Let me start by keeping this blog in modern times. When dealing with the police, we learned that the consequence of breaking the law can result in a ticket, jail time, and even death. The actions of police officers have been seriously scrutinized recently. Regardless, we know the importance of following the law except when it comes to our Christian teachings.
What do I mean by when it comes to our Christian teachings? Well when it comes to our current Christian teachings, we are taught that laws have been replaced by grace. This has become a recipe for confusion. Problems arise because of how our leaders and teachers interpret the lessons of the bible. How can the laws be important when dealing with law enforcement, but not important when following God’s will?
Before we can understand it we must first find where the disconnection occurred. It begins in Matthew 5:17-20, it states
“17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
The language being used in this section can easily be confused, if the entire section isn’t read. We are taught to understand this as Jesus is the ending point of the laws. Thus, the word “fulfil” is the ultimate confusing point.
We accept and understand the word “fulfil” to mean to complete. Yet the Greek word is “pleroo” which means to make replete, to level up, to furnish (or imbue, diffuse, influence), satisfy, execute (an office), finish (a period or task), verify (or coincide with a prediction). In the definition we see more meanings than to complete. This should force us to reexamine the scripture. In verse 18, Jesus states that, “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” This verse alone shows that Jesus is not saying that the laws are no longer important and should be discarded. When he died, did heaven and earth pass (die)?
This brings me to Romans 2, more especially Romans 2:11 which states “For there is no respect of persons with God.” Why would God not have respect (favoritism) for people? And why does Roman 2 speak about the law if it’s not important any longer?
A person can easily point out the difference between the Jews and the Gentiles, as if the Jews are more important than the Gentiles. According to Romans 2:11 the Jews are no more important to God than the Gentiles, remember God has no favorites. So the argument separating the Jews and Gentiles is disqualified. What it does show is they have different cultural and religious practices.
Now let’s look at the law. The law that I’m utilizing in this blog is not the 10 Commandments, a portion of the 613 Jewish (Hebrew) laws. It is well known that the elite Hebrew study another set of laws. In like manner, early Christian sects like the Paulicians (Paul wrote Romans) studied these same laws and are considered dualists.
God has set up a system, which some recognize as universal laws that philosophers call cosmological laws. An example of one of these laws is the law of cause and effect. Regardless of whom you are black, white, or yellow, there will always be an effect to anything you do. This is what is meant by God has no favorites. Therefore, can there truly be a chosen people?
God’s laws are greater than any man can explain. We can only attempt to make people aware of the laws. What has happened is we have been forced to accept a group’s religious practice. The 10 commandments and 613 Hebraic laws are a value and moral system of habits practiced by a culture in this case Jews, Hebrews, and Christians. The teachings of the bible are much deeper than most can explain.