Shalom co-laborers in Messiah! Today we will “wrestle” with a broad teaching that has infiltrated the Body of Messiah that Grace has come and the Law i.e. Torah has been “done away with.”
Recently, Pastor Fair gave a wonderful example for us to understand the foolishness of the blanketed statement, “I am not under the law.” Here is the example:
Go out and sit in your car. Get the key ready and then say, “I am not under the law.” It is foolish; isn’t it? The same; when we’re driving and see a red light what do we do? We stop. Why because this “law” is written on our hearts and minds. The aim of the New Covenant is to write God’s Holy laws on our heart and mind. Even as Messiah answered what is the greatest command in Mark 12:28-34.
Here are the texts for today’s teaching and a link for the broadcast…Blessings!
1. Luke 1:1-4 (KJV)
2. 2 Timothy 3:14-17 (ESV)
3. Romans 7:1 (KJV)
4. Romans 7:6 (KJV)
5. Reference made to 2 Peter 3:16
a. 2Pe 3:15-18
(15) And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
(16) As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
(17) Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
(18) But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
6. Matthew 5:17 (KJV)
a. “Think not that I am come — that I came.
to destroy the law, or the prophets — that is, “the authority and principles of the Old Testament.” (On the phrase, see Mat_7:12; Mat_22:40; Luk_16:16; Act_13:15). This general way of taking the phrase is much better than understanding “the law” and “the prophets” separately, and inquiring, as many good critics do, in what sense our Lord could be supposed to meditate the subversion of each…
I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil — Not to subvert, abrogate, or annul, but to establish the law and the prophets - to unfold them, to embody them in living form, and to enshrine them in the reverence, affection, and character of men, am I come.”
b. I came not to destroy, but to fulfil (ouk ēlthon katalusai alla plērōsai). The verb “destroy” means to “loosen down” as of a house or tent (2Co_5:1). Fulfil is to fill full. This Jesus did to the ceremonial law which pointed to him and the moral law he kept. “He came to fill the law, to reveal the full depth of meaning that it was intended to hold” (McNeile).
c. Think not - Do not imagine, fear, hope, that I am come - Like your teachers, to destroy the law or the prophets. I am not come to destroy - The moral law, but to fulfil - To establish, illustrate, and explain its highest meaning, both by my life and doctrine.
d. Let none suppose that Christ allows his people to trifle with any commands of God's holy law. No sinner partakes of Christ's justifying righteousness, till he repents of his evil deeds. The mercy revealed in the gospel leads the believer to still deeper self-abhorrence. The law is the Christian's rule of duty, and he delights therein. If a man, pretending to be Christ's disciple, encourages himself in any allowed disobedience to the holy law of God, or teaches others to do the same, whatever his station or reputation among men may be, he can be no true disciple. Christ's righteousness, imputed to us by faith alone, is needed by every one that enters the kingdom of grace or of glory; but the new creation of the heart to holiness, produces a thorough change in a man's temper and conduct.
e. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but (g) to fulfil.
Christ did not come to bring any new way of righteousness and salvation into the world, but indeed to fulfil that which was shadowed by the figures of the Law, by delivering men through grace from the curse of the Law: and moreover to teach the true use of obedience which the Law appointed, and to engrave in our hearts the power for obedience. That the prophecies may be accomplished.
The commentary quotes could go for several more pages. However, I believe that we has established the fact that according to Romans 3:31, “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.”
Returning to Romans 7:22-25, Paul writes, “For I delight (take joy in) the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind (remember this phrase), and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin (is God’s Holy Law the law of sin?) which is in my members. (Paul is declaring that unless Messiah returns he must also fulfil the law and die.) O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ or Lord. SO THEN WITH THE MIND I MYSELF SERVE THE LAW OF GOD; but with the flesh the law of sin.”~Commentary in brackets () are from this writer.
The Law could not bring us to the goal of Salvation. Christ did this for us. This is why Paul also wrote in Romans 8: 3-4, “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh (our flesh), God sending His own Son IN THE LIKENESS OF SINFUL FLESH (yet not born with the curse of the Adamic sin nature), and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. (Note He did not condemn the law in the flesh) That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled IN US, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
Again Paul wrote in Romans 10:4, “For Christ is the end (the definite point or goal…the point aimed at…immediate, ultimate or prophetic purpose) of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth.”
We will allow you time to meditate on what the Word of God says…knowing this…The law or Torah in its very definition means instruction…even as Paul wrote to Timothy that the Torah is profitable for doctrine (teaching), for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
2 Timothy 3:16
For His Glory…