Jesus, The Law And The Believer (Part One)

Apostle Paul while writing to the Galatians called the law our schoolmaster and he went ahead to say that the schoolmaster has to be done away with in order for faith to come. The situation is actually no one has the ability to demise the law from the scene. That is, to be able to fulfill the demands of the law, by rightly interpreting it and establishes its purpose. Remember, the law couldn’t make anyone righteous because righteousness cannot come by the means of the law (Gal 2:16). When Jesus came He said something concerning the law and his relationship with it and on the cross He said something about it and again after His resurrection He also said something about it.

The statement He made at the beginning of His ministry about the law rightly showcase what His mission is as thus stipulates “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 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. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 5:17-19).

The statement above speaks volume about the regard Jesus has for the law, and in a way it exposes the fact that He has come to bring the law to logical conclusion that will definitely liberate humanity from its entanglement. It is obvious that the work of the law was to expose the weakness of man and not to bring him to perfection. As a result, inasmuch as the law is concerned, every man stands guilty because no man was able to fulfill its demands.

Interestingly the statement of Jesus signifies that it was for this purpose He has come and for this reason he was born under the law in order to free them that are under the law as stated in Galatians 4:4-5 and I quote “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”

The situation stands that the continuous existence of the law implies that no man will ever be qualified to be called a son to God, because the law is a barrier to that effect. Apostle Paul writing to the Romans in chapter 7 of that epistle verse one he stated and I quote “Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?