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On to the New Life

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A study on Matthew 5:17-18, how Jesus came to fulfill the Law, the Writings, and the Prophets and thereby paying in full (tetelestai) all our debts on the cross and emancipating us so we can be free to follow Him and be citizens of the Kingdom of God.

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On to the New Life

  1. 1. On to the New Life Matthew 5:17-18
  2. 2. A Big Problem What did Christ do with the Law in the Sermon on the Mount?
  3. 3. To Abolish or Fulfill? “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill [or complete] them.” Matt. 5:17, NIV
  4. 4. “Law and the Prophets” In the New Testament, the term refers to the Scriptures then: The Old Testament (the Law, the Writings, and the Prophets).
  5. 5. To Fulfill or Complete
  6. 6. To Fulfill or Complete • The Law - the moral, sacrificial, dietary, financial, clerical, and festival aspects pointed to...
  7. 7. To Fulfill or Complete • The Law - the moral, sacrificial, dietary, financial, clerical, and festival aspects pointed to... • The Writings - the history of Israel pictured and pointed to...
  8. 8. To Fulfill or Complete • The Law - the moral, sacrificial, dietary, financial, clerical, and festival aspects pointed to... • The Writings - the history of Israel pictured and pointed to... • The Prophets - all prophecies pointed to...
  9. 9. Their desperate need for... the Messiah
  10. 10. The Parameters
  11. 11. The Parameters “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law
  12. 12. The Parameters #1 “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law
  13. 13. The Parameters “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished [or completed].” Matt. 5:18, NIV
  14. 14. The Parameters “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished [or completed].” #2 Matt. 5:18, NIV
  15. 15. The Parameters C O M PL ET E “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished [or completed].” #2 Matt. 5:18, NIV
  16. 16. When to change oil? A) Every 3,000 miles B) Every 3 months C) None of the above
  17. 17. Which comes first?
  18. 18. Which comes first? End of the physical universe?
  19. 19. Which comes first? End of the physical universe? OR
  20. 20. C O M PL ET E Which comes first? End of the physical universe? OR “Everything is accomplished”?
  21. 21. WHO? WHAT? HOW?
  22. 22. Not until the Kingdom After taking the cup, [Jesus] gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Luke 22:17-18, NIV
  23. 23. Later, knowing that everything had now been finished (Τετέλεσται), and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished (Τετέλεσται).” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:29-30, NIV
  24. 24. The Kingdom of God “But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” Matt. 12:28, NIV Fruit of the Vine
  25. 25. “Receipts are often introduced by the phrase [sic] tetelestai, usually written in an abbreviated manner....” The Greek-English lexicon by Moulton and Milligan, p. 630
  26. 26. “Receipts are often introduced by the phrase [sic] tetelestai, usually written in an abbreviated manner....” The Greek-English lexicon by Moulton and Milligan, p. 630
  27. 27. When he had received the drink [the fruit of the vine], Jesus said, “It is finished (Τετέλεσται).” John 19:30, NIV
  28. 28. EMANCIPATION 1863
  29. 29. The New Replaced the Old First he said, "Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them" (although the law required them to be made). Then he said, "Here I am, I have come to do your will." He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body once for all. Hebrews 10:8-10, NIV
  30. 30. Why not Old + New?
  31. 31. Principle: New Wineskin He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.” Luke 5:36-38, NIV
  32. 32. New Life As disciples of Jesus, we live the new life by His Spirit and are empowered to obey His commands.
  33. 33. Welcome to New Life in Christ There’s more next month when we learn more about this new way of life in the Kingdom of God
  34. 34. THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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