Sunday, October 19, 2014

Did Jesus Teach the Law?

The ministry of the Lord and John the Baptist was to the nation and it was an appeal for them to repent and turn back to God, this continued through the Acts period of course and the Lord's ministry was completely OT based. I can't remember the number of times the Lord quoted the OT, including the Law but as we know, it was the Law of Moses and the Prophets up until Acts 28. It was Moses and the Prophets who appealed to backsliding Israel to turn back, and this was the basis of the Lord's ministry. He said;
Mat 5:17  Do not think that I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to destroy but to fulfill.
Mat 5:18  For truly I say to you, Till the heaven and the earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall in any way pass from the Law until all is fulfilled.
Mat 5:19  Therefore whoever shall relax one of these commandments, the least, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of Heaven. But whoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of Heaven.
Mat 5:20  For I say to you that unless your righteousness shall exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of Heaven.

The very beatitudes are all OT based and the instructions following this extract above were all relating to the Temple services and offerings of the Israeli people.

Yes, the Lord taught the Law and the Prophets insofar as they were the dispensational settings of that time and justification by faith was part of that Law as Paul brings out in Romans 10. The tax-collector went home from the Temple justified by faith, Lk.18:9-14. It's such a blinding tragedy that the MAs teach justification by faith through grace was hidden in God when it is clearly given in the Law and the Prophets. The Pharisee worked the Law, the tax-collector beat upon his chest in true repentance and placed himself on the mercy of God.

Brian Kelson