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by Pastor Ken Silva, January 2006

(Emphasis added throughout)

“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.” (Matthew 5:17)

This is a great verse to show people that God does not change and to help all those who have the following misconception: “The so-called tribal God of Israel in the Old Testament was harsh and war-like. But Jesus somehow changes all that. Now God is all about love.”

Can you see just how subtle and deceptive the enemy is? Of course God is love (see 1 John 4:8); the truth is, He always has been. However Satan always places some lies within the Truth–a little leaven–and then mixes it all up, just as one might blend all the various ingredients of bread together. And then when this mixture is baked, the dough rises making one loaf from those ingredients. This is what the Devil has always done to God’s Word, and to what our Lord tells us about the way mankind is to live. He takes various parts of what God has said and then fiendishly blends them together with a few lies to confuse people.

The result here in America is the postmodern disdain for the subject of truth.... The enemy has sown so much confusion while the Church slept that millions of people don’t think there’s any way to know the truth. That’s odd, because Jesus said – “I Am the Truth.”  And it is written – "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).

People need to understand what Christ Jesus means by the Law and the Prophets. This is a reference to the Old Testament Scriptures and not just to the Law of Moses itself. In His time there were three sections of the Hebrew Scriptures – “the Law,” “the Prophets,” and “the Writings.” Oftentimes in Christ’s day when someone would say “the Prophets” they would also be including the Writings as well.

So what the Master is telling us here is – "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law and the Prophets; – [our Old Testament Scriptures] – I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." After all, we must remember the Bible is history, or His-story....

A Bible Study With Christ Himself

You might recall from Luke’s Gospel that following His Resurrection Jesus came to a couple of disciples who were walking along the road to Emmaus. Our Lord talks with these two for a bit, and then He begins a Bible study with them. And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself.  (Luke 24:27)...

By Luke telling us that Christ used all the Prophets we know for sure that this is a reference to both “the Prophets” and “the Writings”. Here God the Holy Spirit is letting us know that Jesus was using all of the Holy Scriptures that make up our Old Testament....

Satan... has been mounting a furious attack on God’s Word from the very beginning of his dealings with mankind. And then at the time of the so-called “Age of Enlightenment,” the Devil began to seriously blur the lines between “faith” and “reason,” as if they are mutually exclusive; as in alleging that faith is opposed to reason. Here again Satan has mixed a little lie in with the Truth to create this new batch of rancid and toxic dough, which is currently contaminating the Emergent Church movement to name one example.

You’ll also hear this flawed thinking within the messages of the false teachers in the Word Faith perversion.... Here’s a quick example from Rod Parsley. While he was delivering his “sermon” he suddenly stopped and told his audience: “You can’t listen to this next part with your reason. You gotta get this down into your spiritual man.Men and women, this is an extremely dangerous way to think – or more rightly – how not to think. Let me warn you that to suspend the use of the mind God gave you to blindly follow any professed spiritual teacher will... shipwreck your faith....

Truth has not been abolished! As Jesus tells us in the text – “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets,” because the Old Testament teachings about the character and nature of the LORD God Almighty are as valid today as when the Spirit of God wrote them through His holy prophets  ...

“My sheep know My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:27-28).

Copyright © 2006 by Ken Silva. All rights reserved.

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Other articles by Pastor Ken Silva: The Falling Away of the Evangelical Church

Behold What Manner of Love | Why Fear Reveals Love  | The Master's Sword

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