A lot of Christians believe that Jesus came to abolish the law of God and replace with grace and love. However, is this really what the Bible teach about God’s law? What is the attitude of Jesus toward the law of God? Read this post to learn the truth!
There have been a lot of misconceptions about what Jesus Christ or Yahshua the Messiah really did to the law of God. One of these misconceptions states that the death of Yahshua freed us from the law of God. Not only that but because Yahshua kept the law for us, we are now free from keeping it.
Is this really what the Bible teaches? What was the attitude of Yahshua towards the Law of God? What did the death of Christ really mean in relation to God’s law?
Consider the popular teaching about Jesus and God’s Law
If it is true that Yahshua’s obedience is credited to all who accept Him as their Savior and therefore, no need for His followers to keep God’s commandment, does it mean that we are free to do whatever we want?
Since Yahshua kept the first, second, third, and fourth commandments, does this mean we are free to worship other gods, use religious images to worship God, use God’s name in vain, and break the Sabbath?
Since Yahshua kept the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth Commandments, does this mean that we can now dishonor our parents, murder people, commit adultery, steal, lie, and covet things that are not ours?
Obviously, the answer to these questions is no.
So, why would so many Christians today love to believe that Christ kept the law so we don’t have to keep it?
Consider this as well, if your oldest brother has been a good boy, being a role model to the rest of His siblings, does this mean that the other children are free to misbehave since their oldest brother has been obedient to them?
Again, obviously, no.
Did Jesus teach that love is all that we need?
Now, if you ask the questions I gave above, they would quickly tell you, of course, we are not to keep the law of God, because all we need is LOVE!
They would be quick to point out Matthew 22:36-39:
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
If love is all we need, then how do you love? Obviously, you can’t use your own definition of love. You need God’s definition of love and the Law of God properly and efficiently defined what love is.
Matthew 22:36-39 is not a statement that abolishes God’s law. Instead, it’s a statement that SUMMARIZES God’s law!
The first and great commandment is actually the summary of the first four commandments. It tells us how to love Yahweh our God will all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
The rest of the commandments summarizes how we can love our neighbor as ourselves. Christ, here, is grouping the 10 Commandments into two categories or laws.
Yahshua wasn’t telling us that we just simply love and disregard God’s commandments. Instead, He is reinforcing the GREAT importance of loving God and others through the law of God.
What was the attitude of Jesus towards God’s law?
A lot of people think that Yahshua came to destroy and abolish the law. Yahshua knew in the future, people would have this kind of thinking about His real purpose why He came to earth. That’s why He already addressed this issue way in advance.
In Matthew 5:17, we read:
“Do NOT think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets.”
Well, that’s just how human nature operates. When God says no, they do. When God says yes, they don’t!
In this case, Christ was saying, do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. However, what do most Christians do? They do the EXACT opposite!
Instead, they think that Christ came to destroy the Law or the Prophets.
Sad, but true.
In Matthew 5:17, we continue reading:
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”
Did you see that? Christ was saying here that He didn’t come to destroy the law, but to fulfill!
What does “to fulfill” mean?
The Greek word of to fill is “pleroo.” It means to make full and to fill up (Thayer’s Greek Definitions).
So, Christ came to make full or fill up the law by keeping it to the full. Yahshua, though a human being, was able to keep the law in both the physical and spiritual aspects.
As you can imagine, Christ’s perfect example fulfilled the law. Not only that, but He came to magnify God’s law!
Instead of abolishing the law, Christ even magnify it for us!
How do we know this is what Yahshua was saying here? Read verse 18 of Matthew 5:
“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.”
Christ was saying that God’s law will stay in effect as long as heaven and earth are still here.
Do we see the heavens? Yes.
Do we see the earth? Yes.
Therefore, the Law of God is still binding!
Jesus magnified the law
Instead of abolishing the law of God, Yahshua actually magnified it. Christ wasn’t saying that we are not free to do whatever we want. He was teaching us to learn the spiritual intent of the law and not just its physical intent!
That’s why, after mentioning Matthew 5:17-20, Yahshua proceeded by explaining what He really meant.
For example, in Matthew 5:21-26, Yahshua was teaching that people know every well the commandment, “You shall not murder.” A lot of people are keeping this law in the letter.
Nevertheless, remember: Christ came to magnify the law. That’s why He explained that yes, you might not be literally killing a person, but you break the Sixth Commandment by hating other people without a cause!
That’s how Christ magnified the law.
Christ also magnified the meaning of the Seventh Commandment. Adultery is simply not having a physical sexual relationship outside of marriage, but it also involves lusting after a woman (Matthew 5:27). Christ said, “whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (verse 28).
The same is true with the rest of the Commandments of God. We are not to be like some people who study the word of God to find loopholes and how to get around God’s laws. Since the time Christ magnified the law, we are not simply to apply the letter of the law, but also its spiritual intent.
A warning from Jesus we all should take heed
Yahshua was adamant and dogmatic in His teaching. He wants us to take His word seriously. That’s why He gave a warning to those Christians who teach that the commandments of God are all abolished already:
“Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19).
What a serious warning we all should take heed of. If you are breaking God’s commandment and even teach other people to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven!
It’s high time for Christians to wake up from their sleep and teach the Word of TRUTH!