06/20/2009 Sabbath Meeting Transcript

"Did Yahushua Fulfill the Law?"

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EliYah's message:

All right, we're going to look at the scriptures today dealing with a fulfilling of the law. Yahushua said in Matthew 5:17:

Matthew 5:17 - "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

Don't even think it. Don't even let it enter your mind that I've come to destroy the law or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.

What did He mean by that? Well, there are a lot of folks who have a misunderstanding of what that means, and I will admit that I, myself, at one point, also misunderstood what He meant.

There are some examples of statements here I want to share with you, things people have emailed me, or mentioned to me, or quoted to me at various times. They reflect a misunderstanding of what it really means for Yahushua to fulfill.

For instance, they'll say, "We don't have to keep the law, because Messiah fulfilled it all." Or, "We don't do sacrifices anymore, because the Messiah fulfilled them." Or, "We don't keep the ceremonial law, because the Messiah fulfilled that." They might ask a question like, "What parts of the law were fulfilled?"

Each of those statements reflect a misunderstanding of what that really meant for Messiah to fulfill the law.

We're going to look at some scriptures today which reveal the true meaning and the true concept of fulfillment. The true meaning of fulfill is very important, because there are many examples where the Messiah is said to fulfill certain things.

A common notion in our modern age is that Messiah fulfilled the law and the prophets, so now we're in a situation where the law has been passed away. They use Matthew 5:18 to say that.

Matthew 5:18 - "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

They say Messiah fulfilled it all, so the law is passed away. Did you notice He said also, "Till heaven and earth pass..." The last I checked, I think it's still present. Heaven and earth are still here.

What is He talking about? The word translated "fulfilled" in verse 18, Matthew 5, is not the same Greek word that's translated "fulfill" in verse 17. Kind of tricky, isn't it?

The translators chose to use the same word in English in both verses, but in Greek it's two different words. What does it mean?

The Greek word translated "fulfill" in verse 18 is translated "be" 253 times in the scriptures. It's translated "come to pass" 82 times. It's translated fulfilled three times.

It's never used in reference to Yahushua fulfilling anything in the law or the prophets.

What is the meaning of this word? It seems to me, through examining the context of each instance where the word is used, it has to do with coming to pass. So it was, so it came to pass--translated "be" 253 times--so it would be or so it would come to pass.

Until everything comes to pass. What did He just say? Until heaven and earth pass, not one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law until everything comes to pass.

What has yet to come to pass? Of course, heaven and earth is still standing. We're in it. We're on the earth. We can look up in the sky. It's still there every night. Yahushua has much yet He wants to bring to pass.

The Father is going to use Him to do some really awesome things. What are they? We know, for instance, there's going to be a new heavens and a new earth. There's going to be a new heavens and a new earth. We know that Yahushua is going to return, and He's going to set up His reign on the earth 1,000 years, the kingdom of Yahweh.

So, not everything has come to pass yet; but when everything is accomplished, and death is no more, and sin is no more, of course, there's not going to be a law needed to tell us we're walking in sin.

We will be incorruptible beings at that time that will no longer sin, and there will be a new heavens and a new earth. As it says in 1 Timothy 1:9:

1Timothy 1:9 - knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for [the] lawless and insubordinate, for [the] ungodly and for sinners, for [the] unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

So the law is not for the righteous; it's for the unrighteous. When there is no more unrighteousness, because every enemy is defeated by Yahushua the Messiah, everything is put under His feet, including death, there won't need to be a jot and tittle of the law to tell us we need to stop sinning.

Revelation 21:1 - Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.

Revelation 21:2 - Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from Elohim, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

At that time, there won't need to be a law to tell us what's wrong. If I had 30 children in a room, and I didn't give them any rules or any laws at all and just told them to be good--or didn't even say that--and they weren't good, then I might need to give them laws and tell them, "Don't do this. This is wrong. Don't do this. You need to do this over here," so that they would understand what is right and what is wrong.

But if they're already doing good, and they're not rebellious, not walking in hatred or anything, then you don't need rules. It's no different. Yahweh gives us Torah, gives us rules, because of transgressions and disobedience, because there are people not walking in love. That's why Yahweh gave the law, Torah.

Continuing in Matthew 5, let's read it all in context.

Matthew 5:17 - "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

Matthew 5:18 - "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

Matthew 5:19 - "Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches [them], he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

We'll get to that verse later, but I want to look first at what does this mean when Yahushua says He's not coming to destroy, He's coming to fulfill? What does that mean? What's He trying to tell us? What does fulfillment really mean?

Some say fulfillment means do away with. Some say fulfilled just means to do it. What does it really mean? Let's look at it. In Greek, 3137, it means to fully fill. It means to fill up or make full.

Sometimes a Greek Lexicon or Hebrew Lexicon tells you the meaning, and you're still scratching your head after you read it. The best way, if you like to get into the Hebrew or Greek, the best way to understand the meaning of a word isn't necessarily to just look at it in your Strong's.

Sometimes you've got to look at how the Hebrew or Greek word is used in different contexts. Then you'll understand what it means.

The people who write the Lexicons are human, too. Their word is not gospel. Where they get their definitions from is to look at how the word is used in the language and the context in different areas. Through that, they begin to understand its meaning, and that's when they write the meaning for you in the Lexicons.

I know that when they write the Lexicons, sometimes they're going to be influenced by what they think a verse means. So because they think a verse means this, they think the meaning means this, too.

You can do that. You can search a word--here's one way you can do it. If you have a program called E-Sword, I believe E-Sword lets you search a word by Strong's number.

Strong's 3137, you just search by Strong's number, and I think E-Sword does it, and you can do it. A program I have called Bible Works, you can do the same. In Bible Works, you can use the Greek word itself. Right click it, do search, and you can look at all the different contexts.

That is the best way to understand the meaning of a Greek or Hebrew word is to do searches by that word and see how it's used in different verses throughout the Bible. We're going to do that with this word meaning "fulfill."

Romans 15:13 - Now may the Elohim of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

There, the Greek word "pleroo," 4137, fill. If we are filled with joy and peace, that makes perfect sense. No problem there.

Luke 2:40 - And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of Elohim was upon Him.

That makes sense, too, to be filled with wisdom.

Ephesians 5:17 -

Ephesians 5:18 -

There, the Greek word "pleroo" is translated filled, being filled with the Spirit. An example of being filled with the Spirit is speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, rather than alcohol.

That makes sense, too. You can fill up something that's lacking. You don't have the Spirit, you get filled with the Spirit. Pleroo would be good there.

In the following verses, the word is used in a little bit different context.

Luke 21:23 - "But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people.

Luke 21:24 - "And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Here we see that time can be fully filled. In the case of this verse, the times of the Gentiles. There was a space of time where the Gentiles were to trodden down Jerusalem, and there would be a completion or filling up of this fixed time Yahweh appointed, which I tend to think occurred in 1967 when Israel took over Jerusalem again.

The times of Gentiles, it seems to me, would have been fulfilled at that point. It's no longer trodden down or owned or ran by Gentiles.

Luke 2:41 - His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.

Luke 2:42 - And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast.

Luke 2:43 - When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Yahushua lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know [it];

It says they went up to Jerusalem every year. It says, "when they had fulfilled the days..." This is time, once again, being fulfilled. There's certain days Yahushua's parents had to fulfill, according to the law. This can be related to our keeping of the Torah, because the Torah requires us to keep Passover and the days of Unleavened Bread.

Leviticus 23:5 - `On the fourteenth [day] of the first month at twilight [is] YAHWEH'S Passover.

Leviticus 23:6 - `And on the fifteenth day of the same month [is] the Feast of Unleavened Bread to YAHWEH; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.

If you keep the feast seven days, you have fulfilled the days. Yahweh's commandment to keep Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread were kept by Joseph and Miryam, Mary. They fulfilled the days or filled up the space of time required by Yahweh to eat Unleavened Bread.

Yahweh commanded that we eat unleavened bread seven days. They fulfilled those days. In their fulfilling of these days, they kept Yahweh's commandment.

Let's look at an example where John the Baptist's father, Zacharias, was given a prophecy about what would take place and what his son would do.

The angel had visited him there as he was ministering in the temple area and offering incense.

Luke 1:18 - And Zacharias said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years."

This angel predicted that through him and his wife would come John the Baptist.

Luke 1:19 - And the angel answered and said to him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of Elohim, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings.

Luke 1:20 - "But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time."

We see that words also can be fulfilled. Zacharias has difficulty believing the words of the angel when he said they would have a son. When John the Baptist was born, Zacharias again was able to speak.

Here we have some words spoken by Gabriel, the angel of Yahweh, but they were not yet fulfilled or filled up until it came to pass. When the words Gabriel spoke were fulfilled or fully filled, Zacharias was able to speak again.

For instance, if I say to another person, "I'm going to be obedient to Yahweh," my words are empty words unless I fulfill them by being obedient to Yahweh.

If I told my son to go bring me a glass of water, and he does not do it, then my words were just empty words, because my request was ignored. They were words lacking fulfillment. But if I tell my son to bring me a glass of water, and he does it, then my words were fulfilled. He fully filled my words. They were not empty words.

My son obeyed my commandment. My will came to pass, and he brought me the glass of water.

In the case of Zacharias, Gabriel said they would have a son, but Zacharias had a difficult time believing Gabriel's words would be fulfilled because of their age. Of course, we know when John the Baptist was born, he was able to speak again.

We must believe Yahweh's words are not empty, even when they haven't been done yet or not been fulfilled yet. When Yahweh says something, it is as good as done.

When Yahweh speaks, though, there are some who are willing to fulfill His words and some who are not willing to fulfill the words He speaks. Those who are disobedient will refuse to fulfill His commandments. Those who are obedient will be willing to fulfill His commandments.

We need to be among those who, like Yahushua, is willing to fulfill His commandments. In various places, there are prophets who make predictions, like Gabriel did, by the word of Yahweh. Yahushua was the One who obeyed them, many of them.

Luke 4:16 - So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.

Luke 4:17 - And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

Luke 4:18 - "The Spirit of YAHWEH [is] upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to [the] poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to [the] captives And recovery of sight to [the] blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

Luke 4:19 - To proclaim the acceptable year of YAHWEH."

Luke 4:20 - Then He closed the book, and gave [it] back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.

Luke 4:21 - And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

We see that Yahweh predicted something was going to come to pass, and Yahushua declared that these words were fulfilled. Words that Yahweh had spoken were not empty words. They were fully filled on that day.

We also see in Matthew 26:51, He would fulfill other prophecies, as well, by His obedience to Yahweh.

Matthew 26:51 - And suddenly, one of those [who were] with Yahushua stretched out [his] hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.

Matthew 26:52 - But Yahushua said to him, "Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.

Matthew 26:53 - "Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?

Matthew 26:54 - "How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?"

He knew that He had to be willing to obey or fulfill the scriptures He was going to be killed and rise again. He knew He had to fulfill His Father's commandments, and so He did it.

There are others also who fulfill Yahweh's word, though not in a good way. For instance, John 12:37-40.

John 12:37 - But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him,

John 12:38 - that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: "Master, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of YAHWEH been revealed?"

John 12:39 - Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again:

John 12:40 - "He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, Lest they should see with [their] eyes, Lest they should understand with [their] hearts and turn, So that I should heal them."

There are others who fulfill the words of Yahweh, and that's not necessarily a good thing. We see Yahweh predicts here that the people of Messiah's generation would not believe Him. His prediction about others were obeyed or fulfilled, because Yahweh knows the end from the beginning.

This prophecy being quoted in John 12 is from Isaiah 53, where it says Messiah is to be rejected by men. Those words were fulfilled when the people failed to believe in the Messiah, despite the many miracles He did.

The thing which Yahweh spoke came to pass. A study into the Tanakh, or Old Testament, is going to reveal that the Hebrew word male, 4390, carries the same basic meaning as the Greek word pleroo and is used in the same way.

For instance, male is used in Genesis 1:22.

Genesis 1:22 - And Elohim blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth."

The same word in Hebrew speaks of a filling up of space or time.

Numbers 6:13 - `Now this [is] the law of the Nazirite: When the days of his separation are fulfilled, he shall be brought to the door of the tabernacle of meeting.

Days are fulfilled there. Again, fulfilling of words in 2 Chronicles 36:20-21.

2Chronicles 36:20 - And those who escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon, where they became servants to him and his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia,

2Chronicles 36:21 - to fulfill the word of YAHWEH by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.

Additional evidence here is also found in the Septuagint, an ancient Greek translation of the Old Testament where male is translated pleroo in each one of those verses I quoted.

I hope it is abundantly clear, beyond the shadow of a doubt, beyond anybody's question what the word "fulfill" means. Let's plug in that understanding here into Matthew 5:17.

Matthew 5:17 - "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

What does that mean? In the Torah, in the law, Yahweh commanded that certain things be done. Do not commit adultery, remember the Sabbath and keep it holy, have no other Elohim before Him--many, many things Yahweh commanded. They were not only commanded to everyone, of course, they were being commanded to the Messiah, as well.

Up to that point, nobody had actually fulfilled the Torah completely, because nobody had ever kept Yahweh's law perfectly. We know Yahushua fulfilled Yahweh's word in the Torah. He did not fail to adhere to any of the commandments in the Torah. He followed them perfectly and blamelessly.

In the same way, if I told my son to bring me a glass of water, if he did it, he fulfilled my command. When the heavenly Father commanded the Son to go and die for the sins of the people, He obeyed it. That was a prophecy being fulfilled.

When Yahweh commanded, do not commit adultery, of course, He fulfilled that, too. That means He obeyed it. He did not fail in any point. He completely fulfilled the law. He was completely without sin.

Hebrews 4:15 - For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all [points] tempted as [we are, yet] without sin.

What is sin? Sin is a transgression of the law.

1John 3:4 - Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.

It's very clear that, in this sense, Yahushua fulfilled the law, as well as the prophets. When Yahweh spoke, Yahushua fulfilled the words.

There is not a shred of evidence anywhere in scripture that fulfill means to set aside, do away with, or abolish. Would that make any sense for Him to say, "Don't think I came to destroy the law; just think I came to abolish it?" It's the same thing, isn't it?

"Don't think I came to destroy the law; just remember I came to do away with it." What's the difference? So we're not even to think He came to destroy the law. We're to think that He came to obey the law, to actually fulfill the words that were spoken. Up to that point, nobody had, and so that was His duty to come and, through His actions, condemn sin.

Once He did it, nobody could say it's impossible. We all need a Savior now, and He is the Savior. No question. How about now? How about us?

We see from Yahushua's words that nothing is going to pass from the law until everything comes to pass. There's, obviously, more things to come to pass yet. There's more prophecies to be fulfilled. There's more things in the Torah, actually. Feast days, for example. We know Yahushua the Messiah fulfilled different commandments.

He is our Passover Lamb. 1 Corinthians 5:7 calls Him our Passover. He's the firstfruits that was resurrected. He is also the giving of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. That's what Pentecost represented, the giving of the Spirit, the giving of the Torah, the giving of the law.

The Feast of Trumpets, Messiah returns at the last trump, atones for our sins, and we tabernacle with Yahweh forever. The feasts in the fall, which we'll be discussing in about a month or so, Yahushua fulfilled those. And the age to come, they're not quite done yet. They're not quite fulfilled.

There are things in the law, things in the prophets Yahushua has not yet fulfilled, but He will. He did fulfill what He was appointed to fulfill in His first coming, and He will finish, because Messiah was cut off. He will finish His works in the age to come and even now.

What do we do? Do we fulfill the law because Yahushua fulfilled it, or do we disobey the law because Yahushua fulfilled the law? What do we do?

Romans 13:8 - Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Galatians 5:14 - For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Who would say we don't have to fulfill the law, after you read these scriptures? It seems so clear to me that we are also to fulfill the law.

Fulfilling the law is not something Yahushua alone is supposed to do. It is something we all are supposed to do.

Why is it that we fulfill the law by only loving our neighbor? Don't we have to also love Yahweh to really fulfill the law? You cannot love your neighbor unless you love Yahweh.

1John 5:2 - By this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Elohim and keep His commandments.

Until you love Yahweh and keep His commandments, you don't even love the children of Yahweh. You don't even love your neighbor, period.

If anyone says we don't have to fulfill the law, because Yahushua fulfilled that for us, then they're saying we don't have to love Yahweh, because He did that for us.

"We don't have to love our neighbor. Yahushua did that for us." Is that right teaching?

As we examined last week, every commandment in the law has to do with showing us how to love Yahweh, how to love our neighbor. It's the standard Yahweh gave, the teaching He gives as to what it means to love Him, what it means to love your fellow man. Of course, we should seek to fulfill those commands.

Matthew 22:35 - Then one of them, a lawyer, asked [Him a question], testing Him, and saying,

Matthew 22:36 - "Teacher, which [is] the great commandment in the law?"

Matthew 22:37 - Yahushua said to him, "`You shall love YAHWEH your Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'

Matthew 22:38 - "This is [the] first and great commandment.

Matthew 22:39 - "And [the] second [is] like it: `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'

Matthew 22:40 - "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."

Yahushua was teaching us that every commandment Yahweh gave in the law, every word spoken by the prophets had to do with loving Yahweh and loving one another. We cannot cut the law and prophets off those two great commandments upon which they hang.

If we try to do that, we're going to twist things around and create our own definition of love. We need to submit to Yahweh's definition of love. We're carnal. We've got to recognize that sometimes we need a little direction.

When we say Yahushua fulfilled the law, we're saying Yahushua loved Yahweh, and He loved every one of us perfectly. It is for that reason Paul wrote, "He that loves another has fulfilled the law."

Romans 13:8 - Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Many, many say to me, "We have a new law now, a new and improved, the law version 2.0. We don't keep the Torah now. We just love Yahweh and love our neighbor."

They don't understand what Yahushua is teaching. Yahweh's law did not need a 2.0. Yahweh's law was already perfect.

Psalms 19:7 - The law of YAHWEH [is] perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of YAHWEH [is] sure, making wise the simple;

Keeping His commandments are evidence that we do love Him, that we do love our neighbor. That's why all the law is fulfilled when we love our neighbor in the first place.

It's us that need the revising. We need a body 2.0. We don't need Adam man anymore; we need Yahushua to dwell in us, so that we might have life.

Let's look at Matthew 5:17-19 one more time.

Matthew 5:17 - "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

Matthew 5:18 - "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

Matthew 5:19 - "Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches [them], he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Until all things come to pass, Yahushua has much more to accomplish, according to scriptures.

1Corinthians 15:25 - For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.

1Corinthians 15:26 - The last enemy [that] will be destroyed [is] death.

Has that been done yet? Check the obituaries. There's plenty of death going on.

1Corinthians 15:27 - For "He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under [Him," it is] evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.

1Corinthians 15:28 - Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that Elohim may be all in all.

If there's ever any question if Yahushua fulfilled everything there was to fulfill, of course not. There is still more to come.

If there's any question as to whether the law is done away with, just read Matthew 5:19, which is in full context here.

Matthew 5:19 - "Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches [them], he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

The Greek word translated "therefore" literally means "because of this" or "because of what I just said."

What are these least commandments? The commandments and the law. That's what He's talking about.

Matthew 5:19 - "Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches [them], he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Don't even do away with a tiny yod or tittle. Don't even say or teach it's okay to break one and tell everyone else, "You can break it, too; it's all right."

Or you will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. That's what Yahushua said. I'm not telling you this. I'm reading this from the scriptures.

Matthew 19: -

Is it our desire to be the least, or is it our desire to be the great ones? That's the question for me. I had one guy tell me, "I'll settle for the least. I won't do them, and I won't tell anyone not to do them."

Oh, it was grieving. Why would you want to be the least? I'm not so sure that being the least is as great as you think it is.

Didn't Yahushua tell the people one time that he who was least in the kingdom was greater than he--meaning those who are least are greater than someone else, which would be somebody who falls away after having done such great things, namely, John the Baptist?

We don't want to be least in the kingdom. It says they'll be ashes under the soles of your feet. I would say that's about as low as it could get.

Some would say, as Brother Curtis, the ones who are being called least are not really in the kingdom. Those in the kingdom are calling the ones outside the kingdom the least. It could be.

We don't want to be the least. We want to be those who are in the kingdom and called the great ones.

Yahushua's fulfillment does not mean we don't have to do it anymore. What it means is He fulfilled the law as an example for us to live by.

1John 2:6 - He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

How did Messiah walk? He fulfilled the law. Guess what? That's what He wants us to do. If Messiah fulfilled the Sabbath, that doesn't mean He did away with it. That means He did it, and you need to do it, too, because He lives in you.

If He fulfilled any commandment with the result being that you don't have to keep them anymore, then He doesn't live in you, because He says he who abides in Him ought to himself walk as He walked.

I'm not trying to condemn anyone. Don't get the wrong picture. We all probably fail in some areas unknowingly. What's our heart? What do we want to do? We want to do what Messiah did? We want to live like He lived. We want to be like Him.

Of course, we want to be like Him, because it's no longer we who live; it's He who lives in us.

If the Messiah fulfilled the Sabbath or any other commandment with the result being that we don't have to keep them anymore, then guess what? We don't have to keep any commandments anymore.

You can't just pick and choose. Even the homosexual can conceivably make the same argument. "Hey, Messiah fulfilled that old law. We don't have to keep that anymore. We can go out and do immoral things." Believe me, that's the argument they make.

We've got to forsake the idea implanted in our minds by mainstream teachers that "fulfill" means "to do away with."

We need to seek Yahweh's commandments, His ways, and do them, and seek to be like our Master Yahushua the Messiah.

1John 2:4 - He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

Yahushua called to remembrance and repeated the commandments to love Yahweh and to love our neighbor. Everything underneath that and the law and prophets is repeated through that thing right there.

People say, "Well, He didn't repeat the Sabbath command." Yes, He did. He repeated the two great commandments: to love Yahweh, to love our neighbor. He said the law and prophets hang off of that, so the Sabbath was included there, and so was everything else in the law included.

Paul also said we should fulfill the law, just as Yahushua said it. We know John confirms it, as well. We need to allow the love of Elohim to be perfected in us by following Yahushua's example.

We need to allow Him to keep those commandments in us that He kept while He was on the earth. Then we will be the body of the Messiah.

We need to forsake the common false notions that are taught today and embrace the full word of Yahweh, rather than just excusing away certain portions as fulfilled. If we understand fulfillment properly, we will say, "I want to keep Yahweh's word and fulfill the law, just as Yahushua did, His strength, His Spirit abiding in me.

1John 2:5 - But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of Elohim is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

When we fulfill the laws He did, it is evidence that Yahweh's law of love is perfected in us, and we are abiding in Messiah.

Listen to the words of Yahushua, what He says here--very important words.

John 15:4 - "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

John 15:5 - "I am the vine, you [are] the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

John 15:6 - "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw [them] into the fire, and they are burned.

John 15:7 - "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

John 15:8 - "By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

Don't we want to be His disciples? The word "disciple" means "one who is taught." Guess what the word "Torah" means? Teaching.

Yahushua is looking to and fro on the earth seeking the ones in whom He can abide, who are willing to abide in Him and bring forth much fruit.

When we follow the teaching Yahweh has given, when we are willing to abide in the vine, when we are willing to say "I want to walk as Yahushua walked," then we are going to be where He is. HalleluYah.

Let's be that vessel for His glory. Let's walk as Yahushua walked. Let's no longer say, "Yahushua did that for me; I don't have to." Let's say, "Yahushua did that for me. Thank you. For the times that I've failed you in that area, thank you for blessing me, Yahweh. Now I want to do it. I want to do it."

Let's be that vessel for His glory. Let's walk as He walked. Allow Him to keep Yahweh's work in us by His Spirit dwelling in us, fulfilling the Torah.

May Yahweh bless you, and may He have mercy on us all.

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