Christ speak of the Torah and the prophets
"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill."
[ First, pay attention to the verse. Notice the usage of the grammar. "I AM" this alone is put in a way that refers Christ Jehovah. "I AM"; this is referenced to Exodus 3:14:( "And God said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you."). Then moving on; Jesus Christ-I am came not to "destroy the law, or the prophets: the law or the prophets (The Torah). This is saying the laws, the prophetcies, and the teachings are still in effect today. They are the covenants of Jehovah- The LORD thy God. Jesus was showing here that those in which believe in Him are to still recognize and obey the teachings, covenants, and traditions that He gave to the Israelites. ]
"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."
[ "till heaven and earth pass"; heaven and earth are still existing today]. When they do pass, there will be a falling away. This time is stated in 2Thessalonians 2:3: ("Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;"). After this He says, "...not one jot or one tittle..." "...pass from the law..." (The Torah): this again shows that the Torah still is needed today. "...till all be fulfilled...". Has all been fulfilled? Yes, all that was stated for the first coming of Christ (Spring festival) has been fulfilled; However, all that is stated for Christs' second coming (fall festival) has not been fulfilled. The new covenant has started, but it has not yet been fullfiled.
"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.
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."
Many say that the old testament and the law (The Torah) has been abolished. They say that because Jesus fulfilled the "law" that we no longer have to abide by the "Torah". There is a true misunderstanding of this, it has been taught by many: for many years. However, when reading the entire scripture of these versus one can honestly say that we should still obey the Torah.*(note some of the laws cannnot be kept due to the fact the temple is no longer standing).
At the start of v.19 it's is written: "whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so...". The commandments in which Jesus is referring to are those from the old testament. To break this down one would first have to understand that this is referring to the laws and the festivals that the Israelites where commanded to uphold. This is stated in Matthew 28:19-20: ("Go ye therefore, and teach all nations..."). This is saying to teach all over that which was given. To the Israelites; the laws and the festivals, along with the teachings and instructions that are given in the Torah. Later in v.20 of Matthew 28, it is written: ("Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you..."); Jesus is the Lord thy God, He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. With that as a known, it's is clear that He was referring to that which is in the Torah.
Those that live in this world, yet are comformed to it, believing in faith without works will be called "the least in heaven". On the other hand, as one continues to read the word ("do") is added. Doing something is considered works. By no means am I saying that salvation is through works, but on the contrary, because we have salvation, we thrive to do the works that are the will of the Father.
How does one know what His will is for each of us. We approach Him! Knowing how to approach Him is taught in the Torah. Not understanding how to get our purpose, and the resources to fulfill them is a huge problem and will cause many to fall away. We have to understand how to do so through the teachings of the Torah.
"Except our righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees". Righteous is faith, so righteousness is works brought forth by faith. The end of this verse states; "ye shall in no case enter the kingdom of heaven." Pay attention to the word "case". A case is as in the court of law. A file or portfolio of our actions (works). It is written: "faith without works is dead". It is also written; "Many will say, Lord, Lord have I not prophecied in Your name, and have I not cast out demons in Your name..." And He said, "be gone from me I never knew you... Only those that do the work of the Father will enter the kingdom of heaven."
Many will wax cold because they have not a relationship with the Father. Furthermore they have never approached Him, gotten their purpose, nor understood how to get the resources to do so. From experience, I can say this. Once the Father tells one their purpose, they never waxcold for, without a doubt they have new understanding. ("So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God") Romans 10:17.
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