Matthew 5:17 – “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.”
I addressed the issue in February 2015, in a blog called Abolish or Fulfill, of what those terms mean. Many continue to teach that the Law, the Torah, and the Older Covenant, have been replaced by the Newer Covenant – that the law has been abolished, negated, done away with, canceled, or replaced. But this teaching is not in accordance with scripture. We will look further at this topic today.
No Law Means No Sin
The scriptures regarding no law, therefore no sin, are found in Romans 4:15 – “Where there is no law, neither is there transgression or sin,” in Romans 5:13 – “For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.” and in Romans 7:8 – “For without the law sin is dead.” If the law has been abolished, negated, done away with, canceled, or replaced, then there is no more any sin. Bluntly put, NO law, No sin. And this is not at all what the scriptures teach. Scripture clearly teaches that all fall short (Romans 3:23), and that sin is still in the world, and will continue to grow worse and worse (2 Timothy 2:13). Since sin is still present and in fact is growing worse – then the law, or Torah, is still in effect.
Matthew 5:18 agrees. In this verse Yeshua states very clearly: “For verily I say unto you, Until heaven and earth pass away, not one smallest letter or one tiny pen stroke shall in any way pass away from the law, until all things are accomplished.” (KJV reads jot or tittle). There are many things still to be accomplished so the law is not abolished negated, done away with, canceled, or replaced. It is still in full effect, down to the least jot and tittle!
A New Covenant Replaces The Old Covenant
The scripture that some use to claim that the “new” covenant replaces the old covenant is found in Hebrews 8:6-13, which is a quote from Jeremiah 31:31-34!, and ONLY refers to a very specific case: The OLD covenant wrote the law on stone tablets. The NEW covenant writes those very same laws on the mind and on the heart! (see especially Hebrews 8:10). The law is not negated, done away with, canceled, or replaced. It is ONLY written in a NEW place!
The NEW covenant Yeshua refers to at the Last Supper with his Disciples also pertains to only a very specific case: the judicial penalty and payment required by the law for committing a sin. That payment has been paid in full by Yeshua’s sacrifice and spilt blood. Hebrews 9:15 puts it this way: our transgressions committed under the first covenant have been paid for by Yeshua’s death. Now, instead of receiving death, or having to pay for our own sins, we receive an eternal inheritance. Again, a very specific application, not a general negation, removal, cancellation, or replacement of the entire older covenant!
With this, 2 Corinthians 3:6 agrees fully, stating: “Yahweh made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” The law has only been taken out of the physical, letter mode and placed in the Spirit mode – it has not been in any way negated, done away with, canceled, or replaced.
The contention that the Older Covenant and the Law has been done away with simply does not conform to the teaching of the scriptures. Sin is still here and growing worse. Many things need to still be accomplished. Each mention of a “new” covenant applies only to a specific case or application of the Older Covenant, not a general negation, removal, cancellation, or replacement of the entire older covenant, the Law, or the Torah!
Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew Prophets. The day is coming when Yahweh will show his strength on the mountains of Israel. What is prophesied will come to pass, what is foretold will be made known. Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.
February 12, 2015 – Abolish-or-Fulfill