Fulfilled the law

The Purpose of the law

Some would say the law is a guide for life. The bible says that the Holy Spirit is the guide for believers, so what is the purpose of the law?

The scripture says that Jesus fulfilled the law when He died on the cross. So what was the purpose of the law? Why did God give the Ten Commandments?

There are at least five different reasons and they all present part of the puzzle. Individually they do not seem to make sense but there is an ultimate reason. Most people who I have asked about the scriptures are not able to accept them and will openly change the scripture. We don’t change the scripture, the scripture changes us.

Let me cut to the answer. God wanted to remove pride.

Let me give you an example of the prideful professor. The professor claims to be the smartest person in the world, able to solve any math question. But he is not humble, he is proud and looks down on people. He claims to be so much smarter than you.

Most people will have one of two responses. Either they just want to punch him in the face, or they want to give him a very difficult maths question to bring him down to size. So let’s run with the second option.

If you were to give him a really simple maths question he will get it right and you will not have achieved your purpose. All you will do is increase his pride. You must give him a challenge. To reduce pride you must give him a question that he cannot solve. The impossible question is the only one that will work. You want him to fail. You want him to be aware of his failure. You want him to try really hard and still fail. You want to confine him to failure. You want to empower failure. Ultimately you want him to try as much as hard as possible and still fail. It is the only way to reduce pride.

God is exactly the same. God gives us the impossible question in the form of the Ten Commandments. Look at the scriptures which say the same thing. I have used the word fail and sin interchangeably for simplicity.

 “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” (Ro 3:19 NKJV) to make them become guilty – to fail.
“Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Ro 3:20 NKJV) to make them aware of their failure.
“Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,” (Ro 5:20 NKJV) to increase failure.
“But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.” (Ga 3:22 NKJV)  to confine them to failure / sin.
“The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.” (1Co 15:56 NKJV)  to give failure/sin power.

God gave the law, the Ten Commandments, so that we would fail, and hence reduce our pride. But the Ten Commandments cannot remove pride. The only way to remove pride is to have someone else do all the work. Do you see where this is leading? Jesus is the one who has done it all and deserves all of the glory. God has removed pride (referred to as boasting in scripture). But He did not achieve it by the Ten Commandments, the law of works, because that can only reduce pride. The only way to remove pride is to remove all of our own efforts. This is done when we rely on faith in Jesus.

“Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.” (Ro 3:27 NKJV)

 “Where then is there room for your boasting? It is for ever shut out. On what principle? On the ground of merit? No, but on the ground of faith.” (Ro 3:27 Wey)

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Christ fulfilled the law

 “”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)