Matthew 5:17-18 Explained; ‘…not to abolish but to fulfill…’ and ‘…not a dot will pass from the Law until all is accomplished…’

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Introduction

Here we will see that in no place does the well read passage of Matthew 5:17-18 abolish or cancel Torah Law (the law of Moses).

Instead, we will learn that the things that these verses actually speak of are as follows;

A) Christ was not sent to cancel the Law of Moses, but rather observe (fulfil) G-d’s commandments in his own walk.

B) when it says ‘…not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.’ (ESV), this means no laws are cancelled as per the previous verse – however the ‘new covenant’ was put in place at his death and resurrection – and this means believers are under the new covenant, not the old.

You are most welcome to read on for more detailed information with references.

Begin

Subject Passage:

“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. 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.
Matthew 5:17‭-‬18 ESV

Part Verse 17:


‘…the Law…I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them….’ (ESV)

The verse here is telling us that Messiah (Christ) would not remove a single commandment from the Law of Moses.

It tells us instead that;

• Messiah (Christ) came to observe and satisfy all the commandments with regard to his own walk (Psalm 45:7), and fulfil prophetic verses, without sinning once (Isaiah 53:9, Hebrews 4:15).

He would then be raised from the dead and be declared High Priest in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 110:4, 45:7), mediating the new covenant (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8, 53:12, Romans 8:34, Jeremiah 31:31) which means everlasting life to all who believe (Isaiah 28:16, 28:18, Eph 2:20, John 3:16).

Part Verse 18:

‘…not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished….’ (ESV)

This verse re-emphisises the fact that the law of Moses is forever (Psalm 119:160).

At the death and resurrection of Messiah (Christ) however, the new covenant was instituted for a who believe (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8).

• Levitical sons of Aaron remain priests (Isaiah 66:21-22), as these mediate the mosaic covenant.

The mosaic covenant of deeds based righteousness however does come to an end for those who believere in Messiah (Christ) (only) (ref. Hebrews 8:13, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Isaiah 53:11-12).

This is because Christ (Mesaiah) was given as a high priest and mediates the new covenant (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8, 53:12, Romans 8:34, Jeremiah 31:31, Psalms 110:4) – which means righteousness from G-d by faith (Philippians 3:9) that results in everlasting life without end at resurrection, instead of a potentially long life at resurrection that ends in eventual perishing (Isaiah 65:20, IBN Ezra on Isaiah 65:20).

• Again, Christ Mediates the new covenant which means everlasting life without end at resurrection for those who believe (Isaiah 28:16, 28:18, Eph 2:20, John 3:16).

He is the confirmed high priest in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 45:7, 110:4, Hebrews 4:15) – a recognised priesthood (Genesis 14:8) that is legally regarded.

Hoping it is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum,  believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus (Yehoshua) Christ (the Messiah). Amen.

Copyright disclaimers:

“Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. May not copy or download more than 500 consecutive verses of the ESV Bible or more than one half of any book of the ESV Bible.”

“Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

“Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible® (NASB), Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995, 2020 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission. http://www.Lockman.org

“Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. http://www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™ “

The Orthodox Jewish Bible Copyright Artists for Israel Intl Used by permission © The Orthodox Jewish Bible fourth edition, OJB. Copyright 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2011 by Artists for Israel International, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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