“Do not feel that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, 1 jot or 1 tittle will by no signifies pass from the law till all is fulfilled. (Matt five:17-19)
We have been going more than the sermons by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, recorded for us in his book, Research in the Sermon on the Mount. In this post, from Chapter seventeen of his book, we will cover what he spoke on regarding what Jesus stated to His disciples about the Law and the Prophets—or the Old Testament. I have 4 big points.
How Jesus’ teaching was diverse than the Pharisees’ and the Scribes’ Teaching
All that Jesus taught was in harmony with the Old Testament, even so, it was in disharmony with Scribes’ and Pharisees’ teaching. And He was not reluctant to criticize them. In truth, He often exposed and denounced it.
Jesus was not like the Pharisees who spent all of their time teaching the law (from the Old Testament). He rather focuses His teaching on grace and the enjoy of God. And he was really diverse in the way He acted toward men and women he mixed with all men and women, even with sinners. And He seemed to deliberately break the guidelines and regulations of the law—that the Pharisees had been so adamant about maintaining.
Two Flawed views of Jesus’ teaching of the Old Testament
The initial flawed view is this: that Jesus in the Gospels was merely a teacher of the Law—that it was essentially ethical and moral teaching and instruction, which came from the Old Testament but it was Paul that was the founder of Christianity, and the 1 who started to teach on justification by faith and sanctification, and so on. So these men and women say that the teaching of Jesus and Paul was vastly diverse.
The second flawed view is this: that Christ abolished the law absolutely and gave us grace in its spot. The law was provided by Moses, and grace was provided by Jesus. Therefore, the Christian ought to have absolutely nothing to do with the law (the Old Testament).
Defining 3 crucial terms in this passage
Law. The law right here signifies the whole Old Testament, which consists of 3 components: the moral law, the judicial law, and the ceremonial law. The moral law is essentially the ten commandment and the teaching of it. The judicial law is the legislative law provided to Israel to order their behavior. The ceremonial law concerned the burnt offerings, sacrifice, and rituals. This component of the law incorporated teaching on different varieties, primarily to teach prophecy about Jesus Christ. I suppose we can debate about how substantially of the law was meant only for Israel and how substantially is meant for the rest of us. And it is anything we ought to wrestle with and attempt to get to the truth. Surely, all the law, in some way, will be fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
Prophets. The Old Testament prophets had been the teachers of the law, and they had been each forth-tellers and fore-tellers.
Fulfill. This term does not imply to full, to finish, or to add to anything. Therefore, it does not imply that the Old Testament started, was carried to a particular point, and then Jesus carried it on a stage additional. The which means, rather, is to carry out or to obey.
Jesus teaching on the Old Testament – five points
1. Jesus tends to make two statements from Matthew five:17-18: (1) the law can’t be changed it is eternal and absolute hence, (two) He has not come to destroy or modify the law, but to fulfill it—that is, to carry it out or obey it.
two. All the Law and the Prophets point to Him and will be fulfilled in Him down to the smallest detail. He is the fulfillment of the law. What a claim!
three. In light of the above statement we should conclude that Jesus has place His seal of authority on the Old Testament. He quotes the Old Testament often in the Gospels. Therefore, our attitude toward the Old Testament ought to reflect our attitude toward Jesus.
four. Every thing in the Old Testament is the word of God. Every thing has which means. Every thing is inspired by God—every word! And each word will be fulfilled by Christ. Query: Will His word come to an finish when it is fulfilled at the finish of time? Effectively, considering that His word is eternal, I feel it will continue in a fulfilled state for eternity. But I suppose we could speak about what that would appear like.
five. Given that He came to fulfill (obey) the Old Testament, we (His followers) should do the same—as most effective we can. And we can only do it in Him. He is our guiding light.
This theme of Christ fulfilling the Law and the Prophets will be continued in my subsequent blog—according to what D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones has provided us from His book.