Sep 12, 2011

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I Tell You the Truth | Matthew 5:18

I Tell You the Truth | Matthew 5:18

When reading the bible I noticed Jesus said the phrase “I tell you the truth . . .” numerous times during His ministry.  I don’t know about you, but when I hear the son of God say, “I tell you the truth . . .”,  I figure it is a good time to listen and try to understand what He is referring to.  Today I will analyzing Mathew 5:18.

“I tell you the truth, 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.” – Matthew 5:18

To help me understand what Jesus was talking about I referred to what He said right before he spoke this truth.  In Matthew 5:17 Jesus says “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.”  Since Jesus fulfilled the law, do the Old Testament laws still apply to us today?  In the Old Testament there were three categories of law:

  1. Ceremonial Law – Related directly to Israel’s worship.  Its primary purpose was to point forward to Jesus Christ, so since Jesus fulfilled the law, it was no longer needed after Jesus’ death and resurrection.  These are the laws that the Pharisees always accused Jesus of violating.  While we are no longer bound by these laws the underlying principles to worship and love our holy God still apply.
  2. Civil Law – Jesus demonstrated the principles of Civil law by example.  These laws are timeless and should guide how we conduct ourselves.  An example of a Civil law can be found in Deuteronomy 24:10, 11 . . .)
  3. Moral Law – Think of Moral Law as the Ten Commandments, or any direct command from God.  Jesus obeyed Moral law and thus it still applies to us today.

After analyzing some background information, it is easy to see that Civil Law, Moral Law, and the underlying principles of Ceremonial Law (worship and love God) still apply to us today.  This is affirmed in Matthew 5:19 as Jesus says, “Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commandments will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

Understand this to mean something different?  Please let me know by leaving a comment!!!


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