“What’s It Really All About, Christian?”
WHAT DID THE HEBREW PROPHETS SAY ABOUT THEIR LAW?
Those Jesus Followers who hold to the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture sometimes don’t recognize the crucial difference between something the Hebrew Law stated and something God said!
However, New Covenant Believers in Jesus must be careful because numerous Old Testament prophets emphatically declared that God is not the one who gave the Law or commanded that the people offer sacrifices.
Also, God was not pleased with the Law’s many religious rituals …nor did He ever want them (cf. Jeremiah 7:21-23; Amos 5:21-24; Micah 6:6-8).
This is the same point the author of Hebrews makes in 10:5-6!
WHAT’S THE LAW’S BOTTOM LINE FOR CHRISTIANS?
Let’s not debate whether Matthew 5:17 or the related texts of Romans 10:4, Galatians 3:23-25, and Ephesians 2:15 about whether Jesus reconfirmed or did away with the Mosaic Law. Let’s put those debates behind us, Brothers and Sisters in Jesus. Let’s ask ourselves the above question.
What is clear from Scripture (both Old and New Covenants) is that the law is accomplished and fulfilled when we love God and love others (Galatians 5:14; James 2:8; Rom 13:8-10; 1 Timothy 1:5; Matthew 22:37; Luke 10:27; Mark 12:30-31).
The goal of the law is love. Love is the summation of the law. Love was the defining characteristic of Jesus, who is the only Person to have ever fulfilled the law.
2015-04-30 – Latter is retitled and edited from Jeremy Myers Blog.