“Did Jesus 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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5 Responses to “Did Jesus abolish the Law?”

  1. Kyle says:

    Galations 3:13  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 

  2. Franz Buhlmann says:

    Where in the Bible does God divide his Torah into sections? And, where in the Bible does it say that God does away with certain sections of his Torah and keeps other sections of his Torah?

    Deuteronomy 13 on the other hand teaches something totally different!

    If you do not believe that we need to obey all of God’s Torah, whose Torah do you believe and teach that we should follow?

    • In Hebrews 7 it states that there is a necessary change to the law since there was a change to the priesthood. Obviously we do not need temple sacrifices anymore, and that was a major part of the Torah. Even in the Torah it makes a distinction between the 10 commandments and the rest. Exodus 34:28King James Version (KJV) 28 And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.

      The 10 commandments were the words of the covenant, somehow different than the other 603.

      • Franz Buhlmann says:

        You really need to study or search out prophecy! Is there really no need for a Temple? What about sacrifice, has it truely been done away with forever?

        It seems like you missed the true source of the Ten Commandments as well! The copy that Moses wrote down was not the original, it was not even the first copy! The very first time that the Ten Commandments were given, they were not even written down! Did you even know that?

        The way you atempt to seperate the 603 laws from the Ten Commandments suggest that you have never even taken the time to read, much less study, the very thing that you are comdemning, i.e., speaking evil of!

        You do not even sound like you know the New Testament very well either, because your words are accusing Jesus of lying!

        There is a rather simple little test that anyone can use to see if God’s Torah is Completely still in effect! Do we still have the heaven and the earth? If we do, not even the smallest part of Torah has been done away with according to Jesus! Are you calling him a LIAR?

        I can even show biblically how the law can “change” and at the same time remain just as God gave it!

        The part that you missed is the fact the one of the meanings for the word ‘change’ is a transfer from one location to another. Jesus has already spoken against a rewritting of the Law, so the word ‘change’ must have some other meaning! Let’s test it!

        Jeremiah 31:33
        But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

        Hebrews 10:16
        “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,”

        Here we have two witnesses that talk about a transfer of the location of the Law from the outside to that of the heart and mind.

        We have another witness to this happening as well.
        Romans 2:15
        who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)

        God has given us safeguards in order to protect us, to help us identify those that speak the truth and those that speak lies!

        Isaiah 8:20
        To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

        Deu 13:1-5
        “If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, “Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him. But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst.

        Satan would love to face those that are powerless and pose no treat to him or his Kingdom.

        Revelation 12:17
        And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

        Do you have the Light in you and are you someone that Satan has to worry about? If you reject God’s Torah, all or just in part, you may want to re-exaimine your believe and test it against what the Bible actually says!

  3. James G says:

    Hi Ray,

    I believe this is a false analogy.

    “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.”

    A more correct analogy would be that the father had THREE sons, one innocent son who would be ordered by his father to step into their place and receive their punishment.

    Thoughts?

    Kind regards.

    James

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