The Scripture Verses
I will break these Scripture verses down under 4 separate captions so you can fully grasp what the Lord is trying to tell us on this topic. All of these verses mean exactly what they are saying and they do not need any kind of fancy interpretation.
1. Jesus Did Not Come to Destroy the Law - But to Fulfill It
This first verse I will now list will completely set the stage as far as the law is concerned and what God is expecting from all of us. Though the Bible says that we are no longer under the law, but under grace - this does not mean that we are to fully do away with all of God's laws, which are His commandments to us on how we are to live in this life.
Granted, there are some laws back in the OT that would not apply in the kind of environment we are now living in. But many of what I call the basic laws are still in full play today such as all of the 10 commandments, God's laws on not engaging with anything having to do with the occult, along with staying out of such sins as homosexuality and fornication.
In the OT, they did not have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of them. They thus did not have His power available to them in which to help them overcome some of the sins they were engaging in. Now all NT believers have the Holy Spirit on the inside of them and they thus now have His power available to them in which to help them overcome the temptation to sin, or if by chance they have fallen into any type of bad sin, the power of the Holy Spirit to actually pull them out of it and set them free.
Here is this first very powerful verse direct from Jesus Christ Himself:
"Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the ; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:17-20)
Notice that this is Jesus talking in the New Testament, not God the Father talking in the OT. Jesus is flat out telling us that He still wants all of us to still abide by His Father's basic laws and commandments and that He will expect all of us to do so until "all is fulfilled" - which is when we will get the New Heaven and the New Earth after Jesus' millennial rule has ended.
As you will see in the verses that I will list below, all of these basic laws and commandments from God the Father are all being given to us for our own good and for our own protection, as the Bible tells us that the wages of sin will be death.
As such, we should all do our best to try and abide by them and keep them as best we can, and when we do run into any problems with any specific sin areas, we have the Holy Spirit Himself to help us get victory over any specific sins that are starting to drag us down.
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