Should We Still Follow The OT Law?

Matthew 5:17-20:

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

I’m really curious about this. My recollection, having grown up in Christianity, is that when Jesus came, we no longer bound by the OT law. I’m guessing there are other areas in the NT that comment on this, I just don’t remember what/where they are. But, either way, these verses seem pretty clear that the law will not go away and that we are to still follow it.

Can anyone help me out on this one?


One thought on “Should We Still Follow The OT Law?

  1. “To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law.” 1 Cor. 9:21 NIV 1984. “For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.” Rom. 6:14. “We who are Jews by birth and not ‘Gentile sinners’ 16 know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.” Gal. 2:15 NIV 1984. “I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” Gal. 2:21 NIV 1984. “All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” Gal. 3:10 NIV 1984. “You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.” Gal. 5:4 NIV 1984. “Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.” Gal. 3:21 NIV 1984. You are definitely not under the law.

    “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!” Rom. 6:15 NIV 1984. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” Matt 5:17 NIV 1984. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 NIV 1984. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 NIV 1984. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8 NIV 1984. “Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” Rom 13:10 NIV 1984. Jesus is God, and God is love; so Jesus is love. Love is fulfillment of the law. Jesus fulfilled OT law, so you don’t have to keep trying to complete what has already been completed.

    We are now under Christ law (NT law) which is: “And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.” 1 John 3:23 NIV 1984.

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