Whenever we are trying to make a contrast of terms or word
pictures, we use phrases such as:
It’s not white, but black. It’s not right, but wrong.
It’s not light, but dark. It’s not true, but false.
"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. Matthew 5:17-19
Y’shua did not say:
I did not come to abolish the law, I came to end the law.
There’s NO CONTRAST in this statement!
He was saying:
I did not come to abolish the law, I came to establish/consecrate it.
we know this? By checking the usage of the Greek word in the Septuagint. This
is what we find:
fulfill in Greek = pleroo meaning to fill to the full. In the Septuagint, this
same word is translated as “consecrate” and “execute.” Therefore,
Jesus came to fill to the full, to consecrate and to execute the torah before our
eyes; to give us an example of a truly righteous life.
Therefore, the traditional teaching that the law has been done away is obviously untrue just by looking at this simple statement by the Messiah. Indeed, the entire passage proves how seriously He felt about upholding the law/torah.
Matthew 5:17-19 "Do not
think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to
abolish, but to fulfill.
18 "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished.
19 "Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and so teaches others, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Based on this, anyone who teaches otherwise should seriously consider what Messiah said about those who do not heed His words, above:
everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he
who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.
22 "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'
23 "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.'* Matthew 7:21-23
*Lawlessness = (iniquity, KJV) 458, anomia, from 459, illegality, violation of law, wickedness, transgression of law, unrighteous.
To what law is this referring? The root word
Root word: 459 anomos, lawless (i.e. negatively), not subject to the Jewish law, without law, lawless, transgressor, unlawful, wicked
who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.
1 John 3:4