|Matthew 5:17-20 |
17 Do not think that I have come to destroy the law or the prophets. I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, in no way shall one letter or one stroke pass from the law, until it is all fulfilled.2 [A crucified disciple produces the fruit of the spirit, which fulfills the law as he walks in love. Heaven and earth pass away as the disciple is completely controlled by the Spirit of Christ and is translated into the kingdom of heaven within himself. From the Word of the Lord within: "There are no laws when you are under complete control of the spirit; you walk in love in obedience as prompted — you don't walk in restricted flesh." The Law was applied to fallen man, who lost the life and guidance of God by Adam's fall in the Garden of Eden; no law applies to a man who has been restored to the spiritual image of God.]
19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so, will be called the least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them, the same will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. [Click to see Scriptures show that the law is to be fulfilled and established by true Christians.]
20 For I say that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. [In the next verses, Jesus redefines the laws to a higher standard, which exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees.]
2 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, in no way shall one letter or one stroke, (jot, and tittle), pass from the law, until it is all fulfilled. A crucified disciple produces the fruit of the spirit, which fulfills the law as he walks in love. Heaven and earth pass away as the disciple is completely controlled by the Spirit of Christ and is translated into the kingdom of heaven within himself. From the Word of the Lord within: "There are no laws when you are under complete control of the spirit; you walk in love in obedience as prompted — you don't walk in restricted flesh." The Law was applied to fallen man, who lost the life and guidance of God by Adam's fall in the Garden of Eden; no law applies to a man who has been restored to the spiritual image of God. When you have been crucified, you walk in obedient love to God as He continuously supplies all your thoughts, words to speak, and actions to be performed. Walking in obedient love to the continuous commands of God fulfills the law and establishes the law, even exceeding the law in righteousness.
Jesus tells us in this verse that He came to fulfill the law, and then in the immediately following verses He gives us examples of how He is strengthening the law so that it is fulfilled, even exceeded:
Clearly Jesus has defined a much stronger law; clearly He insists that we exceed the righteousness of observing the Mosaic law to become perfect, which is amplified by other scriptures in the New Testament:
When you have been crucified and become like God in holiness, righteousness, mercy, purity, and perfection, then you are walking in love and fulfilling the law.
Elsewhere Jesus tells us why it is necessary: because all men are defiled by what is in their hearts, and since nothing defiled can enter heaven, all defiled men are banned from heaven. From the Word of the Lord within: "Until you witness receiving faith from Christ, you are under the law. Until you witness the law fulfilled in you, you are under the law. Woe be to to you if you don't listen and fulfill the law." So our hearts must be cleansed of even the desire or inclination to sin.
When you are perfected to be without sin, heaven and earth pass away as the disciple is completely controlled by the Spirit of Christ and is translated into the kingdom of heaven within himself. The end of the world is a personal experience — as it was for the disciples — for they saw the end of the world. And the world passes away and disappears, along with its desires and lusts; but he who does the will of God remains forever. 1 John 2:17. So the world with its lusts and passions disappear together, crucified by the aid of the Spirit. After we are purified, Christ returns to establish his Kingdom within us, and the world as we know it disappears. We enter a different dimension — paradise or the Kingdom of Heaven. Now all these things happened to them as examples; and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world have come. 1 Cor 10:11. The world ends as you step into a different parallel dimension, the Kingdom of God that is within and around us — it is a different dimension to be lived in, a spiritual dimension to be entered through personal tribulations while still physically on the earth; and then to dwell there forever. But, unless you enter the Kingdom of Heaven in this life, you will never have any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ or God. The Books of Acts and Ephesians helps us understand the Kingdom of God within and among us: God .. is not far from each one of us, for in him we live and move and have our being, Acts 17:27-28, and One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all, Eph 4:6; but we are not aware of this because we are in a lower physical dimension. The physical dimension shares the same space as the higher spiritual dimensions; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Eph 4:6. To enter the Kingdom of God within and around us, is to be dramatically translated to the spiritual dimension of consciousness and sight, in union with Christ and God, but walking on earth by the light of God. The world passes away from our sight when the Kingdom is entered. From the Word of the Lord within: "The world ends as you step into another dimension. You can live in heaven and still walk the earth."
He writes the stronger law in our heart as we wait on Him, listening to hear His spoken commands, which are engrafted into our heart and which transmit His life into us until we are crucified on the inward cross of self-denial to become free of even the desire to sin with a new heart and new mind. Then we become one with Christ and the Father, and we enter the kingdom of heaven while still alive on the earth to enjoy peace, joy, and righteousness forever.
George Fox wrote of the end of the law:
Christ came not to break the law; the apostle said the law was good in its place, and he established it; yet the apostle says that the Sabbath was a shadow, but the body was Christ, and he brings them to the law in the heart, in the mind, and there he established it. Christ did not come to break one jot or tittle of it, but (mark) to fulfill it; and he said, "not one jot or tittle of the law should be broken until fulfilled."...the offerings being changed; the law also changed, and the offering, Christ Jesus, having come, the law came to be within, and the circumcision within; and Christ, the rest, is the Lord of the Sabbath, and the rest for the people of God. He who holds up Sabbaths and offerings, holds up circumcision and works, and so keeps people from the body and the head, in the signs and shadows, and so in the works of the law, which the law commands...Christ is the end of the law to everyone that believes, in every jot, and tittle, and print of it; and the signs and shadows that were held up by the law, Christ is the end of; yet the life of the law, the power, remains, though the outward changing shadows and things, end, the body is what ends them all.
The life and power of the law remains because the surviving law became the inner law that is on every man's heart:
For when the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do [obey] by instinct the things contained in the law, these men who do not have the law, are a law to themselves.
Who show the work of the law written in their hearts, and their conscience also bears witness; while their thoughts accuse or else excuse them. Rom 2:14-15
(There is a record kept of every thought a man ever had, and those thoughts will be revealed and remembered in judgment to show a man how he deliberately violated the laws on his heart.)
The inner law on every man's heart makes us feel bad when we lie or steal. This law includes the external moral laws:* do not steal, do not lie, do not covet, do not murder, do not commit adultery, (and all sexual immorality), honor your parents, do unto others as you would have them do to you, etc. The inner law's moral laws exceed the external, Mosaic moral laws for as Jesus said, he came to fulfill the law; and then He told us how it was to be strengthened, which the inner law reflects. This strengthened inner law can be understood to have been violated anytime you exhibit a fruit of the flesh, which includes: sexual immorality, uncleanness, covetousness, filthiness, foolish talking, jesting, profanity, adultery, lack of restraint, sorcery, hatred, arguments, jealousies, rage, selfish ambition, divisiveness, envies, murders, drunkenness, revelries (partying), evil thoughts, fornications, wickedness, deceit, blasphemy, pride, anger, boasting, flattery, immodesty, immorality, and foolishness. Any of these disqualify all men from heaven. A man innocent of all these fruits of the flesh is in full compliance with the rigid requirements of salvation stated in the scriptures: be perfect as the Father is perfect, Mat 5:48; be righteous as He is righteous, 1 John 3:7-10; be merciful as He is merciful, Luke 6:36; become pure as He is pure, 1 John 3:3; as he who has called you is holy, so you be holy in all manner of conduct, 1 Pet 1:15; walk as he walked, 1 John 2:6; and as he is, so are we in this present world, 1 John 4:17.
*If you are a Jew that practiced the Mosaic Law and have turned to Christianity, you are permitted, (not required), to continue that practice until you have received faith from the Spirit that a portion of the law should not govern you, (as did Peter); for if you think it is a sin to violate any aspect of the law, you are condemned if you violate it. When your sinful nature has been crucified, you too will be walking in continuous obedience to the instructions of God, which establishes, fulfills, and greatly exceeds the law in true righteousness.
Every man will be judged by God according to this inner law; no man is excused from this law for any reason, and it has never been annulled or cancelled. The law has dominion over a man as long as he lives, Rom 7:1; the law is our schoolmaster sounding out our sins and shortcomings that motivate us to go to Him to receive His teachings, commands, (more laws), and purifying changes by grace. We live under the restrictions of the law until we have crucified our sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial; until then we walk according to restrictions of the moral laws plus whatever commands we hear from the Lord as we wait on Him, listening and watching for His spoken words and revelations to us.
For you to be free from this inner law, by which all men shall be judged, you must submit to God condemning the sins in your flesh, with commands tailored to your life's circumstances and that you hear when waiting on Him ; those commands are established as additional laws in your heart, in which are all the laws you must obey and continue to obey until you are completely crucified, to then walk in love and liberty under no laws.
From the Word of the Lord within:
After your selfish spirit has been crucified on the inward cross of self-denial to then receive the fruit of the Spirit, then all your thoughts, words, and deeds are prompted and commanded by God; then you are no longer subject to the law.
From the Word of the Lord within: "There are no laws when you are under complete control of the spirit; you walk in love in obedience as prompted — you don't walk in restricted flesh."