Jeremiah 31:31 and Matthew 5:17 Torah as Law/guidance

Greetings to all,

I have recently started to deepen my studies of Gods word and have run up against a couple walls that I am looking for guidance from some more mature christians.
Jeremiah talks about a new covenant however my understanding is that there are two words in hebrew that are suggested, the first means new as in somthing different and the other means new as in renewed, can someone with a better understanding of Hebrew give insight. The differences seem to come from christian greek interpretation and the Jews and messianic Jewish views of the relevance of Torah to the believer.

Matthew 5:17 speaks coming to fulfill which some argue means to abrogate and others suggest it means to fill up/give a fuller meaning to.

What I am really trying to sort out in my mind is what value is the Law given at Sinai to the christian today, I don't personally see how it can be abrogated when Paul states that it is still useful for teaching, instructing etc and also have a hard time (in my own minds thoughts) of understanding how somthing God set down as a standard would no longer apply. (Please do not misinterpret this as a way of salvation, but as a way of living for God)

Thank you,

Jason

JeffLogan's picture

Glad you mentioned it

Hey Jason,

I'm glad you mentioned it--that the main purpose of the law was to bring people to Christ. It is an eternal guide applicable to all peoples through-out all generations. For the sinner it reveals his need of a Savior to redeem him from the curse of the law which demands his death. For the legalist it reveals a requirement of perfect obedience and his inability reminds him he also needs a Savior. For the Christian it reveals the beauty of the character of Christ calling us to an ever higher plane again revealing our necessity of an ever present Savior.

But the law is effective fulfilling its main purpose only as long as it is extant and applicable. What I am trying to say is that only those who are sick need a physician. Or, as Jesus said it, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17 (NIV).

Now I'll explain this only because some may have never stopped to think about what Jesus meant by this. He certainly didn't mean that some men are so righteous they have no need of a Savior, for elsewhere the Bible tells us that all have sinned and come short. But rather, He meant that some men consider themselves righteous and therefore reject any notion of a Savior. Why would someone need a doctor if they weren't sick. Likewise, why would they need a Savior from sin if they never sinned. That is the logic being employed in this analogy.

So in order for the law to fulfill its main function it must be able to convict of sin. The power of sin is the law because the law condemns every sinner to die. And so a conviction of sin comes with the death penalty. And the only remedy from the sting of death, which is sin, is the atoning sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ. When we take away the ability of the law to convict of sin, by whatever means we may choose to employ, we are effectively waging war on the cross of Christ. Why do I say this? Because, if we remove the law then by what means will men be convicted of their sin? And by what means will they be driven to the cross? If they don't realize they need a doctor they are not going to seek one.

Anyway, I'll save some thought for later and give you a chance to reply.


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