Bible Study Lessons …. Matthew 5:17-20
In these verses from the New Testament Book of Matthew, Jesus makes it very clear that he is not implying that His followers break the laws of the prophets (ten commandments and others).
So, what did Jesus say about the law? It’s really clear in these two verses.
As we have learned from Scripture, Christ did not come to break the laws – He came to fulfill them.
Christ Explains Himself and the Law
“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. – Matthew 5:17 NASB
Jesus and the Law
The ten commandments are a major part of the Old Testament but, as Jesus stated above, these laws still equally apply today.
Christ was not only teaching about the law in these verses. He was also revealing who He really was; God in the flesh.
Some of those in the crowd were experts at telling others what to do, but they missed the central point of God’s laws themselves.
Jesus made it clear however, that obeying God’s law is more important than explaining it (Matthew 5:19).
What about Us?
It’s much easier for us to study God’s laws and tell others to obey them than to put them into practice ourselves. How are we supposed to be the “salt and light” Jesus commissioned us to be if we are seen as lawbreakers of the 10 commandments?
How are you doing today at obeying God? Yes – Me Too!
Love in Christ
If you would like to learn more about the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16.
Read Today’s Verses Here:
New American Standard Bible
New King James Version