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Monday, January 25, 2016

The Self-Harmony of the Bible - 4 (Part Thirteen)

Did Jesus Come to Fulfill the Law or Release us Therefrom?
            Jesus said at Matthew 5:17,18 (NWT): “Do not think I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I came, not to destroy, but to fulfill. Truly I say to you that sooner would heaven and earth pass away than for one smallest letter or one stroke of a letter to pass away from the Law until all things take place.” Certainly this has caused thousands upon thousands of skeptics to rejoice, for clearly Jesus wants us to observe the Law forever.
            However, Christ also mentioned that he came to fulfill the prophets; but, what does this mean? Let us look at what Luke 4:18-21 (NWT) says, namely: ““Jehovah’s spirit is upon me, because he anointed me to declare good news to the poor. He sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and a recovery of sight to the blind, to send the crushed ones away free, to preach Jehovah’s acceptable year.” With that he rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were intently fixed on him. Then he began to say to them: “Today this scripture that you just heard is fulfilled.””
            Therefore, Jesus’ coming and being anointed as the Messiah fulfilled things recorded in the Prophets. So too, the existence of the Messiah fulfilled certain aspects of the Law – for example, the appearance of the Prophet. (Deuteronomy 18:15) As God’s Messiah, Jesus knew of the purpose of the Law, to lead people to him and thus to God. (Galatians 3:23) The thing most desired by the Law, proclaimed from Genesis and throughout the Writings and the Prophets, was the Messianic hope. When he came and died, he fulfilled the Law and thus released us from it when “all things” took place.

Should We Fear God?
            1 Peter 2:17 (NWT) tells us: “Honor men of all sorts, have love for the whole association of brothers, be in fear of God, honor the king.” Using the law of non-contradiction the skeptic argues that 1 John 4:18 (NWT), which say: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts fear out, because fear restrains us. Indeed, the one who is fearful has not been made perfect in love,” contradicts that. However, the skeptic does not fully understand the context of 1 John 4:18 – the judgement is being discussed. It is that kind of fear that is cast, but not our godly fear. The kind of fear we have in God is not like the fear that is cast out; Psalm 130:3 (NWT84) states: “If errors were what you watch, O Jah, O Jehovah, who could stand? For there is the true forgiveness with you, In order that you may be feared.”

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