Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill” ( Matthew 5:17). If the word “fulfill” means “to do away with” then Jesus was confused when He made this statement. But as we all should understand, when our interpretation of truth is in conflict with what Jesus said, we’re the ones who are confused.
The word “fulfill” means “to bring something to its goal, to be perfected, make complete or come to a realization.” The Commandments never accomplished what God intended. Man turned His prescriptions for how to express love and value for one another into a complicated list of rules and regulations as a means to please God. So the very Commandments that should have been used to know how to treat others were twisted into a means of finding fault with and judging others.
Everything Jesus taught was based on the Commandments. Everything that Paul and all the apostles taught were based on the Commandments. The one thing different is Jesus taught His disciples that love has to be the goal for interpreting and applying the Commandments. The Commandments are never negative or burdensome unless we attempt to apply them apart from love.
All the Commandments and what they imply have been written in the deepest part of your heart. When God is speaking to you or leading you it will always be based on the Commandments applied from the motive of love; therefore, when you choose to walk in God’s love and yield to the Spirit, even though you may not have looked to see what the Scripture says, you will have always fulfilled the Commandments.
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