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The Living Gospels, which is a paraphrase version, reads like this:

“Don’t misunderstand why I have come—it isn’t to cancel the Old Testament laws and the warnings of the prophets. No, I came to fulfill them, and to make them all come true. With all earnestness I have to say, every law in the Book will continue until its purpose is achieved.”


The notes in the Ryrie Study Bible say that “the Lord’s point is that every letter of every word of the Old Testament is vital and will be fulfilled.”


J. Vernon McGhee writes, “Remember that part of the Mosaic Law was the ceremonial law. Christ was the sacrifice for the sins of the world… [He] came not to destroy the Law but to fulfill the Law. He fulfilled it in that He kept it during His earthly life. And the standard which was set before man He was able to attain, and now He is able to make over to [every believer] His own righteousness.”


Jesus was not talking about Christians following the commands of the Old Testament Law…He was saying that perfection is still required to get to heaven. Jesus was the only one capable of attaining it. He fulfilled the requirements of the law.


“The key to understanding this issue is knowing that the Old Testament law was given to the nation of Israel, not to Christians…None of the Old Testament law applies to us today. When Jesus died on the cross, He put an end to the Old Testament law. In place of the Old Testament law, we are under the law of Christ which is to, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind [and to] love your neighbor as yourself…Obviously, if we are loving God we won’t be worshipping other gods or worshipping idols. If we [love] our neighbors, we won’t be murdering them, lying to them, committing adultery against them, or coveting what belongs to them…If we do those two things faithfully, everything else will fall into place.”


Author Unknown. “Do Christians have to obey the Old Testament law?” GotQuestions.org. Publication Date Unknown. August 2, 2006.