MATTHEW 5:17,18 – FULFILLMENT and SATISFACTION
v17 “Do not presume that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill.
v18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter shall pass from the Law, until all is accomplished!
WHAT DOES IT SAY?
Although Jesus’ coming has fulfilled and satisfied all the requirement of the Torah, the Law, and it would appear that the ‘old covenant has passed away’,
Jesus is clearly saying the Law of the Torah for the has not been abolished but the requirements of the Law are now met or satisfied through Him.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Jesus is once again describing the connection between heaven (The Spiritual) and earth (the natural) and saying it is not finished until the natural laws have completely demonstrated or manifested the Spiritual. Once again, teaching about the “Law of Higher to lesser”.
This is critically important. Jesus is telling His present and future disciples about “secret of knowing” if you are truly His disciple. This will, of course, determine whether you will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?
Jesus says two things, in Matthew 5:19 and 5:20
(1) v19 “Therefore, whoever nullifies one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Being “least in the kingdom of heaven” versus being “great in the kingdom of heaven” is, again, the law of “Great to lesser”. He is saying you cannot manifest the Greater Works of the Kingdom from the “lesser position”, i.e., in the natural man. But, when standing on the Spiritual basis, you will do the works Jesus does and GREATER works!
(2) v20 “For I say to you that unless your righteousness far surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
The scribes and Pharisees were working through the natural mind (the lesser).
“Surpassing righteousness” means to super abound (in quantity or quality), to be in excess, be superfluous; also (transitively) to cause to super abound. This can only be accomplished through the Spiritual.
NOTE: Unless your righteousness far surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
The fact that not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter shall pass from the Law, until all is accomplished, and this tells us that “It Is Written” and it will come to pass.
Our choice is either to join God in what He has already accomplished or to be left behind. Choose wisely.
Your Brother and Friend,
An excellent explanation and video of “The Law”: https://bibleproject.com/learn/the-law/
So, what are you doing in the Kingdom from God’s point of view (not from man’s inventions or visions)? If you are ready, contact me, please, and let’s do this!
(Previous Post from Matthew chapter 5 – https://whitestone2020.com/2021/01/08/the-light-shines/)