More than 75% of the people who read and believe the bible are of the view that it is ok to not keep the commandments, laws and statutes of The Most High God. I am told by many that the laws are of the Old Testament and that Christ fulfilled the laws and relieved us of keeping them.
Let us evaluate some of Jesus’ words which He spoke while teaching on the Sabbath day – which He, all the prophets before him and the apostles after him did.
Matthew 5:16 reads, “let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”. This verse may seem simple, but according to how we are suppose to read the bible, Isaiah 28:9-10, we would have to use the scriptures to find out what light Christ was talking about.
- What is the light? Proverbs 6:23 reads, “for the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life”. So without using my words, but God’s words, we’ve established that the light is God’s laws.
- What is works? Exodus 18:20 reads, “And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do”. Ephesians 2:10 reads, “for we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them”. Works are the doing and practicing of the laws. “For as the body without the spirit is dead so is believing in Jesus (faith) without doing the commandments (works)” James 2:26.
Matthew 5:17 reads, “think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. Notice the scriptures did not say he would fulfil the laws, so what did he fulfil? He fulfilled the things our forefathers, the prophets, spoke about him in the various scriptures. Below are some prophecies he fulfilled:
- Isaiah 7:14, Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. The fulfilment is recorded in Matthew 1:20.
- Micah 5:2 said the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem and the fulfilment was recorded in Matthew 2:1.
- Numbers 24:17 said Christ would be a descendant of Jacob and Matthew 1:2 records the fulfilment.
- Genesis 49:8-10 detailed that Christ would be from the tribe of Judah which is recorded as fulfilment in Hebrews 7:14 and Luke 3:33.
- Hosea 11:1 is a prophecy showing the Son of God would spend a little time in Egypt, and Matthew 2:14-15 records the fulfilment.
- Isaiah 40:3-5 said that a messenger would prepare the way for Jesus which is recorded in Luke 3:3-6 where John the Baptiste was that person.
- Psalms 2:6-7 said he would be declared Son of God which is recorded to have happened in Matthew 3:17.
- Many people do not know that most Psalms were Christ using David to prophesy. Psalms 78:2-4 said that Jesus will speak in parables and Jesus reconfirms this in Matthew 13:13.
- Zechariah 11:12-13 said he would be betrayed for money and Matthew 26:14-16 records its happening.
- Isaiah 53:7 said he would be silent before those who afflicted and accused him and we know that was what happened. (Mark 15:4-5)
- Isaiah 50:6 said he would be spat on and smitten (Matthew 26:67)
Isaiah 53:12 speaks about Jesus’ crucifixion. When Paul said we are not under the law in Romans 6:14, he was referring to the Law of Sacrifice (animal sacrifice Lev 7:11 ) also called the law of sin and death. Paul said sin shall not have dominion over us because Jesus taking the place of the animal sacrifice gives every Israelite a chance at repentance. Under the law of sacrifice, sins like breaking the sabbath, adultery, idolatry and homosexuality, were punishable by instant death – through stoning (Numbers 15:32-36) – and no sacrifice could redeem a person who was guilty of either. Jesus is the end of that law because he became the sacrifice and was called the Lamb of God (John 1:29).
Back to the things he fulfilled….. This presentation is only 17 of over 51 things Christ fulfilled, that I know of -there could be more. I have only been reading the bible for 14 months.
- Psalms 69:21 foretold of Christ getting vinegar to drink (Matthew 27:34)
- Psalms 22:7-8 said he would be mocked (Luke 23:35), Psalms 22:16 and said his hand and feet would be pierced (John 20:25-27) and Psalms 22:18 said the soldiers would gamble/cast lots for his clothes (Matthew 27:35-36).
- Psalms 34:20 said none of his bones would be broken (John 19:33-36).
- Zechariah 12:10 said he would be pierced (John 19:34).
- Psalms 16:10 and 49:15 spoke of his resurrection (Matthew 28:2-7)
- Isaiah 53:5-12 said that he would be a sacrifice for the sins of Israel (Romans 5:6-8)
After all that fulfilling I have outlined for you, it is clear that he came to fulfil what was said of him, by himself, through the prophets, and in no way abolished the laws. He said it himself! Matthew 5:18, “for verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled”.
It is also important to note that while Paul and the apostles were here on earth teaching the gospel, that there was no New Testament at that time. They were teaching from the writings of the prophets of the Old Testament as you, those who do read, would see Paul referencing Moses and Hosea. Even Jesus taught using the Old Testament as reference. When Satan tempted Jesus he referenced Deuteronomy 8:3, Deuteronomy 6:16 and Deuteronomy 6:13. When Jesus was explaining his death (John 3:14-21) he was quoting from Numbers 21:9. The New Testament was not compiled and published until 65-70 years after the death of Paul.
NB. God gave five types of laws; ceremonial laws, moral laws, civil laws, dietary laws and finally the one that was replaced by Jesus’ death, sacrificial law. Also ask yourself the question, what will be the criteria by which we will be judged if there are no laws? Why would there be so many New Testament scriptures about keeping the commandments if the laws were abolished? I will close by listing a few NewTestament scriptures about keeping the Commandments:1 Corinthians 7:19, 1 Timothy 6:14, John 14:15, 1 John 5:3, 1 John 2:3-4 a very heavy one, 1 John 3:4, James 1:22, Revelation 12:17, Revelation 14:12, John 15:10, Matthew 19:17 and many more…
Mordecai A. Israel