Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Jesus, a new law-giver?

"We can be sure that the Law is confused with the Gospel when Christ is spoken about as a new law-giver, as one who tells us the new principles or rules by which we can come to God. This flies in the face of the words of the Apostle John who states that Law does not come by Christ. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. (John 1:17 KJV)

Jesus did not come to judge the world, but to offer the means by which we are saved. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. ( John 3:17 KJV). Jesus did not come to give a better law than Moses. He came to give in mercy that which was far greater than Moses could give. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (1Tim. 1:15 KJV)

Jesus could not be considered a new law-giver by the commands he spoke. He was teaching the fuller meaning of the old Law. What Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount was a fulfillment of the Law of Moses. Think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the prophets; I am not come to destroy but to fulfill (Matthew 5:17 KJV)"

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