“”Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets.” (Mt 5:17a NKJV)
People will argue that Jesus did not come to destroy the law, but they are misquoting the scripture. The actual scripture says:
“”Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” (Mt 5:17 NKJV)
If they were to read the next verse God explains himself.
“”For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” (Mt 5:18 NKJV)
Nothing will change in the law until it is fulfilled. Once it is fulfilled the law will change. Jesus Himself said it. And Jesus fulfilled the law on the cross when he wiped out the handwriting which was against us. The handwriting is God’s handwriting of the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone.
“And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” (Col 2:13-14 NKJV)
Jesus brought in the new covenant to replace the old covenant. The old covenant was the Ten Commandments. They were never meant to be the way to heaven, they were just our school master to lead us to Jesus. When a non believer realises that they are a sinner and cannot earn their way to heaven they are led to Jesus. Faith in Jesus is the only way to get to heaven. If we could be holy enough to keep the law then there was no reason for Jesus to come and die on the cross.
“”I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”” (Ga 2:21 NKJV)