18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. He rejected the doctrines of the scribes and Pharisees and this angered them. Paul never wrote of eternal punishment for sinners. Jesus said that the entire Law is to remain in effect until heaven and earth are gone. Daniel 9 promises atonement for sin through the killing of the messiah. In his view, God begot the Son as a rational power before all creatures as a Beginning; of the very substance of the Father. The white horse of the first seal symbolizes the gospel. Jesus has always existed. God, “who knows the heart,” accepted the Gentiles without circumcision. 18 “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Other such examples can be found in Matthew 2:14, 23; 8:17; 12:17; 13:14, 35; 21:4; 26:56; 27:9). Discussion of the instances where this gospel refers to Jesus as theos. Does “the Word” refer to Jesus, or is it a personification of the Wisdom of God in creation? Implications of the conclusion that this is the book of life. 2. Mateo 5:17 Study the Inner Meaning ... 18. Why did Jesus deliberately heal on the Sabbath? “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished” (v18). The Sabbath was a day of rest; not for church meetings or worship. This confirms that the phrase “the Law and the Prophets” refers to the Old Testament.]. The mighty cry of the angel of Revelation 18 plunges the beast’s kingdom into darkness. He consistently warns that sinners will die; irreversibly, permanently, and eternally. Jesus Fulfills the Law 17 v“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. In return, the Catholic Church called all to destroy them, causing centuries of massacres. … spiritual forces of wickedness that possess people. This is an overview of the articles on the verses that refer to Jesus as theos. Ignatius also described the Father as the only true God, unapproachable and Begetter of the only-begotten Son. Her merchants are her false prophets. Daniel mentions Darius as king of the Chaldeans, but secular history does not mention such a person. Matthew 5:17-18. The beast is a specific human organization that comes into existence at a specific point in time. The essence of Daniel 9 is that the Messiah will appear within 500 years after Jerusalem has been handed back to the Jews; that is, before Jerusalem is destroyed in AD 70. 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. Since “the Law” refers to the entire Old Testament, the statement “not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished” (verse 18) does not mean that all of God’s commandments, as recorded in the Old Testament will always remain applicable. Since He was “begotten,” He was not created. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. This extremely compact prophecy gave to Israel six glorious goals and promised the messiah, through whom these goals would be fulfilled. The Old Testament promised Christ as the Savior of the world and He came to convert promise into reality. My very first article on the seals – I am currently dividing it into smaller articles. There was much debate. Matthew 5:17. To reveal the true nature of the people with the mark of the beast. Scripture quoted by permission. 23:29, 32). But to fulfill - Jesus came not as an Abrogator but as a Fulfiller of the Law. It, rather, means that everything that is promised or predicted in the Old Testament will come true through Christ. The fact that HELPS Word-studies claims that nomos—law—refers to the whole OT is not sufficient. I have seen a number of Bible study tools that are guided by commonly held Christian beliefs rather than the actual Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic words on the page. The Sabbath became an intolerable burden, falsely depicting God as a tyrant. Sermon on the Mount Did Jesus say that He and the Father are one being? Dispensationalism objects to the Messianic interpretation by claiming that Christ’s first advent did not fulfill the goals in Daniel 9:24. Jesus told a parable of “a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind; and when it was filled …” (Matt. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Philippians 2: Jesus had equality with God, but emptied Himself of it. 1) Some understand that Jesus came to do the Law, and this is a statement that His actions fulfill the righteous requirement of the Law. “Fulfill,” therefore, is used in Matthew 5:17 to say that Jesus came to make true what was prophesied in the Old Testament, for example: “… that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled” (Luke 24:44). His coming to earth, to raise God’s dead people who sleep in the tombs, will be visible and audible; not a secret rapture. Strong’s Concordance defines this word as “to make full, to complete.”. The 490 years begin with a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem. Furthermore, the Church Council told non-Jews to keep these four laws… BECAUSE they will be attending synagogue… on the Sabbath… to learn the rest of what Moses wrote—the Law. Who are they? Let us read Jesus’ words in more detail. 1. the Law (Scripture), with emphasis on the first five books of Scripture; or The strict traditions allowed little space for compassion. Does the seventh seal include the seven trumpets? According to the Old Testament, the covenant is permanent while the Law was a temporary emergency addition that will fall away. He responded that the purpose of the Sabbath is to free people from Satan’s bonds. To support their translation, Jehovah Witness argue that theos is a count noun. This is a summary of a long comment which Thomas posted. The people with the mark of the beast can see this, but they refuse to repent. – A study of Matthew 5:17-18 – Jesus did not come to abolish but to fulfill the Law and the prophets. This article responds. The Levitical priesthood and the earthly tabernacle were only a copy of the reality in heaven, and could therefore not free people from guilt for sin. Unless otherwise indicated, all quotes are from the NASB. The following are instances in Matthew where pléroó is used in the sense of “to make full, to complete:”. He is “, This conclusion, that Jesus came to put in effect what the Old Testament promised, is also confirmed by verse 18. More than 20 years after Jesus said He did not come to abolish the Torah but to fulfill it, the Church Council was still discussing the Law’s applicability to gentiles. Articles on Galatians – Since Galatians explains the decision of the Church Council, these articles are, in a sense, part of the series on Galatians. Jesus has equality with God. A comparison of the beasts in Daniel 7 and 8 shows that the evil horn-king arises out of the Roman Empire. To identify this decree, consider four Persian decrees. In the Consistent Symbolical view, Daniel 9 is also symbolic. Obviously not. The interpretations of the meaning of “fulfill” in Matthew 5:17 basically fall into three categories. The first 483 years ended with Christ’s baptism. The Fifth Seal is the beginning of the Time of the End. Jesus taught a different Sabbath. Luke 16:16; John 1:45). The word “fulfill” is translated from the Greek word pléroó (Strong’s 4137). Literal or symbolic war, famine and death? For fifty years afterward, the emperors were Arian and actively crushed the Nicene party. Jesus did not do away with the moral commandments but replaced it with higher standards. Matthew 5:17. The traditions were intended as a hedge against sin, but, eventually, promoted self-righteousness, destroyed love and represented God as a tyrant. A discussion of objections to the previous article. Peter said that God saves both groups by faith through grace. God “, While some Christian Pharisees claimed, “, Gentiles were always allowed to convert to Judaism through circumcision. Satan deceives & accuses. This confirms Daniel as a true prophecy. Who is “he” and with whom does “he” confirm the covenant? “Then what had been spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled” (Mt. Matthew 5:17 Christ and the Law, Part 1 - John MacArthur; Matthew 5:18 Christ and the Law, Part 2 - John MacArthur; NOT ABOLITION BUT FULFILLMENT. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. Demons will unite world leaders in mind and spirit against God. Literal interpreters propose that ancient Babylon will be rebuilt on the literal Euphrates River, to become the political and commercial capital of the world. 18 For truly, I say to you, suntil heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. The “days” were days on which some Christians abstained from eating meat. Daniel correctly predicted HOW the Roman Empire will fall. According to Galatians, the Law of Christ replaced the Law of Moses. Evolution teaches that man never was a sinless being, that sin is simply our present level of development and, consequently, that we do not need a savior. Where does the sealing of the 144000 in Revelation 7:1-8 fit in the end-time events described later in Revelation? (, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Jesus added that He came to “fulfill” “the Law and the Prophets.”. Everything in the Old Testament must come true, including the promised end-time events, such as the “new heavens and a new earth” (Isaiah 65:17). Who is Jesus? Some Jewish Christians came from Judea to Antioch and taught: “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved” (Acts 14:26; 15:1). When did the war in heaven start and when was Satan driven out of heaven? The church in Antioch then sent Paul and Barnabas and some others up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders to get finality on this matter (v2). If this view is accurate, Jesus is not pointing back to the “Law or the Prophets” of 5:17-18 in 5:19, but He is emphasizing His own authoritative commands in Matthew 5-7, particularly beginning at 5:21. 17 (A)“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. False religion loses the support of the people of the world. Rather, the Old Testament is essentially about Jesus. My Afrikaans translation of The Final Quest; a book by Rick Joyner. When Jerusalem persecuted the church, Israel forfeited its last opportunity to repent, Stephen pronounced God’s judgment on it and the Christians fled to Judea and Samaria. When they arrived in Jerusalem, some Pharisees, who have become Christians, repeated their stance: “It is necessary to circumcise them and Paul’s letter to the Galatians explains the decision. Either Antiochus IV Epiphanes or an end-time Antichrist or the Roman Church. This is Thomas Lee’s response to the Law of Christ-article. The Sabbath was to be the best day of the week for it was made for man. Matthew 5:17-18 New International Version (NIV) The Fulfillment of the Law 17 “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. The book of Job explains that Satan knew that God would not use force, but would allow all created beings complete freedom. “This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet” (Matt. Christ did more than merely to interpret the Law of Moses; He replaced the Law of Moses with much higher moral standards, reflecting the Father’s perfect heart, which Paul calls the Law of Christ. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. He taught the Sabbath as a day to work to heal and restore people. This confirms the interpretation above of “fulfill.”, If Jesus made the Old Testament come true, does that mean that the Old Testament is now done away with? Christ kept the Law perfectly, and we are to walk as He walked; He is our example. Not the smallest letter shall pass from the Law. This means that the Law remains in effect and is for all people. Note that this verse explains the ‘I came to fulfill’ statement in verse 17 and uses “, If Jesus made the Old Testament come true, does that mean that the Old Testament is now done away with? Table of Contents of the Articles on Christ’s Return: Why has Jesus not yet returned? God “made no distinction.”. The Bible consistently distinguishes between God and Jesus. The first five plagues erode the beast’s authority. Gentiles, therefore, do not need to be circumcised. In the prophecy’s Poetic Pattern, which alternates between Jerusalem and the Messiah, Jesus confirms the covenant for seven years. This article shows that the last week is prior to AD 70. The context is a dispute about eating meat. If Jesus said not the smallest letter shall pass from the Law, why did the Acts 15 Church Council grant Gentiles freedom from the Law? Since verse 17 refers to “, Pléroó, therefore, does not mean ‘do away with’. Matthew 5:17-18 (NKJV) "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. How did the cross refute Satan’s accusations? Jesus taught more about the Sabbath than all the other nine commandments put together. Jesus is the Beginning and the End. Does Daniel 9 describe the same crisis as Daniel’s other prophecies? The Poetic Pattern and the repetition of ideas identify this as the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. As another example, when the soldiers came to arrest Jesus, and one of the disciples cut off the ear of the high priest’s slave with his sword, Jesus told His disciple to put his sword away, saying, “How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?” (Matt. In the fifth century, Arian Germanic immigrants dominated the Western Empire and the West was Arian once again. How are they related? Salem Media Group. The “Law” in the phrase “the Law or the Prophets” (v17) refers to the first five books of the Bible, namely the books that were written by Moses: The Greek word is nomos. Down through the In the Historic-Messianic Interpretation of Daniel 9, God extends His covenant with Israel with 490 years and Jesus confirmed this covenant during the last seven years. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. What God spoke to us in His Son, as contained in the gospels and the New Testament, has a much higher authority than the Old Testament. Then everybody kept silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul as they told them what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles (Acts 15:12). God permanently engrained the seventh day into human existence. 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