JESUS FULFILLED THE LAW-Part3
Matthew 5: 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. We said that in the law and the prophet, we have the main message which is called the message of faith or the gospel and the mode of communication. The message is the same but the mode of communication was different at different times.
Hebrews 1: 1-2 says that “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;”. We are to take the message without forming religion out of the practices and the laws which was the mode of communication.
Our opening text is erroneously interpreted by many to mean that we are still expected to obey the laws of Moses because Jesus did not come to destroy the law but to fulfil it. To them, the fulfilment of the law means approval. They go further to segregate the laws of Moses and the prophets into moral and ceremonial laws.
The truth is that we have no such differentiation in the laws of Moses. Such people often ask if we are to kill because we are no more under the law? This is an expression of ignorance of the law and the prophets. The fruit of the Spirit which is love was the message of the ten commandments. We take the message not the mode of communication. In love, we don’t kill or steal.
The fulfilment of the law is the fulfilment or coming to pass the message of the law and the prophets. What the law and prophets communicated would take place has been fulfilled. What the prophets and the law communicated was the sufferings and glorification of Christ. Jesus said he came not to destroy or set aside what the law and prophets but to bring it to pass.
Jesus was not saying that we should obey the laws of Moses. Jesus is the fulfilment of the message of the laws and the prophecy of the prophets. In the fulfilment of the law and the prophets is the giving of the promised Spirit. The believer, therefore, lives by the fruit of the Spirit not by the laws of Moses or the ten commandments.
DEAD TO THE LAW OF MOSES
The Law of Moses was given to the Israelites to obey. It had in it legal, ceremonial and moral rules concerning different aspects of their lives and relationship with God. The law was holy and good but none was able to obey it. It was a faultfinding law, that made them feel inadequate before God.
The law never produced one single righteous person but rather condemned all. It made all guilty and unrighteous. The righteous saints of the Old Testament were made righteous by faith but not by keeping the law of Moses. It was called the law of sin and death. This law always made people condemned. It pointed people to their sins. The law revived sin consciousness in people. It made men helpless and in need of a savior. Jesus lived under the law.
He came to fulfill the law by meeting every aspect of the law concerning him. He fulfilled what was prophesied, practiced in types and shadows about him in the law and the prophets by his death and resurrection. The death of Jesus delivered us from the power of the law. We are no more under the law of sin and death. We are now living by the law of the Spirit of life. We are dead to the Law, so we don't serve the Law of Moses anymore.
ROMANS 7: 6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
We now serve in the newness of the Spirit. The law has no power over the believer to make him feel guilty or condemned. We are now free from the power of the law and sin. Men could not become righteous or justified by the law of Moses but in Christ righteousness and justification is freely granted by grace through faith in Christ Jesus.
We are dead to the law of Moses and alive in Christ Jesus. I am no more under the Law of Moses. I am dead to the law of sin and death. I serve God in the newness of the spirit. Romans 7: 1- 6, 2 Corinthians 3: 6- 17, Romans 8: 1- 4
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