Scripture Reading: Galatians 5
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled [come to pass].
Think not—implies people were thinking Messiah would do away with all law.
Destroy—loosen down, dissolve, undo, like your teachers do. Undermine the actual point.
Fulfill—fill up, level, establish. Fill up what was lacking. Further reveal.
Pass—earth is stable so is the law, both revelations of God.
Pass from the law—no slack in authority, Once ti comes to pass, then it goes away.
--Jesus fulfills much of the ceremonial aspects—priest, sacrifice, temple, etc.
And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Opened understanding—spirit, what is given to us, what the apostles received and revealed.
Behoved—obligation, necessary, must. Jerusalem—begins there, but extends to world—removing much of the national separations the law created—middle wall of partition.
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Break—annul, dissolve, make invalid. Not simply sinning, but actively proving you don’t have to do it, Pharisees did this Jesus will address examples.
Least commandments—as respected by people. Teach—either by word or example.
Least part in kingdom—no part in the heavenly kingdom; dishonored place in the present .
Exceed—not in amount, but in kind. Spiritual/internal as opposed to external.
And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.
Justify before men—their righteousness is external, done for show, to impress people. This disparages what the law was saying to do and undermines the whole thing.
Presseth—enter violently, meanwhile, Pharisees are standing still, content to be better in their own estimation.
Law to fail—to pass away. Gospel does not eliminate law; it fulfills law.
Romans 8:2-4—the Spirit creates true hearted obedience, not formal externals
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Weak through flesh—flesh finds no means by which to do the law, all it has is fleshly pride, which merely breaks the law!
Righteousness of the law—righteous requirements. Fulfilled—filled up, crammed full, satisfied, executed. Walk Spirit—Spirit in conjunction with spiritual law does the righteousness of the law flesh won’t and can’t do.
—love fulfills the moral aspects of the law
Romans 13:8--Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Romans 13:10--Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Galatians 5:14--For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Galatians 6:2--Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
James 2:8--If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
--the time we don’t need law fully is when we are created as spiritual beings, removed from a fallen created world.