KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:17 KJV” Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”
The Lord Jesus in our key scripture tells his audience not to think that he has come to abolish or destroy the law, but rather he came to fulfill it.
What do we make of what the scriptures talk about grace and the law? These matters are very important to consider because there are some people who hold very strongly to the law as the real dispensation of the church.
The Bible said the following concerning Jesus and the law. Galatians 4:4 KJV” But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,” Since he was made under the law he had to live under the law and fulfill all the requirements of the law. He said, he had come to fulfill the law because, He was born under the law.
Please note that before He was crucified on the cross, He introduced a new covenant. The law is, the old covenant, which the Bible talks about its introduction in Exodus 24:7&8. Exodus 24:8 KJV “And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.” The old covenant was established by the sprinkling of blood.
The Lord Jesus, at the tale end of his ministry also introduced a new covenant. Mat 26:28 KJV” For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. The old covenant was promulgated by the sprinkling of Blood. The new covenant was also promulgated by the shedding of Jesus blood. The old covenant was the law given through Moses What was then the new covenant? The answer is as follows. John 1:17 KJV” For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ”. The new covenant is the covenant of grace. The scriptures present this so beautifully this way, Gal 3:24 KJV “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith”. In Christ we are saved by grace through faith. (Eph 2:8&9) This is what it means to be justified through faith.
Now we live under the new covenant of the grace of God, in which the righteousness of the law is fulfilled in us by the power of the Spirit through faith. (Rom 8:4)
I have been saved by grace through faith. Now the righteousness of the law is fulfilled in me. It is now my nature to walk in the righteousness of the law by the power of the Spirit.
Romans 8:3 KJV” For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit”
Galatians 3:10 KJV “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.”