Sunday, October 27, 2013

sermon on the mount-- the torah

Do not think I have come to abolish the Law and the Prophets

In Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus assures His audience that His teachings are consistent with the Torah. Although much of Christianity has “set aside” the commandments of the Torah, some even going so far as to argue that Galatians shows the Torah to be contrary to the gospel, it would make sense that Jesus would wish to see the Torah be appreciated by those in the Kingdom: Jesus is the author of the Torah, the Torah tells His story.

So why does the New Testament seem to have such an ambivalent relationship with the Torah? Perhaps it is not due to errors in the laws of God, but rather errors in how God's laws are being followed. Maybe the answer is not to “abolish” the law, but rather learn how Christ would have us follow the law.


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