Fulfillment of the Law
Posted on 23 August 2017 09:46 AM

Q. What is the fulfillment of the law?

 

A. The Bible speaks of the law being fulfilled. Many scholars have interpreted certain verse to mean that Christ is the one that ultimately fulfilled the law for all, and therefore it is no longer necessary. If this is such, it then cause some serious theological difficulties. For instance, removing the law, which is so central to God’s Government, the plan of redemption and the judgement, makes all these doctrines useless.

The moral law is necessary to identify, sin (1 John 3:4), righteousness (Romans 8:4) and judgement (James 2:12). Removing the law causes some serious difficulty and makes it impossible to explain moral living, the plan of salvation and righteousness by faith. However, the Bible does speaks of fulfilling the law in three instances..

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. {Romans 13:8}

Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. {Romans 13:10} 

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. {Galatians 5:14} 

Each of these passages were written by Paul, several years after Christ had died and risen. The implication is that the moral law was still very present and necessary to the Believer according to Paul. There are three important factors to take note of:

1) None of these fulfilments of the law is spoken of by having been done by Jesus, but rather by the individual Christian.

2) None implies a completeness of fulfilment that makes the law afterward void.

3) All three passages speaks of love as being the prime motivator. When Such motivation is at the basis of any actions, thoughts or words, it affirms the law as having been followed.

It is interesting to note also that the greek word for “fulfill” implies the idea of filling up a container. So the container of the law must filled up with love for it to correctly accomplish its purpose. The word does not have the connotation of ceasing to exist once filled up, it is a continual process.

The law is an essential standard for us to understand sin, righteousness and the judgement. The moral law has never been removed neither can it be. It would be like removing the very foundation of the Government of God. But proper obedience is always prompted and maintain by a loving disposition which fulfills the demands of the law.

 

For more information we recommend the following resources:

Total Transformation: Look and Live 

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Clash of Minds: Righteousness by Faith in Verity Part 1

 

Keywords: law, done away, fulfilment, government of God, sin, righteousness, judgment, love

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