By Edwin Christiaan | October 2, 2013

Jesus said; “I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.” Matthew 5:17 NLT  

It is especially important to note how the word “abolish” is used here. In this context, “abolish” is set in opposition to “fulfill.” Christ came “…not to abolish, but to fulfill.”

Jesus did not come to this earth for the purpose of acting as an opponent of the law. His goal was not to prevent its fulfillment. Rather, He revered it, loved it, obeyed it, and brought it to fruition.

He fulfilled the law’s prophetic utterances regarding Himself (Luke 24:44). Christ fulfilled the demands of the Mosaic law, which called for perfect obedience under threat of a “curse” (see Galatians 3:10, 13).

That is why it says; “For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups.” Ephesians 2:14-15 NLT  

That is the reason why the Jewish believers of the first century church NEVER were commanded to teach the gentiles to obey the Old Testament law.

In the New King James translation of the book of James, chapter 2, verse 10, it clearly states: “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.” 

And in Romans 7:6 NLT it says: “But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.” 

In other words, we are no longer under the Law, but under God’s Grace!

The apostle Paul also puts it this way: “He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.” 2. Corinthians 3:6 NLT  

So, why are we then keeping an Old Testament law of tithing that was NEVER meant for the New Testament believer to begin with? Are we that deceived?