Fulfillment of the Law

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. (Mark 13:31, ESV)

This verse from the New Testament is a reminder how as Disciples of Christ Jesus, we must not forget the Old Testament. Some may believe that we no longer have to read or study the Old Testament because we no longer have to follow the same laws. This is an understatement and Mark 13:31 reminds of this.       Jesus said, “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” (Matthew 5:17, ESV). He then goes on to talk about all the different laws and rules they and we have heard and read about in old times. He shows them that now since we are under grace and mercy, we are held to higher standard. In the first of these examples, Jesus talks about anger and murder.

In Matthew 5:21,22 Jesus informs us, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire” (ESV). In the Old Testament it says that it is a sin to murder, and here in the New Testament, Jesus not only says that it is still a sin, but being held to a higher standard because we Ambassadors For Christ, it is a sin to even be angry with each other.

Let us read and remember the Old Testament in the same way we read and study the New Testament, because God said that His words will never pass away.


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