Sunday, 15 December 2013

The Law Shall Not Fail

Jesus said not one jot nor tittle of the Law shall pass away til all be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

Some are asserting that means God's requirement of keeping Moses' Law has not changed and that the requirement extends to Christians. 

Yet even these very people have changed the way they say Moses' Law is to be kept - changes far greater than a mere jot or tittle.

So what did Jesus mean?

1. The Law was more than just Moses' Law - it was the entire Old Testament revelation. 

We see the word "law" used with that wider scope, in Jesus' words elsewhere in the Gospels.

2. The Old Testament spoke of Christ and a New Covenant coming.

3. Parts of the Old Testament can have had their time or found their fulfilment before some other part of it has been fulfilled.

4. While still waiting for those other parts to have their day and be fulfilled, after other parts had already had their day and been fulfilled, it could still be said that the entirety of the revelation contained in the Old Testament was true.

5. So Jesus meant that the entirety of Old Testament revelation shall not fail to be fulfilled in its time, and meanwhile each part of it should continue to be obeyed by those to whom that part of it related while that part of it still related to them. 

He didn't mean that every detail of Moses' Law should continue to be obeyed literally forever.

Firstly because the Law itself prophesied a new and different day coming.

And secondly because it's logistically impossible to obey much of Moses' Law now, since the altar and Levitical priesthood no longer exist.

Jesus statement did not preclude the outcome of Moses' Law becoming annulled. Or else Jesus' statement failed.

Jesus meant that no part of the revelation contained in the Old Testament will fail to come to pass. 

This implied that every part of it should be obeyed by those to whom that part related for as long as it still related to them.

But it didn't mean every part of Moses' Law will always relate directly to everyone forever literally.

Part of that revelation included the coming of a new, different and better covenant.

Not that the Old Covenant Law (Moses' Law) should not have been perfectly obeyed while that covenant was still in force. It should - and Jesus did. He did it, and taught it - to those to whom it still applied.

But He also spoke of a coming change, and then eventually inaugurated the new covenant. 

He then commanded the Apostles to go into all the world and teach all nations to observe all things whatsoever He had commanded them.

Well the full facet of His commands included statements about change. 

Jesus' ministry under the Law was strictly to Jews who were still under the Law. But He spoke of a new day coming.

The Apostles eventually understood that Jesus had not commanded them to literally impose Moses' Law all around the world.

To do that would have been to fail to properly put together the full facet of everything Jesus had commanded during His three-and-a-half years.

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