Did Jesus Really Say That? Must We Obey Old Testament Laws?

Did God Really Say He Didn't Abolish Old Testament Law? Understanding Mt.5:17

"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." ~ Jesus, Matthew 5:17

Jesus didn't abolish Old Testament law. 

Does that mean we still must obey it?


Christ fulfilled the law and prophets.

In Christ, we live under grace, not law (Romans 6:14; Galatians 3:11).

We have the power, desire, and responsibility to live obedient lives (Romans 8:9-14). But we obey New Testament commands based on the deeper spiritual meaning of the law - the fulfillment of the law - not simply the "letter of the law" (Matthew 5:20-48).

Grace isn’t a license to sin (Romans 6:1-6). It’s our motivation and power to overcome sin.

As Paul so aptly explained:

“His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me." ~ Paul, 1 Corinthians 15:10


Note: We are no longer required to obey dietary, ceremonial, cleansing, and sacrificial laws (Romans 14:17; Colossians 2:16-17).
See: Which Old Testament Laws Apply Today 

Did God Really Say He Didn't Abolish Old Testament Law? Understanding Mt.5:17

Bible Love Notes


  1. Every time we act in love, we fulfill the Law (Romans 13:10).

  2. So what about the 10 Commandments???

    1. The 10 Commandments are among the New Testament commands.
      The only one not specifically mentioned in the Sabbath. Some people believe that is because every day is meant to be a Sabbath under the New Covenant - every day a day set aside for the Lord - not meaning church attendance or rest but rest from our attempts to be saved. Hebrews 4:4-11
      Please read the articles attached at the bottom. I think they will answer any other questions you have.

  3. Matthew 5:38-48New International Version (NIV)

    Eye for Eye
    38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[a] 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

    Love for Enemies
    43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[b] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

  4. I have to disagree on this one. What about Matthew 5:18 - For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. There is a difference between Statutes, Ordinance and Laws. Jesus fulfilled All blood ordinances. It is true we now live under grace, but that doesn't mean we are not to follow God's laws. Some are civil laws which are different from the laws where you would stone someone e.g. I personally still believe we should follow even God's dietary laws. He made us and knows what is good for us and what is not. You wouldn't eat a dead vulture on the side of the road, or say a rat.
    I love and appreciate your bible studies, I just happen to disagree this time. I think this is the first time, which is pretty amazing because we all have different interpretations sometimes

    1. Totally agree. God's Law (Torah) was not done away with. We are to follow Christ's example of how to live the Torah … not for salvation, which is clearly by grace, but it is how God tells us to love Him back (7 times in the books of John and 1 John). Modern Christianity does not see this, but more and more people are waking up. Jesus did not fulfill the Law as in finishing it. If you look up the greek word for fulfill is pleroo, which means to fully preach or teach the Law, which is EXACTLY what he did.


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