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The Fulfillment of the Law (Matt. 5: 17-20)

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them…” (Matthew 5:17). At the time Jesus spoke these words the New Testament had not been penned. Thus, His statement equated to the entire revealed word of God. To think that Jesus came to abolish the very scriptures that pointed to Him is preposterous. Yet there were those, and still others today, who disbelieve that Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promises.

We should not be surprised that so many missed the mark as it relates to Jesus. The entire Old Testament is the expression of God’s will. That men misunderstood the Law and the Prophets (Old Testament) means they misunderstood God’s will. So Jesus brought clarification, “He taught as one who had authority, and not as their scribes“ (Matthew 7:29).

As Christ’s disciples we are called to live and teach according to Jesus’ interpretation of the Old Testament’s intent and meaning. Thus we are called to a righteousness that exceeds that of the Scribes and Pharisees. While their righteousness was primarily concerned with their outward appearance, ours must consist of an inward transformation of the heart producing new motivations and actions. This is the source of our conduct toward others.

Jesus fulfilled the Father’s will because He understood His intent and meaning. Jesus is the embodiment of God’s Words (John 1:14). How has your understanding of God’s Word helped others to fulfill the Father’s will?

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