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Jesus Came To Fulfil

In Matthew 5:17, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." what does Jesus mean by "fulfil"?

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AlwaysOn, Jesus came to liberate the "captives" bound by the works of darkness, to make a [Calvary- bridge] to the Father, to restore that which had been lost in [Eden], which was that [perfection] that God initially made man in[ in His own Image], and that perfect [relationship] that man once had with God[being in perfect harmony/accord] this is what Jesus fulfilled. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 7/19/08

He came, replaced the sacrificial system and bcame the Sac/Lamb of God that takes away the spiritual sin of the world. Animal Sacs couldnt do that. Destroy Law n Prophets means 10C Laws n OT n NT He didnt do away. Fulfil means, he replaced the Sac/Lamb.He died for us.He fulfilled what He promised The Father. Who will go for us? Christ said He will and He did n died 4us.
---jana on 10/1/07

The law made nothing perfect and not one jot or tittle will pass from the law until Shiloh comes. Jesus will perfect the law but not all laws. There are city, county, state and federal laws of man of the earth. Divine law is from God because they follow the Torah. Because the law made nothing perfect and it is sinful itself he will redeem some of them by fulfilling it.
---anonmous on 9/30/07

Old Testament, God's prophets revealed and declared the Gospel to Israel.

Isaiah 53:5, Psalm 103:1-4, Exodus 12:7,13
Isaiah 52:7

Jesus Christ, fulfilled every prophecy concerning Himself, the Son of God, who died for our sins, shed His blood on the cross, the Son of Almighty God, rose again from the dead, the One who ascended into heaven, the One who sits today at God's right hand, the One, the blessed Lord who lives forever, our High Priest.
---Rachel on 1/30/07

Thxxxoooo, AO.
---Rachel on 1/30/07

Fulfil means: "by fulfilling the law, Christ simply "filled" it "full" of meaning by giving men an example of perfect obedience to the will of God, in order that the same law "might be fulfilled" in us (Rom8:3,4)For what the law couldnt do,in that itwas weak thru the flesh, God sending His own Son in likeness of sinful flesh, n 4 sin, condemned sin in flesh.V4That the righteousness of law might b fulfilled in us, who walk not after flesh, but the Spirit.
---jana on 1/30/07

This is just one of those frivolous debates that cloud the truth from the nowborn christian. It's no wonder the truth to a person, a christian, sound like gibberish. This is the age of relativism where anyone's opinion of Scripture is truth. You people couldn't agree on anything if your lives depend on it. And it does! You say you believe in God, but you surely deny His power. These are surely the end times and pray that your eyes open before the first resurrection.
---Steveng on 1/14/07

Mima, your talking about ceremonial laws..remember Jesus became the Lamb of God then, and we dont need to sacrifice animals again 4 our sins..the Moral 10 Holy Laws of God still stands and it is perpetual..Please study the differet laws of God..There are 2 types..Laws of ordinances/ceremonials and the 10 Laws of God...they are 2 different laws. Ten commandments given for righteous living and is the transcript of the character of God...Jesus is the Law how can it be done away. He is the Word John 1:1,2
---bula on 1/14/07

2. It is also part of the reason why the Torah has mistakenly come to be thought of by Christians as legalistic in character.
In Judaism the word Torah may mean:

(1) Chumash (the Pentateuch, the five books of Moses); or

(2) That plus the Prophets and the Writings, i.e., the Tanakh (known by Christians as the Old Testament;
(3) That plus the Oral Torah, which includes the Talmud and other legal materials; or
---Phyllis on 1/14/07

3. First, Yeshuas fulfilling the Torah is thought to mean that it is unnecessary for people to fulfill it now. But there is no logic to the proposition that Yeshuas obeying the Torah does away with our need to obey it. In fact, Shaul (Paul), whose object in his letter to the Romans is to foster the obedience that comes from trusting in Yeshua, teaches that such trusting does not abolish Torah but confirms it (Ro 1:5, 3:31).
---Phyllis on 1/14/07

4. Second, with identical lack of logic, Yeshuas fulfilling the Prophets is thought to imply that no prophecies from the Tanakh remain for the Jews. But the Hebrew Bibles promises to the Jews are not abolished in the name of being fulfilled in Yeshua. Rather, fulfillment in Yeshua is an added assurance that everything God has promised the Jews will yet come to pass
---Phyllis on 1/14/07

5. Yeshua did not come to abolish but to make full the meaning of what the Torah and the ethical demands of the Prophets require. Thus he came to complete our understanding of the Torah and Prophets, so that we can try more effectively to be & do what they say to be and do. Verses 1820 enunciate three ways in which the Torah and the Prophets remain necessary, applicable and in force. The remainder of chapter 5 gives 6 cases in which Yeshua explains the fuller spiritual meaning of points in the Jewish Law.
---Phyllis on 1/14/07

6. In fact, this verse states the theme and agenda of the entire Sermon on the Mount, in which Yeshua completes, makes fuller, the understanding of his talmidim concerning the Torah and the Prophets, so that they can more fully express what being Gods people is all about.
The Jewish New Testament Commentary, (Clarksville, MD: Jewish New Testament Publications) 1996.
---Phyllis on 1/14/07

Jesus who was righteousness has fulfilled the law for us, it was nailed to his cross,(Colossians 2:14). When we accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior today we get his righteousness imputed to us and for this reason we are free of the law. The law can no longer condemn us because it has been fulfilled by Christ. It is our failure to accept Christ that condemns us.
---Mima on 1/14/07

Jesus came to fullfil means: He has fulfilled what God sent Him for and that is to Die for our sins whereas in the begining, when u sin, death is your penalty.So Christ's coming fulfilled God's promis to send His Son for our salvation. He came to die that we maybe saved from death thru our sinning.
---janas on 1/12/07

#1 Christ is emphasizing His place. He wants us to know that He is greater than Moses, the lawgiver of the Old Testament. He confirms the spirituality of the law, while at the same time, He adds to it. He puts His own interpretation to what was spoken by them of old time: "for the law made nothing perfect." Jesus emphasizes the fulfillment of every jot and tittle of the law. He confirms the authority of the "Law."
---Debbie on 1/12/07

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#2 We must think about how this applies; for many mistakes in theology have come from failure at this point. "The Law and the Prophets" were the recognized name for the Old Testament Scriptures as a whole. They related especially to the past age. "The law and the prophets were until John the Baptist; since that time the Kingdom of God is preached." It could be said that they had now passed away, because, like John, they had fulfilled their purpose.
---Debbie on 1/12/07

#3 They were only the preparation for something greater and higher. They beared witness to, and established what was to come. No truth can completely vanish away, but it does give way to a greater and fuller revelation. Christ insists that He did not come to destroy the law and the prophets: rather He came to fulfill them. He was the reality of the shadow; which the law portrayed. They are eternalized in Him who was "the Word made flesh."
---Debbie on 1/12/07

#4 The Lord is talking to Jews and their relation to Himself as the Lawgiver of His own kingdom. He is assuring them that He is not doing away with the righteousness which the law demanded, rather He insists upon a greater righteousness than what the scribes and Pharisees boasted. The Lord speaks of the inward righteousness which He requires, in contrast to theirs which was outward. He emphasizes the second table of the law rather than the first, because man's conscience is more accessible on this side.
---Debbie on 1/12/07

#5 The old creation is rarely concerned with his attitude toward God, while sometimes very sensitive about his conduct toward his fellow man. He shows the influence of the law upon the heart of man, as well as upon his hand. He takes the sixth commandment first, to show the righteousness of which He speaks. Not only is the man guilty who kills his brother, according to the new Lawgiver's standard; but he who is simply angry with his brother is also guilty.
---Debbie on 1/12/07

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#6 And tho' he does him no injury, he is liable to judgment; while causeless cursing and railing, of which all men are more or less prone, will not be tolerated during His righteous reign, He assures them. This was intended to let hem know that mere human righteousness was not acceptable to God. The very best gifts that they could offer were defiled with their sinful hands. The Lord is teaching that the law is spiritual, and in this manner it applies to us today.
---Debbie on 1/12/07

#7 How can we enjoy fellowship with God when we have injured our brother and never have made any amends for the evil? We dont realize how much we lose of the joy of salvation because we have refused to judge ourselves. The people Jesus was addressing were going on with the law, not understanding its requirements, nor their own inability to fulfill its demands.
---Debbie on 1/12/07

It means Jesus satisfied the demand of the law. Because of this, He abolished it (2Cor.3:13,Eph2:15) and the curse of death it had on all those who disobeyed it.
---john on 1/12/07

Jesus fulfilled the righteousness of any having faith in him as the living and ever living son of God.

Joh 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
Joh 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Joh 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
---Pharisee on 1/11/07

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Jesus meant that he would be the one, the only one, to completly keep the law in every respect. The religious leader of his time accused him of breaking the law by times but they were talking about the law as they interperted it, not as God intended it to be understood. Jesus had a complete understanding of the mind of God on all aspects of the law. Luke 2:49, Matt 11:27, John 17:24
---BRUCE5656 on 1/11/07

greetings.The hearers had the wrong idea of jesus' mission.Jesus stated that one should not make the mistake that he is setting aside the law and the prophets or to destroy but to fulfill,to enlarge and illuminate.The hearer had the wrong idea of jesus' mission.Jesus set out to write the new commandments on the tables of the heart.To enter his kingdom one must have the righteousness that consists of love,mercy and truth.This is the sincere desire to do the will of the Father.
---earl on 1/11/07

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