North Anderson Baptist Church
How To Fulfill the Law
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  • North Anderson Baptist Church
    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
Jesus was just now starting His ministry, He needed the people to realize, even though He would speak against the Scribes and Pharisees a lot and they went after Him as if He was their enemy, that He was not coming to destroy or abolish the Law and The Prophets and the customs of the Jewish people which was their life. Biblical scholar Barnes, defines “to destroy” as to abrogate which means (to appeal, or to annul by an authoritative act, to abolish or do away with wholly.) He says speaking about the Law or the Prophets, that Jesus did not come to destroy, to abrogate, to deny their Divine authority or to set men free from the obligation to obey them. Barnes' Notes on the New Testament. When speaking of The Law and the Prophets we are talking about the Old Testament! Jesus did not come to destroy the Old Testament.

But Jesus really came to fulfill: accomplish or to complete what was in the Law and the Prophets. The purposes of God would be fulfilled in the life and teachings of Jesus the Christ. Jesus believed in the Word of God and therefore Deuteronomy 29:29 was important to Him,
Scholars, Arndt and Gingrich says that the Greek of the word fulfill (pleeroo) is seen in three ways:
1) Do or carry out
2) Bring to full expression (show forth the true spiritual meaning)
3) Fill up, as in to complete

Jesus in fulfilling the Law and The Prophets, carried them out by doing what they said. Jesus never broke a law but did everything the Law required of Him, and He did it perfectly. So He did not come to break the Law or destroy it.
When Jesus said that He was going to fulfill the Law and The Prophets He was saying that He would “bring to full expression” of both. He was going to reveal the spiritual meaning and intent of the Old Testament. One scholar said that “Jesus would fulfill the Law to the full”by teaching obedience in the spirit of the Law. “He was to magnify the laws and commandments of God and made them honorable.” To fulfill by amplifying its meaning is the exact opposite of abolishing the laws and commandments. As an example let’s look at verses 21-22.
Looking at the sixth commandment Jesus goes beyond the “letter of the Law,” Jesus takes the physical act of murder and says that this act is rooted in hatred and anger. This new thought that Jesus brings to light from the New Covenant speaks of our heart and if there is hatred in your heart it will be judged as murder. Look at 1 John 3 14-15,
Jesus revealed the true spiritual meaning of the commands of God.

The third thought about fulfilled is, “to fill up, as in complete.”
Or, we could say brought to completion. First, to fill up or complete. Take a glass of water and put a small amount in it and then when you take the glass and pour more water into it up to the brim, you are not emptying the water out of the glass but you are completing the filling of the glass. It is full now the way in which it was originally designed.

On the other hand, Jesus brought the entire animal sacrifice, temple rituals and the laws for the Aaronic priesthood to completion through His death. In Jesus the Old Covenant ended. It had imposed a system of ritual laws on the Children of Israel and in its place He established a New Covenant, replacing the old requirements of the law with a higher spiritual application. When reading the work of the author of Hebrews, chapters 8-10, we can see that the sacrificial laws were brought to completion through a superior sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

We can see the real sacrifice recorded in John 1:29,
The sacrificial system was not need now because of Jesus’ sacrifice for all the world’s sin. Jesus superseded these laws, replacing all the annual sacrifices and the other physical rituals and ceremonies that were performed at the Temple of God.
We see after 70 A. D., the destruction of the temple, that the priesthood of Aaron and the Levites no longer had a temple to do their work and therefore it came to an end. Jesus is now the High Priest and that is all that we need. He makes intercession for the saints before God.
As believers, the physical temple and a priest are not needed because we have access to the Father through the Son. The Temple in heaven is greater than the physical one and that is where Jesus intercedes for us.
Life Application Bible commentary says that there are three types of Laws in scripture:
Ceremonial Laws - These laws are specifically related to Israel’s worship. Their purpose is to point to Christ. Though we no longer follow and they are not necessary because of Christ resurrection, we are still bound by the principles behind them - To love and worship the Lord God. The Pharisees often broke these law which they taught.
The Civil Laws - These laws applied to daily living in Israel. The times and cultures are different so the principles again are what we need to be concerned about. They are a timeless guide for our conduct and we have a guide in Jesus as He showed how to live by these principles.
The Moral Laws - These laws are made up of many moral laws in scripture Old and new Testament and the Ten Commandments which were directly from God. God requires strict adherence to these commands. Moral laws reveal the nature and will of God and they still apply to us today. Jesus obeyed the moral law completely.
I want to conclude by saying from the other verses Jesus makes it clear that the Old Testament is inspired and fully reliable today and not one bit of it is false but completely infallible. In Jesus all was accomplished and fulfilled. We are to teach and live commandments as Jesus has guided us to and we need to be careful that we do it correctly or there will be consequences.
And last, we need to be more righteous than the Pharisees. They lived the letter of the Law without righteousness in their hearts. We who follow Christ are to be even more faithful to God and His Word but our hearts need to express the godliness and righteousness of Jesus Christ in living faithful to God’s Word.
The Gospel calls for us to believe that Jesus came and live that perfect life of obedience to God and His laws; that He was judged by those who hated Him and eventually was tortured and hung on a cross for crimes He did not commit (but it was our crimes for which He died on that cross); and that He arose from the dead having lay in that tomb three days, to live forevermore. He now calls us to believe in the Gospel truth about Him. If we are willing to repent of our sins (turn away from them) and place our faith in Him and be willing to follow Him, then we can be saved, we can know eternal life in heaven with God forever.


Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby