"YESHUA fulfilled the Law, He did not abolish it"
What is the true meaning of this statement?
Matthew 5:17-18 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them. For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished."
The general perception is that we are exempt from being judged under the Law, because YESHUA has already atoned for all our sins. This belief, which is rooted in the broadly accepted teachings of traditional Christianity, preaches a message whereby YESHUA has eliminated the terrible burden of observing the Mosaic Law which included:
Ceremonial laws (animal sacrifices, dietary restrictions, ritual washings, not working on the Sabbath, circumcision, etc.).
Civil laws (regulating social behavior and prescribing crimes, penalties and other requirements), and
moral and ethical laws.
The reality is that this general perception is only partially true.
First of all, Justice is the foundation of YAHWEH's throne, for He is primarily a Judge.
Psalms 89:14 "Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; loving devotion and faithfulness go before You."
He does not save sinners by cancelling his Law which is the foundation of his government in heaven and on earth. He cannot nullify his Law in order to forgive sin because it is immutable like himself. In that respect, the divine purpose of the Law will always have a lasting effect.
Psalms 111:7-8 "The works of His hands are truth and justice; all His precepts are trustworthy. They are upheld forever and ever, enacted in truth and uprightness.."
However, under the old Mosaic Law, it had become almost impossible to try to develop a relationship with YAHWEH, because of the many principles rooted and ingrained in men's traditions, rites and customs. Notice how YESHUA and His disciples did not abide by several requirements of the tenets of the scribes. Furthermore, He criticized many practices that did not align with YAHWEH's purpose. We have the following examples:
The strict Sabbath laws.
Mark 3:4-5 “And He asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?” But they were silent. Jesus looked around at them with anger and sorrow at their hardness of heart. Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out, and it was restored."
Ceremonial laws such as washing hands before eating.
Matthew 15:1-3 “Then some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, “Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They do not wash their hands before they eat.” Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?”
Certain civil laws on sentencing and punishment.
John 8:4-7 “and said, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such a woman. So what do You say?” .They said this to test Him, in order to have a basis for accusing Him. But Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with His finger. When they continued to question Him, He straightened up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to cast a stone at her.”
Matthew 15:11 “A man is not defiled by what enters his mouth, but by what comes out of it.”
By his crucifixion, YESHUA fulfilled this entire set of dogmas which constituted the Law, so that we could communicate with YAHWEH as part of a new covenant for the forgiveness of sins.
Acts 13:37-39 "But the One whom God raised from the dead did not see decay. Therefore let it be known to you, brothers, that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through Him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses."
During His entire earthly life, YESHUA totally submitted to and continued to obey the moral and ethical laws that include the 10 Commandments. And because He proved it is perfectly possible to fully abide by them, the Law that dictates the moral and ethical code remains. It has been maintained and is in full effect throughout a man's life.
Romans 7:1 "Do you not know, brothers (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law has authority over a man only as long as he lives?"
Although converted and born-again Christians benefit from divine grace (i.e. their transgressions can be blocked or blotted out), the moral and ethical Law ( including the 10 Commandments) which has never been abolished, requires them to continue to fully abide by it in the same way YESHUA did.
Romans 6:15 "What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law, but under grace? Certainly not!"
Matthew 19:16-20 "Just then a man came up to Jesus and inquired, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to obtain eternal life?” Why do you ask Me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments. ”Which ones?” the man asked. Jesus answered, “ ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.’ All these I have kept,” said the young man. “What do I still lack? Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me."
*Note also that all the world judicial laws are rooted in the basic principles of ethics and morality of the Divine Law. To this effect, the first article of the Charter of Human Rights states that "All humans are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards each other in a spirit of brotherhood", echoes the basic teachings of YESHUA who persistently affirmed and promoted the concepts of equality and love for our neighbors, insisting on the fact that obedience must freely come from the heart.
May the Holy Spirit guide you through the understanding of this message.