A Systematic Expository Study of the Word of God
THE PERMANENCE OF GODíS WORD
ďThink not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets.Ē ďThe law and the prophetsĒ refer to the whole of the Old Testament (Matthew 11:13; 22:36-40; John 1:45; Acts 13:15; 28:23). Our Lordís authority did not contradict or cancel the authority of the Scriptures. Jesus Christ upheld the permanence of the Scriptures. His message and Godís written Word are inseparable. As God does not change (Malachi 3:6), His Word also does not change.
ďThink not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets.Ē In its most limited sense, ďthe lawĒ referred to the Ten Commandments. In a broader sense, it was used to refer to the Pentateuch, the five books of Moses. In a still broader sense, it was used to speak of the entire Old Testament (Romans 13:8-10; James 2:8-11; John 7:19-23; Matthew 5:18; Luke 16:16,17). The prophets reiterated and reinforced the law. All their warnings, admonitions and predictions were directly or indirectly based on the Mosaic law. Godís revelation to the prophets was an extension of His law. The foundation of the Old Testament was the law given in the Pentateuch, which the prophets, psalmists, and other inspired writers preached, expounded and applied.
CONFIRMED FINALITY OF GODíS WORD
Matthew 5:17,18; 24:35; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Proverbs 30:5,6; Psalm 119:89-91; Revelation 22:18,19.
ďThink not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets.Ē There were thoughts and speculations among the religious leaders and the common people concerning the purpose of Christís coming. Did He come to destroy the law? Was His ministry to cancel the moral law and make the nation lawless and ungovernable? No. The moral law is Godís foundational standard for righteous living.
Jesus fulfilled the moral law by His perfect righteousness and preached the necessity of repentance and righteousness. Did He come to destroy the judicial law which was given to provide unique identity for Israel as a nation? No. He came to fulfil the law, to pay the penalty of the broken law for the whole nation and the whole world. Did He come to destroy the ceremonial law - the law of sacrifices? No. He came to fulfil the law by offering Himself as the final sacrifice, the perfect sacrifice. Having fulfilled the law of the sacrificial system, He brought all the other sacrifices to an end.
Jesus Christ upheld the permanence of Godís Word. He required inward and outward obedience to Godís Word. He, Himself, lived to ďfulfil all righteousnessĒ and inspired His disciples to ďhunger and thirst after righteousness.Ē
CHRISTíS FULFILMENT OF GODíS WORD
Matthew 5:17,18; 1:21-23; 8:16,17; 13:34,35; Matthew 26:47-56; 27:9,34,35; Mark 15:25-28; Luke 24:27,44,45; John 15:22-25; 19:28-36; Acts 3:18-26; 13:27-33.
ďI am not come to destroy, but to fulfilĒ. Christ came to fulfil ďthe law and the prophetsĒ in its fulness. He submitted Himself to God totally and obeyed His Word perfectly. He fulfilled the commandments, statutes, types, prophecies and all the declarations in all details. From conception to crucifixion, in His incarnation, life and ministry, His work and miracles, His death, burial and resurrection, Jesus fulfilled all ďthe law and the prophets.Ē
Jesus fulfilled the Scriptures by fully meeting its demands. In His life, He perfectly kept every part of Godís Word. He was perfectly righteous and did not violate the smallest part of Godís law. He was utterly flawless in His obedience and He has provided the perfect model of righteousness for us. The moral law fulfilled by Christ is still being fulfilled through His disciples. He gives grace to all who belong to Him to walk in obedience and righteousness.
CHRISTIANSí FAITHFULNESS TO GODíS WORD
Matthew 5:17,18; 7:12; 22:36-40; James 2:8-12; Romans 3:21-26; 13:8-10; Galatians 5:14; Acts 24:14-16; Luke 10:25-28.
ďThe disciple is not above his master; nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lordĒ (Matthew 10:24,25).
If Christ, our Lord and Saviour, our Master and Perfect Example, did not come to destroy ďthe law and the prophetsĒ, none of His true followers will ever attempt to destroy Godís Word by their character, doctrine, ministry or influence. Christ held Godís Word in high esteem, upheld the Scriptures as sacred and proclaimed the Word as infallible. So will every true believer regard every part and detail of Godís Word as sacred, infallible and authoritative. As Christ came to fulfil Godís written Word to the minutest detail, so must we be willing to fulfil, that is, obey Godís Word. It is written of Christ, ďLo, I come to do Thy will, O GodĒ (Hebrews 10:7). He, Himself, declared, ďThus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousnessĒ (Matthew 3:15). ďHe that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walkedĒ (1 John 2:6).
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