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Did Jesus Fulfill all things?
When studying or discussing any subject related to the law, we first need to come to an understanding
concerning whether Jesus Fulfilled the law and if so what does that mean?
Did Jesus Fulfill all things and Did Jesus Fulfill the law?
Matt. 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
:18 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.
Understanding Matthew 5:17-18
1. "Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets..."
He did not come to remove the Old Testament. We SHOULD still read and learn from the Old Testament.
He did not come to remove all law. He did not come to make us a lawless people.
2. "...I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil."
HE CAME TO FULFILL. Did He complete His Mission? i would say so! Surely His Mission was not unsuccessful!
He came to fulfill, surely He was NOT unsuccessful in His Mission! He did Fulfill all things!
3. "For verily (truly) I say unto you, Till Heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wide pass (perish/go away) from the law, till all be fulfilled".
In other words, The End cannot come unless all things be fulfilled first. And He did come to Fulfill.
We know He did Fulfill all things because He came to Fulfill AND because of the following verses:
Matt 3:15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer (allow) it to be so now: for thus it becometh us (Jesus and John the Baptist) to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
Eph. 4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things. (Fill Heaven and Earth)
Gal. 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (LOVE is the spiritual principal that makes law perfect or completed or to fullness. The letter of the law or legalism does not do this.)
John 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
So we see in the above verses, as well as the fact that He came to fulfill, that Jesus did fulfill all things.
(some would claim that Jesus came to fulfill only the prophecies concerning himself but not to fulfill the law. But how can the New Covenant come into effect until the law is fulfilled. And some would argue that the old Covenant is still in effect and that the New Covenant has not yet come into full effect. To use any of these arguments is a reflection of a persons lack of understanding of the purpose/Need for a Perfect Messiah.) But the Commandments are NOT done away, NOT destroyed as Matt. 5:19 goes on to say:
Mat 5:19 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.
Mat 5:20 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. (but the Pharisees focused on the letter of the law, how can our righteousness exceed the righteousness of the pharisees if we too are focusing on the letter of the law? Righteousness does not come via the law (Galatians 2:21), Only thru the Spirit of the law, that is thru Faith and thru Jesus.)
To Fulfill is NOT the same as to destroy. But rather "fulfill" means to complete by adding what is missing to bring it to perfection. The law under the old covenant was weak in that it was very physical and did not emphasis the spiritual and had to be done repeatedly day after day with no eternal salvation. It was temporary and with temporary reward.
All "Law" has not been done away/destroyed but rather fulfilled, added to, completed, made better under a New and Better Covenant. Just because the Old Covenant was done away with does not mean that there is no law when there is no old covenant. The Laws of GOD existed even BEFORE the Old Covenant.
Ex. 16:4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.
Ex. 16:28 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?
Ex. 18:16 When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make [them] know the statutes of God, and his laws. (All 3 of these verses were BEFORE the Mount Sinai Covenant!)
The Old Covenant WAS done away with and replaced with the New Covenant. A covenant is not a law. A Covenant is an legal agreement, a contract, between two parties, GOD and man, which INCLUDES laws and regulates how those laws are to be carried out and list it's rewards/blessings of keeping the Covenant and consequences of breaking the covenant. GOD does not want us to be a lawless nation/people. Without law there is confusion and chaos. Law is Good. Law is Holy. But we need to follow law in the Spirit in which it is meant to be. Under the old Covenant the law was written in stone and had to followed by the letter, which we repeatedly broke and had to sacrifice another animal again. Under the New Covenant, Law has not been done away but rather still exist but is now written in our hearts and we are to follow the spirit of the Law first and foremost. Under the New Covenant, we receive forgiveness of sins thru the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, the Eternal Passover Lamb of GOD. The Old Covenant and it's laws were the milk to teach us how to live Holy and Righteously. The law was our school master. But we did not attain eternal life nor righteousness under the law. We still sinned often. The law condemns us. We learned lessons but were still unable to attain Righteousness just thru the law.
Gal 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
:4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
:5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
:12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
:15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
:17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
:18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
:20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
:21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Let's take a look at some of the most basic milk (schoolmaster) laws and look at the spiritual principal/purpose of each one as well as how Jesus fulfilled it and how we are to observe the law written in our hearts under the New Covenant, keeping in mind that we are to worship Him in Spirit AND in Truth. (John 4:23-24)
Spiritual Principal/Purpose: To consecrate the Israelite male to GOD.
Jesus Fulfillment: After Jesus was baptized, crucified, resurrected and ascended back into Heaven, He sent us the Promise of the Holy Ghost. Thru the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, we are no longer Gentile nor female. And we are consecrated to GOD thru the Blood of Jesus and thru the Holy Spirit. We are now circumcised in the Heart under the New Covenant, not in the flesh nor in the letter of the law. The original purpose of circumcision is now fulfilled in the Spirit of the Law that we are now a Holy People unto GOD.
Circumcision is done away because it has been so totally fulfilled. But also it's been replaced because circumcisiom was a physical ritual ceremonial law. Now, we live under the spiritual law.
Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Please also read the chapter of Galatians 5.
Spiritual Principal/Purpose: There must be a payment/consequence for sin (Romans 6:23) and a way to receive forgiveness of sins. Someone/something must die. There must be a penalty paid.
Jesus Fulfillment: Christ became our Passover Lamb for us. He paid the price for our sins. His Blood atoned for our sins. We are forgiven. He died for us But we must accept and embrace that Sacrifice and live by the rest of the Covenant.
If you kill a lamb or goat for Passover, you are saying that the Blood of Jesus was not sufficient for you!
1 Cor. 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
Romans 6:10 Romans 8:3; 2 Cor.5:21; Hebrews 9:13-28; Heb. 10:4; 1 Peter 3:18
Spiritual Principal/Purpose: To punish the sinner.
Jesus Fulfillment: Jesus is now the Judge and He is the ONE who will both Judge and Punish, Not the street mob. John 8:1-11 Some law is DONE AWAY because it has been so totally fulfilled. IT is very clear that circumism and stoning is done away!
Spiritual Principal/Purpose: Numbers 15:38 blue and white Tassels were worn TO REMIND the ancient Hebrews to keep the 10 Commandments.
Jesus Fulfillment: We no longer need tassels! Jesus reminded us and reminds us to keep the 10 Commandments. He IS the Word of GOD. His Holy Spirit abiding/dwelling in us reminds us to keep the ENTIRE Word of GOD. The Holy Ghost reminds us, brings all things into rememberance, reminds us to keep the commandments. John 14:26, Luke 22:19, 1 Cor.11:24-25, Exo. 20:8.
Spiritual Principal/Purpose: A set of laws that instruct us how to treat God and how to treat one another in Love, that we may be a Holy People, not lawless, not violent, Holy unto the LORD, in Peace, Joy and Love. Jesus Fulfillment: Jesus is the Word of GOD. John 1:1-16
Jesus is the Way, The Truth and The Life. The Holy Spirit produces the fruits of the Spirit including Love.
NONE of the 10 Commandments were destroyed, done away with or abolished. The 10 Commandments are and have always been spiritual laws, not ceremonial.
Jesus made it clear that we are to keep the 10 Commandments in the Spirit of the Law.
That does NOT mean LESS, but rather MORE, to fullness of it's purpose.
Matt. 5:19 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.
Matt. 5:21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill (6th commandment); and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Matt. 5:27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery (7th commandmengt):
:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Matt. 5:33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:
:34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne (3rd Commandment):
Matt. 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
:38 This is the first and great commandment.
:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Mark 10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
:19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
:20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.
:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
:22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
A person can keep the letter of the law of the commandments and not be keeping the spirit of the law of the commandments which is to Love GOD first and to also love one another as thy self.
The Weekly Sabbath:
Spiritual Principal/Purpose: To remember GOD as Creator, that He created all things AND to give man a physical rest on a weekly basis on the same day GOD rested. And to give man an appointed day of Worship.
Jesus Fulfillment: Jesus is the Creator (See Jesus is LORD article). He rested the Seventh Day. He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day.
He gives us rest from the letter of the law and from our sins. He is our Peace. He is our Comfort. We enter into rest thru Him but we are also still appointed the same day of rest to remember, to commemorate what GOD started at creation and to take the physical rest that our bodies do need and to have a set time to worship. We worship every day but we are still appointed a set time for worship as well. This is The Third Commandment. None of the Commandments were destroyed or abolished. To fulfill does not mean to do less but rather more. "Thou shalt not kill" is now ALSO "thou shalt not hate". "Thou shalt not commit adultery" is now ALSO "thou shalt not look upon a woman to lust after her".
"Remember the Sabbath Day to Keep it Holy, Six days shalt thou labour and do all thy work But the Seventh Day is The Sabbath of the LORD thy GOD..." is NOT "do not keep the 7th Day as a Sabbath", but Rather that we should continue to keep and remember this day but start doing so in even more of a spiritual sense. That is, we should make sure we go to church and actually WORSHIP on this day (Lev. 23:3, Hebrews 10:24-26), but it doesn't have to be in a physical temple, it can be in a living congregation or in a basement or in a barn. But we are NOT to neglect having church with other people (Hebrews 10). AND WE SHOULD TAKE THE TIME TO REST ON THIS DAY. The spiritual ascepts of the Sabbath is Worship and Rest. But we should not be legalistic about it to the point of going hungry, leaving our car in the ditch, leaving our friends at the airport with no one to pick them up, etc. It is acceptable to buy a can of soda from the vending machine on the Sabbath because the reason that we don't buy or sell on the Sabbath is because we don't want to force labor on someone else on the Day of Rest. But with a vending machine, we are not forcing any human labor to occur on the Sabbath, so the Spirit of the Law is not broken. A police officer, firefighter or a doctor that is called in on an Emergency on the Sabbath is not breaking the Spirit of the Law because the Main Principal of the Commandments is to LOVE another and to take care of one another, not to hurt one another. To refuse to go to help someone on the Sabbath is to BREAK the Commandments!
Matt. 12:1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.
:2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
:3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;
:4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?
:5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
:6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
:7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
:9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:
:10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.
:11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?
:12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.
:13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.
But we are not only to keep the Spirit of the Law but we are also to worship Him in Truth.
John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.
The Facts show that the Sabbath was alway the 7th Day, Saturday, NOT Sunday. The Bible gives absolutely no instruction to change the Sabbath from the 7th Day to the 1st day of the week. Just because the disciples met on the first day of the week in Acts 20:7 and collected offerings on the 1st day of the week in 1 Cor.16:2 does NOT mean that the Sabbath was switched to a different day. They also met on the Sabbath in Acts 13:14, 42, 44; Acts 17:2, Acts 18:4.
They also met daily in Acts 2:46,47 Acts 3:2, Acts 5:42.
To observe the Sabbath (by actually going to church and worshipping, resting and not buying/selling) on Sunday is in keeping with the Spirit of the Law and you are doing it to the LORD. (Romans 14:6-13). BUT this is NOT in Truth. It is under a deception that the day was changed by GOD. It was NOT changed by GOD, it was changed by men (the catholic church, as a compromise with paganism) who did not have the authority to do so. That is recorded history. Look it up. There is nothing wrong with going to church on Sunday or worshipping on Sunday just as it would not be wrong to do so on Wednesday or Thursday or any other day of the week. But it is wrong to stay under a deception and continue to accept and teach the traditions of men over the Commandments of GOD. (Matthew 15:9). We must Worship Him in Spirit AND in TRUTH. (John 4:23-24). So although i cannot judge you for going to church on Sunday, as you are doing so unto GOD, but at the same time, i can pray and help encourage you to grow into the full knowledge of the Will of GOD.
Hebrews shows that there still remains a observance of the Sabbath on the 7th Day:
Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest (G2663, reposing down, rest.) any of you should seem to come short of it.
:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
:3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. (you don't have to work, you too can rest on the 7th day as GOD himself also did. But don't think that your works, that is your keeping of the Sabbath, is going to EARN you Salvation, you must also enter in Spiritually and depend of the Blood of Jesus which also was pre-ordained before the foundation of the Earth.)
:4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest (G2664 to settle down, that is, literally to colonize, or figuratively to desist: - cease, give rest) the seventh day from all his works.
:5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
:6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: (they refused to rest on the seventh day AND they refused to rest in the assurance that they could trust in GOD and rely on Him)
:7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. (some people try to say that this should be translated Joshua. But that is NOT true! They DID enter into rest under Joshua! Read Joshua 1:13, 21:44, 22:4. Jesus did NOT speak to them of another day of the week for them to rest. He clarified the upgrade in the law concerning adultery, hate, swearing and that it's not what enters the mouth that deflies the man (the cleansing of the unclean meats) but He did NOT speak of changing the day of the week. He did not come to change the day of worship and rest. But He did come to give us Rest from our own legalism. But it's not legalism to go to church on the Sabbath, it's remembrance and worship.)
:9 There remaineth therefore a rest (G4520 sabbatismos A KEEPING/OBSERVANCE OF THE SABBATH. From a derivative of G4521; the Sabbath (that is, Shabbath), or day of weekly repose from secular avocations (also the observance or institution itself);) to the people of God. (remaineth is the opposite of change)
:10 For he that is entered into his rest (G2663), he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. (how did GOD cease from his?)
:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
Let us not fall short of either side of this edification. This is both spiritual (forehead) and in action (hand). Exo. 13:9, Deut. 6:8, 11:18. Let's not be just a hearer of the word but also a doer of the word. James 2:17-26. The Sabbath and the Holy Days present a picture of GODs Plans. The Sabbath also pictures the 7000 years of mankind with the Millinium being the 7th Day or the 7th Thousandeth year. Observing the Sabbath on the 7th Day of the week helps us to understand Prophecy and GODs over all creation plan and our future destiny.
The Holy Days
Spiritual Principal/Purpose: To Remember/Commemorate historical events as well as to picture/foreshadow future events. To teach us GODs Plans. Jesus Fulfillment: Jesus is the Passover Lamb, the removal of our leaven, the first begotten, the first fruits, The Soon coming King, the atonement for our sins and our eternal tree of Life. These days are NOT done away with, just fulfilled, made more perfect when kept in the Spirit of the Law. The disciples and apostles continued to keep the Holy Days well after the ascension of Jesus Christ. And there is prophecy of us keeping them AFTER Jesus Returns.
1 Cor. 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
Acts 12:3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) Acts 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter (Passover, NOT Easter! G3957 πάσχα pascha pas'-khah the Passover (the meal, the day, the festival or the special sacrifices connected with it): - Passover.) to bring him forth to the people.
Act 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Act 20:16 For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.
1Co 16:8 But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.
Zechariah 14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
Isa. 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
Spiritual Principal/Purpose: The main reason for laws concerning clean and unclean food is the same as for other laws concerning clean and unclean. To preserve the sanctity of Israel as God's Holy People. (see Lev.11:44) Uncleaness typified sin & defilement.
Jesus Fulfillment: Jesus became the Passover Lamb sacificed for our sins. Animals no longer represent/typify sin, because the old covenant of animal sacrifice was replaced by Christ, our High Priest, who did what no other priest could do. Therefore animals no longer need to represent the clean and unclean because physical animals are not part of the New Covenant. Jesus cleansed all meats. It's NOT that which goeth into the mouth that defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. i refrained from eating pork, shrimp, etc. for around 24 years until GOD opened my eyes to the FACT that He did cleanse all meats and that these meats will be Provision in the Great Tribulation. Please click here to read the article which explains this in detail.
Spiritual Principal/Purpose: To support the Levite (ministers), the House of GOD, the work of the House of GOD, the widow, fatherless and the needy. That the Levite could focus on the work of the Kingdom and not go hungry.
Jesus Fulfillment: Jesus was the First Begotten and the First Fruits!
The Father gave His Very Best, in the Spirit of Love! Christ gave of His Own Flesh. Christ made it very clear that we are to think of others and to help those in need AND that we are to do one and NOT NEGLECT the other in reference to tithing (Matt.23:23). LOVE and GIVING is the spiritual principal of tithing. With what measure that we give, we shall be given to. We should give and not grudingly. In the Spirit of the Law, you can now give to any indiviual or group in need. It is not required to be given only to the Levite. UNDER the letter of the law, if you had 10 apples and you also had 10 mouths to feed and this was the only food you had to feed your family, you MUST still give away one of the 10 apples. One of the members of your family would have to either go hungry or else take a bite from each of the other apples. IN the Spirit of the Law, the purpose of tithing is to support the Levite, the widow, the fatherless AND the poor & needy. Well, if this is the only food you have to feed your large family, then YOU are considered to be the one in need! Therefore IN the Spirit of the Law, you are NOT required to give that apple away to someone else outside the household. Charity starts at home. Provide for your family. Do not neglect the needs of your own family. But this is NOT license for a poor family to never tithe/give alms. I've seen many poor people give to other poor people, give to charity, share half of what's on their plate, share half their money, etc. Many poor people know more about sharing and giving then do most middle income and high income people. So it's NOT the poor that i need to preach to. The spiritual principal of planting a seed is a real spiritual principal which works and produces fruit for both parties. Tithing, like all other laws, was NOT done away with or destroyed but rather was made perfect in that it is now to be done in the Spirit of the Law. The New Covenant is NOT license to neglect the ministers, pastors, evangelist, the House of GOD, the widow, the fatherless and the poor & needy. 10% should still be the rule of thumb to generally go by as the Spirit of the Law did NOT LESSEN the laws but rather ADDS TO the laws. If a person of an imcome of 100 million dollars per year does not give 10 million dollars a year away to charity/needy/GOD, than YES that person has broken the law in the letter AND in the Spirit and should expect his due reward.
Matt. 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
Acts 24:14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:
Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
The Upgrade of the Law of GOD: He said He would write the law in our hearts! Why would He write something in our hearts if the thing He is writing is done away with! The law is now Spiritual, NOT done away with and not turned "bad"! In fact it has gone wireless! Now instead of being required to go by the very letter of the law as written in stone, we are encouraged to go by the Spiritual principal of that law.
Every nation has laws!
What would a nation be without laws? Total Chaos!
We, the people of God, are a Holy Nation.
1 Peter 2:9 "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:"
Yes, according to the Old AND New Testament Scriptures, we are a Holy Nation. We are ambassadors of the Kingdom of God. What good is an ambassador of a nation if he represents a lawless nation? Do we not have honor? Honor your Father and your mother? How do you do that? With respect through obedience! If you don't obey your father, He says you don't respect Him and then He punishes you. How can He punish you if there was no law to break? He is righteous! He is not unfair. His laws are not grievous.
It is interesting that the same people who say "the law is done away with" are the same ones who say "thou shalt not commit adultery", "homosexuality is a sin", "do not lie, steal or cheat", "give your tithes to God", "do not do drugs, do not smoke", "do not curse", etc. etc. etc. Seems to me, that they do have laws. It's just that they want to pick WHICH laws they recognize. I'm sure the only laws on this website that people disagree with is that we are to keep the Holy Days and Sabbaths of the LORD (and perhaps you might disagree with tithing). Does not every nation have days of celebration? Does not the U.S. have the 4th of July to show respect and honor to the founders of this nation? How much more should we celebrate and show honor/praise to the Greatest King and Kingdom?
You have no problem keeping the pagan celebration days that was instituted in the Roman and Babylon empires. Why do you resist the Holy Days of the Kingdom of God? Why do you not want to give up your customs and traditions of x-mas and easter that was handed down to you by tradition? Why do you not want to submit to a great authority? Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess. But NOW is the time to submit to the authority of God. How does He have authority without instructions? He does have instructions/laws and He does want us to obey. We have the SAME problem today as Paul and Jesus and Moses and Noah did! People want to celebrate Baal instead of the true Eternal God. Who is your God? What are His laws? How do you show Him respect and Honor? Do you NOT obey him? Of course you do, but let's do so in the Spirit of the Law. Here's a fictonal example of a child who still keeps the letter of the law:
The family housed burned down. They later discovered that they had left the stove on and their 11 year old son had seen that the stove had been left on. When his dad asked him "Hey Charlie, why didn't you turn the stove off, if you had noticed it!" And Charlie responded "you told me to never touch the stove".
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