Destroying vs. Fulfilling The Law

Destroying vs. Fulfilling The Law

Romans 8:3-4

The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature.[c] So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

Matthew 5:17

Think not that I have come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill.

So what is the difference between fulfilling and destroying? When God sent Jesus to fulfill the law, that meant that none of us have to live under the law of Moses anymore.

Fulfill in Greek is plēroō

There are multiple descriptions of this greek word, but the one I want to focus on today is this: to complete.

Complete in Websters is defined as finished; ended; concluded:

So is that maybe part of why Jesus, suffering on the cross said, “it is finished?”

Jesus did not abolish the law and destroy it, but He did COMPLETE it, meaning it no longer is something we live by. For those that  still don’t quite understand what that means, let me break it down. {Theologians might want to pick me apart for putting the scripture so simply, but guess what? Im not writing this for them- lol} 🙂

So what is “THE LAW”?

There are many laws in the Old Testament that Jewish custom followed… The main one that allowed Jews and non Jews alike direct access to God, was this:

In the Old Testament, people use to have to go to a priest annually to have their sins forgiven. They would bring a sacrifice: the very best of what they had, i.e. if they were a Shepard, they’d bring their best lamb. Every year, the priest would take the sacrifice and look it over, to ensure it was without flaw or blemish. If it was deemed acceptable, he go back into “the holy of holies” behind a veil, where only priests were allowed and sacrifice the animal.  The blood that was shed, forgave that family for their sins for the year. When God sent his son into human form as a human sacrifice, it completed, finished, fulfilled once and for all, that law.

Jesus had to be blameless without spot or blemish, just like the other offerings, in order to fulfill this law. That is why Jesus was supernaturally empowered by God to be the only man without sin. When Jesus died on the cross, the curtain that the high priest would step behind to offer the sacrifice, ripped!  God was giving all of us access to Him anytime we wanted, through the sacrifice of Jesus. We don’t have to go to a high priest to talk to God or ask for forgiveness. Jesus is NOW our high priest, who we go to in order to obtain direct access to God.

There. Now, there are many, many, other prophetic renderings that Jesus fulfilled in the Bible. Every single thing that was in the Old Testament and spoken by the prophets, Jesus did while on earth. Thats a pretty heavy calling to choose daily to follow God to fulfill each detailed item.

So there it is. Fulfillment vs. Do Away With.

Destroying, “doing away with” is defined as: to render ineffective or useless; nullify; neutralize; invalidate.

Jesus did not come to earth to be the final sacrifice, once and for all, the lamb of God, without stain or blemish, our high priest in order to neutralize and render ineffective what he did. Therefore, He fulfilled those laws, brought them to completion. It is finished.