Skeptics claim that this passage and Eph. 2:13–15 abolish the Law, in contradiction to Matt. 5:17: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”
The skeptic has no understanding of the reason Christ suffered and died. He came to fulfill the Law so that those who trust in Him could be justified (declared not guilty and made clean in the sight of God).
Think of two brothers who each have large court fines. They have no money and are about to be sentenced to prison. Their kindly father loves them and pays their fines. He satisfies the demands of the law by fulfilling the court’s requirements. Both men are then free to go. However, one of them refuses to accept the payment. He is therefore still under the law’s penalty and is sentenced to a long…
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