The Fulfilment of the Law

Now in the last post I talked about the 10 Commandments, God wrote on two tablets a total of 10 commandments that outlined the laws he gave to the Israelites.  But in the New Testament we see in Matthew chapter 5 how Jesus teaches on how to fulfil the law and raises the standards.

Jesus wanted the disciples to understand the full implication of the Law which was intended to form inner holiness. Inner holiness begins with our thoughts before they manifest themselves in actions. Once we have done that we will reflect God’s’ character and walk in His image as intended which is the purpose and thus fulfilment of the laws.

In terms of murder Jesus said:

You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder. But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. ~ Matthew 5:21

In terms of adultery Jesus said:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. ~ Matthew 5: 27, 28

With divorce Jesus said:

It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. ~ Matthew 5:31,32

Of an oath he said:

You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfil to the Lord the vows you have made.’  But now “All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” ~ Matthew 5:33 -37

With regards to retribution Jesus said:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. ~Matthew 5:33 -37

And about love he said:

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. ~ Matthew 5:38

Jesus was right when he said he didn’t come to abolish the law but to fulfil them. His life reflected God’s holiness perfectly.

Signing off,

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