The Institutional Church says He did. This came as no surprise to Jesus Who, knowing that Satan would “deceive the whole world” (Rev. 9:12), warned people about the devil’s deceptive powers by stating: “I did not come (to earth) to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it” (Mat. 5:17,18). I have consistently warned God seekers about this deadly soul-killing error from day one on this website and on my YouTube site which can be viewed at proveallthingsofgod. However, I find that the voice of Satan is still being heard and believed within the Catholic/Protestant community. Therefore I find it necessary to remind people about the God-Christ-church-Law connection periodically.
The first error relative to the prevailing theology is found in the first eight words spoken by Jesus in the above quote: “I did not come to destroy the Law ….” How much clearer does He have to be? Evidently, much clearer. One of the first doctrines I can remember being taught in church was that we are not under the Law. God, I was assured, had nailed it to the cross of Jesus, thereby putting it to death. I was assured that, the Law having been done away with, the church now defined sin. That done, God’s grace made all church-defined sin disappear. All grace–no Law has been the church’s oft-repeated mantra for some 1700 years. Which proved Adolph Hitler right. Der Fuhrer stated that if a lie is repeated often enough it becomes a fact–a truth that cannot be denied. The church has proven him right. What had been for some 300 years a lie is now accepted as a truth, thanks to the Catholic Church. After having been handed down through many generations one knows its origin, and unbelievably, no one cares. No Scriptural proof is needed. “That’s what I was always taught” is all the proof needed to guarantee a doctrine’s veracity. This is the process by which most of church doctrines and customs came to be declared as “Thus saith the Lord,” though no one can find it in the Book that contains what the Lord said. Satan’s Law-nailed-to-the-cross ruse is a perfect example of a lie becoming a truth by acclimation. Because “they” have proclaimed the lie to be true, “everyone knows” that it is. The fact that God says it is a lie has no bearing on the situation. “They” overrule God every time.
Christ’s statement: “I did not come to destroy the Law” is so simple that not even the most adamant Law-rejecter can deny its meaning with a straight face. Therefore, those who are determined for Him to have done away with it are forced to look to the final four words for “proof” of its demise. The key word here is “fulfill.” The New Testament was written in the language spoken by the people of the Middle East at the time of the Lord–Greek Aramaic. In that language the word “fulfill” is PLEROO, which means to “fill up to the fullest,” to fill something completely. In this context it means to fill all believers with the Law until they are all full. That “fulfill” (pleroo) means to “do” and not to “do away with” is proved by the following examples found in the Word of God.
Jesus and John had to “fulfill” all righteousness (Mat. 3:15). David would “fulfill” all of God’s will (Acts 13:22). We must “fulfill” the Law of Christ (Gal. 6:2), “fulfill” Christ’s joy (Jn. 17:13) and “fulfill” the Royal Law (Jam. 2:8). The righteousness of the Law must be “fulfilled” in us (Rom. 8:4). We must “fulfill” God’s Word (Col. 1:25). This does not mean that Jesus did away with all righteousness, god’s will, the Law of Christ, the Royal Law, the righteousness of the Law, Christ’s joy and God’s Word. Also, God said in Ephesians 2:20 that the church is founded on the teachings of the apostles and the PROPHETS who taught the Law (Eph. 2:20). Who are we going to believe, God or “they?” L.J.