About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Law Of Moses and Christians
5:17-18 says, "think not that I have come to abolish the Law or the
Prophets. I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell
you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest
letter, not the least stroke of the pen, will by any means disappear
from the Law until everything is accomplished" (NIV)
Note the NIV uses the word “abolish”.
The KJV uses the word “destroy”, as in, “think not that I
have come to destroy the Law…”
begin to answer this we note that Jesus said that He didn’t come to
abolish the Law or the Prophets until all things written in them are
fulfilled and completed. Jesus
isn’t just speaking about the Law here.
He’s speaking about the Prophets as well, meaning He‘s
speaking about the entire
Old Testament. We’ll major
on Jesus’ words in relation to the Law because that’s where most of
the misunderstanding lies.
words tell me that the Law, like the Prophets is prophetic. It’s not
just a list of rules. It’s
just as prophetic as the book of Isaiah. For example the blood
sacrifices foretell the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross. So the
Law needs to be fulfilled as well as obeyed. I will show you that Jesus
main reason why the Law isn’t abolished is because parts of it are yet
to be fulfilled which will happen at the end of this age.
Certain feasts are examples of this future fulfillment. Yet for
those parts that have been fulfilled, they have been laid aside, nailed
to the cross until the end comes when its total destruction occurs.
verse to consider is found in Gal. 3:24 – 25 where Paul says that the
Law was our teacher that led us to Christ. Yet as Paul says,
“…after faith has come, we are no longer under a
It’s clear, the Law was our schoolmaster. It has shown us our
sin and has led us to faith. That
part of the Law’s job is finished for good.
the word “under” in Gal. 3:24 - 25. The
Jews of old were “under” the Law of Moses.
Once faith in Jesus came they were no longer “under” the Law.
This means that even though the Law has not been destroyed
because it still has a prophetic purpose, Jews or Christians are not
under any obligation to obey it. We
are obligated to Jesus.
thought to consider concerning Gal. 3:24-25 is that Paul was speaking to
Christian Jews. They were
being taught by false
teachers that they needed to obey the Law of Moses as Christians. Paul
called this thinking demonic in Gal. 3:1.
He said, “you foolish Galatians, who has ‘bewitched’
you…” From the Greek,
“bewitched” means “demonized”. Paul
taught that living under the Law as New Testament Christians was
demonic. You might want to
think about that for a bit.
should also remember that Gentiles were never under the Law in the first
place unless they became Jews. The
Law was given to Jews, not Gentiles, or Christians, and it is clear from
Paul’s writings that Gentiles don’t have to become Jews in order to
be Christians. I’ll
comment on this later.
cannot say that Christians must tithe because Jesus said the Law still
exists in Matt.5:17. Think
of it this way. List every
aspect of the Law in point form on a very long sheet of paper.
Now check off each point of the Law that Jesus has fulfilled. Very
few points will be left unchecked. Most
lines will have a check mark, including the tithing lines.
All these points have been nailed to the cross because Jesus is
the Law’s fulfillment. The
entire Law of Moses as given to