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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
5:17 Think not - Do not imagine, fear, hope, that I am come - Like your teachers, to destroy the law or the prophets. I am not come to destroy - The moral law, but to fulfil - To establish, illustrate, and explain its highest meaning, both by my life and doctrine.
Mt 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. The preceding verses were so opposed to the teachings of the scribes and Pharisees that some might assert that he was a destroyer of the law. He replies that he has not come to destroy it, but to fulfill. He does not say that he has come to perpetuate it. To fulfill. To complete its purpose. He was the end of the law. It was a "schoolmaster to bring us to Christ", but "after faith is come we are no longer under the schoolmaster" (Ga 3:24,25).
Azarayah's comment on 2013-12-22 14:10:15:
"The Law" and "The Prophets" taken together are the Tanakh -- the Jewish scripture. Christ tells us that His coming in no way means the end of the validity of that scripture. Rather, He has come to prove that it can be fulfilled, or obeyed, which the Jews (including Paul, called an Apostle) said was impossible! In another place He tells us the Two Great Commandments, upon which all of The Law and The Prophets must be hung (because doing so automatically fulfills Tanakh). These things are so despite Paul's (I am all things to all people) (I am a Roman, a Greek, and a Pharisee of the Jews) words in Galatians.
MR's comment on 2012-08-18 13:48:21:
Fulfill means "to do", not "to make an end of." The ten commandments are still in full force. Jesus fulfilled the law by obeying it. He came not to destroy the law or put an end to them.
Brian Carloss's comment on 2010-01-11 13:14:01:
Is Christ referring to the laws of stoning and punishment of homosexuals?
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