19 February 2020
Topic: Jesus
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Did Jesus fulfill the law?

Speaker: Apostle Ernie

“Christ fulfilled the Law, and by HIS shed blood, are we free. We are saved by the Grace of the Sacrifice of the Lamb of GOD JESUS CHRIST and are freed of the law by HIS Blood. To go back under the Law of Moses is false teaching and denies the Sacrifice JESUS made on the Cross.”

How should we respond to the above doctrine? 

This doctrine stands or falls on how you read Matt 5:17. The word Yeshua uses in Matt 5:17 for fulfill, in Greek, is plerosai. Plerosai has several different meanings in Greek: to make replete, to cram, furnish, satisfy, execute

At the same time, in Rom 3:31, Paul the Apostle says we uphold the law by faith. 

So how can we be free from the law, but uphold the law by faith?

Usually, the argument goes something like this; we fulfill the law of faith by believing in the death of Jesus, who freed us from the law of works, which is the law of Moses. 

If our understanding of what it means to fulfill is wrong, how we read Rom 3:31, and the doctrine mentioned above, has to change and can not stand any longer. Then we have to reject the doctrine mentioned above as heresy. 

In the same verse, Matt 5:17, Jesus says, “Do not think I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets.” The Greek word Jesus uses for abolish is katalysai. In comparison to the word plerosai, katalysai has only one meaning, and that is to demolish. So now we know what Yeshua is saying is this: “Do not think I have to demolish the Law or the Prophets, I have not come to demolish them but to fulfill them.” We remember the word for fulfill is plerosai; plerosai has several different meanings. Because this statement is at the end of the sentence, it has to connect to the start of the sentence. 

So if we read Matt 5:17 as “Do not think I have come to destroy and abolish the Law or the Prophets, I have not come to demolish them but to free you from the Law or the Prophets and destroy it” the sentence makes no sense.  

If we, on the other hand, uses the translation of the original two greek word plerosai and katalysai in the sentence, it does make sense. “Do not think I have come to destroy and abolish the Law or the Prophets, I have not come to demolish them but to make them replete, to cram, furnish, satisfy, execute.”

So what is Yeshua saying? 

He is saying He has not come to free us from the Law of Moses; He has come to show us how to obey Moses properly.

How can we know this for sure? Because of the two words used by Yeshua, plerosai, and katalysai. And we can know this for sure because Yeshua, in Matt 23:2, tells us to obey Moses but reject tradition and human-made doctrines. 

So what about Paul and Rom 3:31?

Evangelical Christians believe Paul was given the revelation of grace and salvation by faith instead of law. 

Nowhere in the Old Testament do we find any idea of reconciliation/redemption or salvation by law and works. What we do see is that the sacrificial system kept people saved, as long as they did not do any intentional sins. If you lived back then, and you had committed an unintentional sin, you could go to the temple and get saved by sacrificing an animal. We see this in the Bible in Lev 17, where it says the Blood of bulls and goats and other animals atoned for and took away sin. The sacrificial system could never atone for intentional sins. When Jesus was born, His death on the Cross atoned for both deliberate and unintentional sins. But as we can read in the book of Hebrews, atonement or intentional sins is a one time offer. If you commit intentional sins after accepting the Cross, you will be eternally lost. 

We know Paul was an educated Jew, so he knew all this to be true. As a Jew, he had participated in the atonement ritual several times in the temple. There is, therefore, no possible way Paul the Apostle could have had a “revelation of grace and salvation by faith.” His understanding of salvation never changed, Yehovah was and is a gracious God who forgives unintentional sins, and He has shown us His love in the Cross where He forgives intentional sins as a 1-time offer. 

This also explains 1. Cor 11, where Paul encourages his readers to imitate the life of Christ. If we know from Matt 5, Yeshua never came to free us from the law of Moses, but instead came to teach us how to obey Moses, then what Paul is saying in 1. Cor 11 is obey Moses as Yeshua did. 

This is what we see in 1. John 2:6, where it says those who claim to be united with Christ, has to live their lives as He did. If He obeyed Moses (Matt 23:2, 5), then we have to follow Moses to be united with Christ. (1. John 2:6).

So how should we respond to this doctrine: 

“Christ fulfilled the Law, and by HIS shed blood, are we free. We are saved by the Grace of the Sacrifice of the Lamb of GOD JESUS CHRIST and are freed of the law by HIS Blood. To go back under the Law of Moses is false teaching and denies the Sacrifice JESUS made on the Cross.”

By showing from the Bible how the idea that Jesus came to free us from the law of Moses is a heretical teaching.

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