Did Jesus not come to abolish the law?

Skeptics claim that this passage and Eph. 2:13–15 abolish the Law, in contradiction to Matt. 5:17: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”

The skeptic has no understanding of the reason Christ suffered and died. He came to fulfill the Law so that those who trust in Him could be justified (declared not guilty and made clean in the sight of God).

Think of two brothers who each have large court fines. They have no money and are about to be sentenced to prison. Their kindly father loves them and pays their fines. He satisfies the demands of the law by fulfilling the court’s requirements. Both men are then free to go. However, one of them refuses to accept the payment. He is therefore still under the law’s penalty and is sentenced to a long prison term. He was thrown in prison even though the father satisfied the law’s demand through his payment.

Jesus didn’t come to do away with the moral Law. It is eternal and will be the standard of judgment on Judgment Day. He came to satisfy its demands for those who trust Him—making provision for our forgiveness by paying our fine in His life’s blood.

Christians (both Jew and Gentile) are no longer under the wrath of the Law, because they trust in Jesus Christ. However, those who are outside of Christ (refusing His blood payment) are still under its wrath (see John 3:36).

Hebrews 7:18 For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, 19 for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

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