the propehcies of (what would happened to Him when He came here on earth) that scripture is also specifially talking about ALL the LAW has been fulfilled and the things prophecied about Christ by David in the Psalms. Do not mix up prophecy and law, some mix that up and end up concluding Christ didn’t fulfill what He came to do because there is more prophecy to be fulfilled and heaven and earth is still here, if that is the case then all of us are in serious jeapoardy becuase if Christ didn’t fulfill what was written then what salvation do we have? What eternal life do we have? What hope do we have? Death will still have it’s sting when we each of us die because it’s sting is sin (which He came to redeem us from) and the strength of sin is the law, 1 Corinthians 15:56 says this. That’s why it had to ALL be fulfilled and made obsolete by a perfect sacrifice once and for all, Jesus Christ). Thanks be to God He did fulfill all that He came to do so we can rejoice in hope and await His return.
Also where it says those who teach anybody to break these commandments will be least in the kingdom and those who practice and teach these will be great in the Kingdom, that does not mean that people who say Christ fulfilled the law is teaching anybody to break anything, Paul didn’t teach anybody to break the laws, nor are we teaching anybody that, what Paul taught is that Christ FULFILLED the law and that righteosuness is not obtained by keeping the law, righteousness is ONLY obtained through having faith in Jesus Christ who was the only one able to meet all the righteous requirements of the law. Also, in regard to keeping these commands and teaching others to do so, the scripture following which talks about our righteousness having to exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees is VERY important to understand what that means because it is connected to the previous verses. The only way our righteousness can exceed the Pharisees is by remaining in Christ, walking in the Spirit of God, meaning obeying God, being born again.
People need to know that although God gave Moses those laws (specifically for the people of Israel and not for Gentiles who we are (Acts 15 explains all of this) and even the Jews today are supposed to be living by faith not the law, the Gospel did come for them too, in fact it came to them first, Romans 1:16. Jesus Christ actually had instructions/commands that He gave the Apsotles , Acts chapter 1:2 shows this (if you want to know what they are read Paul’s writings, read Peter’s writings, read Jude’s writings, Read John’s writings, they are all filled with instructions for us to follow today, PLUS the Holy Spirit reminds us of what Christ’s commands are.
In scripture we can carefully notice that Moses’ laws when mentioned (in the New Testament) it is always referred to as “The laws of Moses” not the laws of God, even though it was God who gave Moses those laws for the Israelites, ever wondered why it’s not referred to as God’s laws but Moses’ Laws? Because Christ came to establish a (New Covenant) and the Laws of Moses is the (Old Covenant), Galatians 4 explains this using Hagar and Sarah as symbols of both Old and New Covenants and Hebrews 9:16-22 shows how BOTH covenants had to be dedicated with Blood. So Moses splashed the book of old covenant, even the people with blood, and Jesus had to shed His blood for the New covenant too, for the remission of our sins. Moses Laws are over 600+, Christ comamands are Love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and to love one another the way God loves us. Believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ, walk in the Holy Spirit and not the flesh, repent of our sins, Live by faith, these are Christ commands. This is why He said His yolk is easy and His burden is light. If you compare 600+ laws to what Christ commands are you will see Christ was telling the truth when He said His yolk is easy and His burden is light.
Paul expalined why the law existed in the first place it was because of our transgressions, it was there to be a tutor until Christ (the Seed of whom the promise to Abaham was made came) after He came we are no longer under a tutor, (meaning after Christ came we are no longer under the law), this was expalined by Paul in Galatians 3:19-29. Right now the ONLY people who are under the law are those who are not led by God’s Spirit. 1 Timothy1:9-10 explains all of this, who the law is for today. “We realize that law is not enacted for the righteous, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and profane, for killers of father or mother, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for homosexuals, for slave traders and liars and perjurers, and for anyone else who is averse to sound teaching…” So if you say you are under the law, from your own lips you have confessed to being one of those people Paul told Timothy the law is for.
As for those who are in Christ led by the Spirit of God, the law has been made obsolete, we are not under the laws of Moses, this is written in Galatians 5:18. This is one of the things we have (gained in Christ), freedom from the handwritten requirements which were against us, He nailed all of that to the cross, Colossians 2:14 explains this. No this doesn’t mean because we are under grace that we can now act lawless, no becuase lawlessness is sin, so our freedom from the law is not so we can freely sin, but the freedom Christ gave to us is for us to serve God, to love one another, both Paul and Peter explained all of this in Romans 6 and 1 Peter 2:16. It is vital for us to understand truly what power Christ blood has and what all He has done for us. If you say you believe, understand what you believe, and do what Christ says, live by faith.