Because they did not understand the essence of those written in the Old Testament, the spiritual leaders of that time thought that Lord Jesus was attempting upon the teaching of the Word of God. Therefore, the Savior said to them:
Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. (Matthew 5:17)(NASB)
The Law and the Prophets was the term of that period of time which coincides with what we call the Old Testament now and it includes 39 canonical books, that were inspired by God. The basic teaching and the core purpose of the Old Testament was to be a guide to Christ. Therefore, the Savior said He came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets, because all well-known prophecies and teachings of the Old Testament were fulfilled in Him.
The Old Testament books contain many prophecies yet to be fulfilled in the future, and the Lord Jesus said:
For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. (Matthew 5:18)(NASB)
This example shows that every part of God’s Word will be fulfilled as it has been written.
Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:19)(NASB)
The Pharisees and scribes added to the Word of God more human commandments and thus, they annulled God’s command. Therefore, Jesus says:
For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:20)(NASB)
Do you study the Bible systematically that you can live right and enter the kingdom of heaven? How can you fulfill God’s word if you do know it?
Translated by Felicia Rotaru