Jesus came to fulfill the law

From the bereans apologetics and research ministry website.
jesus says he came to fulfill the law NOT DESTROY IT! which means the ten commandments! not moses law… i am nto a seventhday adventist and even i can see that with clear eyes… also the Sabbath command is the only commandment that says REMEMBER, so OBVIOUSLY it existed BEFORE God wrote the ten commandments with His own FINGER. please research better. there was obviosuly a difference between the sabbath(s) of the mosaic law and hte Holy Sabbath, or there wouldnt be such an emphasis on it written in stone by the hand of God. Jesus was our example, and he dint keep the mosaic law that the pharisees condemned him for NOT keeping, but HE DID KEEP THE HOLY SABBATH,,,hmm, wonder what that means…i’ll be praying for you all.
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Hi,

Thank you for writing us. I’d like to share two things that I hope can answer your concerns.

First, Matt. 5:17 says ‘Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to FULFILL.” To understand what Matt is talking about when he used the word “fulfill”, we need to see the the other verses where he used the same word.

Here’s the link to help you out

If you will notice, whenever Matthew uses the word “fulfill”, he does not necessarily mean “to obey”. He means, “to come into pass” or to “do something that was prophesied”. Jesus came to do something, and that is bring out those who are under the law and place them under grace — Read Roman chapters 3-11, Paul discusses this topic very well.

Imagine, if “fulfill” in Matt. 5:17 means “to obey”, take note that the preceding verses also mentioned “not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen” will disappear. And Jesus mentioned the “law and the prophets”.

Something to ponder upon: if Jesus came to “obey the laws and the prophets (basically, that means the old testament — the “law” means the Torah and “prophets” means the books of prophets ie Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc), then why don’t we kill Sabbath breakers today? (Exo. 35)

Jesus came to fulfill the laws, and when he fulfilled it, he said “It is finished”. You are not under the law, my friend. You are now under grace.

Secondly, the Sabbath law is nonexistence before Mt. Sinai contrary to what you imply. Think about this, the Sabbath law mentioned about “not allowing your servants to work on a sabbath”. If this law is existing during the time of Adam and Eve, who are their servants? Do they have? Also, the Sabbath law mentioned about “stopping from all your work”. Tell me, in Eden, did Adam and Eve actually labor during those times? Or do they have a 24/7 sabbath rest with the Lord?

You see, the Sabbath law applies to a certain group of people to a certain time. God intended it that way. God also intends that we find our rest not in a day, but in a person. I suggest that you find your rest in the person of Jesus Christ. He alone can give you rest. (Matt. 28:11)

  • http://www.submission.org muslims@real-christians.com

    Wrong. You cannot put your sins upon Jesus. It is not what one does who cares about the eternal suffering we throw upon the Messiah. He suffers because you don’t? Carry your own burden, or you love him not. He is just your kicking dog. That is what Christianity is all about. Kicking the Messiah. You read GOD as GOD, but you forget, in Aramaic which he spoke, you read from right to left. Put it together.

    If anything, save yourselves and become Muslim, for if you reject Muhammad this time (it’s the second death by the way), then you all are ripped asunder, you know… “down under”

    Cheers mates,
    and woe to the criminals

    Final Christian

  • http://www.submission.org muslims@real-christians.com

    Wrong. You cannot put your sins upon Jesus. It is not what one does who cares about the eternal suffering we throw upon the Messiah. He suffers because you don’t? Carry your own burden, or you love him not. He is just your kicking dog. That is what Christianity is all about. Kicking the Messiah. You read GOD as GOD, but you forget, in Aramaic which he spoke, you read from right to left. Put it together.

    If anything, save yourselves and become Muslim, for if you reject Muhammad this time (it’s the second death by the way), then you all are ripped asunder, you know… “down under”

    Cheers mates,
    and woe to the criminals

    Final Christian

  • arnoldgamboa

    Hi. Thank you for your opinions. But I believe in what the Bible — the unshakable, proven life-changing word of God — says.

  • arnoldgamboa

    Hi. Thank you for your opinions. But I believe in what the Bible — the unshakable, proven life-changing word of God — says.

  • http://arnoldgamboa.com/2005/01/jesus-came-to-fulfill-the-law/ troy

    Jesus, the messiah said “Cast your cares on me because I care for you.” Jesus also said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. Nobody can come to the Father except through me.”

    Even within Islam Jesus Christ is reverenced as a great prophet who is error-free.

    If Jesus is error-free, then shouldn’t we pay special heed to his words when compared to those of Muhammad. If Muhammad was right about Jesus being a prophet, then when Jesus says that Jesus is the only way, we must believe that Jesus is right.

    If Jesus is the only way (which he says he is), then wouldn’t Muhammad have to find his way to the Father through Jesus?

    God wants to reconcile all people to Himself and restore the relationship that he had with us before the fall in the garden of Eden. He has made the way for that restoration through the one and only acceptable sacrifice that he provided in Jesus Christ.

    Jesus said “He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but has moved from death unto life.”

  • http://arnoldgamboa.com/2005/01/jesus-came-to-fulfill-the-law/ troy

    Jesus, the messiah said “Cast your cares on me because I care for you.” Jesus also said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. Nobody can come to the Father except through me.”

    Even within Islam Jesus Christ is reverenced as a great prophet who is error-free.

    If Jesus is error-free, then shouldn’t we pay special heed to his words when compared to those of Muhammad. If Muhammad was right about Jesus being a prophet, then when Jesus says that Jesus is the only way, we must believe that Jesus is right.

    If Jesus is the only way (which he says he is), then wouldn’t Muhammad have to find his way to the Father through Jesus?

    God wants to reconcile all people to Himself and restore the relationship that he had with us before the fall in the garden of Eden. He has made the way for that restoration through the one and only acceptable sacrifice that he provided in Jesus Christ.

    Jesus said “He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but has moved from death unto life.”

  • jun

    I will make some comment of your understanding with regards to the word FULFILL in matt 5:17. In greek the word FULFILL is plhrow // pleroo // play-ro’-o
    it means 1) to make full, to fill up, i.e. to fill to the full
    1a) to cause to abound, to furnish or supply liberally
    1a1) I abound, I am liberally supplied
    2) to render full, i.e. to complete
    2a) to fill to the top: so that nothing shall be wanting to
    full measure, fill to the brim
    2b) to consummate: a number
    2b1) to make complete in every particular, to render perfect
    2b2) to carry through to the end, to accomplish, carry out,
    (some undertaking)
    2c) to carry into effect, bring to realisation, realise
    2c1) of matters of duty: to perform, execute
    2c2) of sayings, promises, prophecies, to bring to pass,
    ratify, accomplish
    2c3) to fulfil, i.e. to cause God’s will (as made known in the
    law) to be obeyed as it should be, and God’s promises
    (given through the prophets) to receive fulfilment

    In accordance to the prophecy regarding jesus christ, Christ fullfil the prophecy of Isaiah 42:21 which says “he will magnify the law, and make it honourable”

    If you read matthew 5:17 it is very clear that jesus was accused of breaking the law, but jesus declared it that he did not come to destroy the law but to fullfill-it means to carry it into effect.

    if you understand the custom of the jews( i would like to recommend the gemara, mishna of the jews probably you will understand what is their custom during christ and even today.)during the time of Christ the jews were so obsessed of their tradition even in observing the sabbath.they obliterate the meaning of the sabbath that it become burden to them.thats why christ came to maginfy the law and make it honorable.

    in regards to this christ challenge the jews by asking them a question which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?

    to your 2nd point that sabbath has no pre-existence before sinai>Have you not read about gathering of manna?It was before Mount Sinai.they have already known it.

    ****you misunderstood what it means of being under the law.Under the law means we are not anymore under the curse of the law which is death.because sin is the trangression of the law and the wages of sin is death.but christ has already paid our ransom that we may obtain eternal life.O death death where is thy sting O grave where is thy victory!!

    thats why we are now under the grace of God!

    Now why don’t we kill Sabbath breakers today? (Exo. 35)
    because the Lord said Veangece is mine I will repay..when the lord comes he will punish the one who transgress his holy law…I think the transgressor will wait for their turn in the near future..

  • jun

    I will make some comment of your understanding with regards to the word FULFILL in matt 5:17. In greek the word FULFILL is plhrow // pleroo // play-ro’-o
    it means 1) to make full, to fill up, i.e. to fill to the full
    1a) to cause to abound, to furnish or supply liberally
    1a1) I abound, I am liberally supplied
    2) to render full, i.e. to complete
    2a) to fill to the top: so that nothing shall be wanting to
    full measure, fill to the brim
    2b) to consummate: a number
    2b1) to make complete in every particular, to render perfect
    2b2) to carry through to the end, to accomplish, carry out,
    (some undertaking)
    2c) to carry into effect, bring to realisation, realise
    2c1) of matters of duty: to perform, execute
    2c2) of sayings, promises, prophecies, to bring to pass,
    ratify, accomplish
    2c3) to fulfil, i.e. to cause God’s will (as made known in the
    law) to be obeyed as it should be, and God’s promises
    (given through the prophets) to receive fulfilment

    In accordance to the prophecy regarding jesus christ, Christ fullfil the prophecy of Isaiah 42:21 which says “he will magnify the law, and make it honourable”

    If you read matthew 5:17 it is very clear that jesus was accused of breaking the law, but jesus declared it that he did not come to destroy the law but to fullfill-it means to carry it into effect.

    if you understand the custom of the jews( i would like to recommend the gemara, mishna of the jews probably you will understand what is their custom during christ and even today.)during the time of Christ the jews were so obsessed of their tradition even in observing the sabbath.they obliterate the meaning of the sabbath that it become burden to them.thats why christ came to maginfy the law and make it honorable.

    in regards to this christ challenge the jews by asking them a question which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?

    to your 2nd point that sabbath has no pre-existence before sinai>Have you not read about gathering of manna?It was before Mount Sinai.they have already known it.

    ****you misunderstood what it means of being under the law.Under the law means we are not anymore under the curse of the law which is death.because sin is the trangression of the law and the wages of sin is death.but christ has already paid our ransom that we may obtain eternal life.O death death where is thy sting O grave where is thy victory!!

    thats why we are now under the grace of God!

    Now why don’t we kill Sabbath breakers today? (Exo. 35)
    because the Lord said Veangece is mine I will repay..when the lord comes he will punish the one who transgress his holy law…I think the transgressor will wait for their turn in the near future..

  • Guy

    Christ came to fulfill Law! The bible is based on Christ from beginning to end. The law was given to the Jews at a particular time. The principal of strict but righteous retribution, the intention was to eliminate evil and produce reverence for the righteousness of the holy God in the heart of the people. The Law was given so that those who abide by it (Jews) would recognize the sin and draw to God. But if we observe only the law then Christ death was in vain. And if we observe the law then we must believe that righteousness comes from God by observing the law. Not so!! Let’s look at Paul, he is our prime example. Paul begins his discussion to the Romans by explaining some facts about righteousness. He said, “the righteousness from God is apart from the law” Rom 3:21. Can you imagine how difficult it must have been for Paul to understand this? Before his conversion, He lived by the law and felt very self-righteous in his actions. Now, he was teaching others that the law does not bring righteousness.God supplies the righteousness. We can’t get it on our own no matter what we do. Paul knew the people would wonder: “If the righteousness from God is apart from the law, then why did God give the law? The law silences every mouth!! (Rom 3:19) The law is a statement of condemnation. The law leaves us without any argument before God that our self-righteousness could take us to heaven or save us for all eternity. We become conscious of sin because the law, and the law brings wrath of God. Rom (3:20, 4:15). Paul explains further. God demonstrated His righteousness by what He did for the Romans-and for you and me. He sent His only Son to die on the cross to take care of the sin problem. So what must we do to be declared righteous? All we need to do is believe. Paul expected the Romans to say, “wait a minute, is this something new? We’ve never heard this stuff before” He knew that the Romans, like us,sometimes understand things better when they are given an illustration. So, Paul reminded the people of the two men whom they could read about in the Old Testament Scripture-Abraham and David. Abraham is the father of the Jewish people, ” Paul wrote. “But he lived before Moses and the law” The Scripture tells us Abram believed the LORD, and He (GOD) credited it (his faith) to him as righteousness (Genisis 15:6). Abraham’s faith in God made him righteous. The law did not make him righteous. Paul was not telling them something new. David lived by the law. Yet he wrote. “Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven,whose sins are covered. (Psalm 32:1-2) Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him” (Rom 4:7-8). So, the righteous of God is given by faith and faith alone. Abraham believed God and that was all that was needed. So you see my friend, the law does not bring righteousness, faith does. Put you trust in Christ not by a list of do’s and don’ts. We have been condemned to death because of sin, but God, the judge, has justified us freely by His grace Rom 3:24 Amen!! “Freely” in this verse means “without cause” God had no cause, or reason, to justify us. He owes us nothing. We are guilty of sin. HIs gift to us is grace. We don’t deserve justification. We can’t earn justification. We can’t buy justification. We are justified (declared righteous) simply by trusting in what Christ has done for us.

  • Guy

    Christ came to fulfill Law! The bible is based on Christ from beginning to end. The law was given to the Jews at a particular time. The principal of strict but righteous retribution, the intention was to eliminate evil and produce reverence for the righteousness of the holy God in the heart of the people. The Law was given so that those who abide by it (Jews) would recognize the sin and draw to God. But if we observe only the law then Christ death was in vain. And if we observe the law then we must believe that righteousness comes from God by observing the law. Not so!! Let’s look at Paul, he is our prime example. Paul begins his discussion to the Romans by explaining some facts about righteousness. He said, “the righteousness from God is apart from the law” Rom 3:21. Can you imagine how difficult it must have been for Paul to understand this? Before his conversion, He lived by the law and felt very self-righteous in his actions. Now, he was teaching others that the law does not bring righteousness.God supplies the righteousness. We can’t get it on our own no matter what we do. Paul knew the people would wonder: “If the righteousness from God is apart from the law, then why did God give the law? The law silences every mouth!! (Rom 3:19) The law is a statement of condemnation. The law leaves us without any argument before God that our self-righteousness could take us to heaven or save us for all eternity. We become conscious of sin because the law, and the law brings wrath of God. Rom (3:20, 4:15). Paul explains further. God demonstrated His righteousness by what He did for the Romans-and for you and me. He sent His only Son to die on the cross to take care of the sin problem. So what must we do to be declared righteous? All we need to do is believe. Paul expected the Romans to say, “wait a minute, is this something new? We’ve never heard this stuff before” He knew that the Romans, like us,sometimes understand things better when they are given an illustration. So, Paul reminded the people of the two men whom they could read about in the Old Testament Scripture-Abraham and David. Abraham is the father of the Jewish people, ” Paul wrote. “But he lived before Moses and the law” The Scripture tells us Abram believed the LORD, and He (GOD) credited it (his faith) to him as righteousness (Genisis 15:6). Abraham’s faith in God made him righteous. The law did not make him righteous. Paul was not telling them something new. David lived by the law. Yet he wrote. “Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven,whose sins are covered. (Psalm 32:1-2) Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him” (Rom 4:7-8). So, the righteous of God is given by faith and faith alone. Abraham believed God and that was all that was needed. So you see my friend, the law does not bring righteousness, faith does. Put you trust in Christ not by a list of do’s and don’ts. We have been condemned to death because of sin, but God, the judge, has justified us freely by His grace Rom 3:24 Amen!! “Freely” in this verse means “without cause” God had no cause, or reason, to justify us. He owes us nothing. We are guilty of sin. HIs gift to us is grace. We don’t deserve justification. We can’t earn justification. We can’t buy justification. We are justified (declared righteous) simply by trusting in what Christ has done for us.

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  • Jonard

    w/ regards to the SABBATH,

    Sir, if you make a claim, you should have basis…
    Where can you a verse in the Bible that says “The Sabbath did not exist before the time of Moses?

    I’m not SDA but i just wanted to confirm your assertion.

    Second, did Jesus break the law? if yes, where?
    Mat,12:12 says, It is lawful to do good on the sabbath, therefore Jesus did not break the sabbath.

  • Jonard

    w/ regards to the SABBATH,

    Sir, if you make a claim, you should have basis…
    Where can you a verse in the Bible that says “The Sabbath did not exist before the time of Moses?

    I’m not SDA but i just wanted to confirm your assertion.

    Second, did Jesus break the law? if yes, where?
    Mat,12:12 says, It is lawful to do good on the sabbath, therefore Jesus did not break the sabbath.

  • Leonard Simek

    The charge that Jesus broke the law on the sabbath was a prejudicial charge brought about by the ruling legal class, they wanted to catch Jesus doing something wrong so they could discredit him. Jesus was not a part of the sample population subjected to the sabbath, he was above it, knew the trap and divested the ruling class of their malice aforethought plot. You will never understand Jesus teachings and what he did until you understand the covenants of God. Jesus brought in a new and wonderful covenant of
    truth and grace.

    Something new that no one could rightly anticipate, not even Paul understood at first. And notice grace has no requirements except faithful trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. Secondly you will notice truth. Jesus is the truth. Dont anticipate truth as honesty,,,lots of people seem to be more or less honest but the only one who knows real truth and stands for real truth is Jesus himself. Thats what will matter at the time of judgement…..this is where the sword of the word will make a determination of real motivations of the heart and reconcile all justice. Justice is many times blind without real truth. Justice will balance the scales for all, and especially for those who do not accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Isnt it wonderful that Jesus justified us before the throne and eyes of God the Father. We are accepted and reconciled as pure through the Blood and Body of Christ. Jesus said You are either for me or against me so brother do not tarry accept Jesus as Lord and Savior or you will face the sword of Justice to account for your unconfessed sin. Its your choice so please do not depend upon the common misunderstanding that everything is cause and effect. Life is a supernatural expressional personal experience where the height, width, depth and essence all belongs to the living Godhead. DO NOT LET SATAN TRICK YOU INTO BELIEVING YOU ARE OKAY BECAUSE YOU ARE A GOOD PERSON AND DO BENEVOLENCE TO ALL.

  • Leonard Simek

    The charge that Jesus broke the law on the sabbath was a prejudicial charge brought about by the ruling legal class, they wanted to catch Jesus doing something wrong so they could discredit him. Jesus was not a part of the sample population subjected to the sabbath, he was above it, knew the trap and divested the ruling class of their malice aforethought plot. You will never understand Jesus teachings and what he did until you understand the covenants of God. Jesus brought in a new and wonderful covenant of
    truth and grace.

    Something new that no one could rightly anticipate, not even Paul understood at first. And notice grace has no requirements except faithful trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. Secondly you will notice truth. Jesus is the truth. Dont anticipate truth as honesty,,,lots of people seem to be more or less honest but the only one who knows real truth and stands for real truth is Jesus himself. Thats what will matter at the time of judgement…..this is where the sword of the word will make a determination of real motivations of the heart and reconcile all justice. Justice is many times blind without real truth. Justice will balance the scales for all, and especially for those who do not accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Isnt it wonderful that Jesus justified us before the throne and eyes of God the Father. We are accepted and reconciled as pure through the Blood and Body of Christ. Jesus said You are either for me or against me so brother do not tarry accept Jesus as Lord and Savior or you will face the sword of Justice to account for your unconfessed sin. Its your choice so please do not depend upon the common misunderstanding that everything is cause and effect. Life is a supernatural expressional personal experience where the height, width, depth and essence all belongs to the living Godhead. DO NOT LET SATAN TRICK YOU INTO BELIEVING YOU ARE OKAY BECAUSE YOU ARE A GOOD PERSON AND DO BENEVOLENCE TO ALL.

  • Adam

    Some years late I suppose, but, you wrote:

    “Something to ponder upon: if Jesus came to “obey the laws and the prophets (basically, that means the old testament — the “law” means the Torah and “prophets” means the books of prophets ie Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc), then why don’t we kill Sabbath breakers today? (Exo. 35)”

    You almost literally wrote: “Think about this, if Jesus came to obey the Law, then why don’t we?” If Jesus did not obey the Law He could not have been a prophet, that is written in Scripture– then there would have been an actual accusation to bring against Him.

    The Law exists because in grace and mercy we are allowed to do things that please God. Salvation is not threatened– read the ‘NT’ salvation has always been through faith.

  • Adam

    Some years late I suppose, but, you wrote:

    “Something to ponder upon: if Jesus came to “obey the laws and the prophets (basically, that means the old testament — the “law” means the Torah and “prophets” means the books of prophets ie Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc), then why don’t we kill Sabbath breakers today? (Exo. 35)”

    You almost literally wrote: “Think about this, if Jesus came to obey the Law, then why don’t we?” If Jesus did not obey the Law He could not have been a prophet, that is written in Scripture– then there would have been an actual accusation to bring against Him.

    The Law exists because in grace and mercy we are allowed to do things that please God. Salvation is not threatened– read the ‘NT’ salvation has always been through faith.

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