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


  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.


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