Over a year ago, I started seeking the Lord about a question that I did not understand. “Was the LAW abolished or not?”
Jesus clearly said ~“17“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.18“For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” (Matt.5)
The LAW and Prophets would not be abolished until they were fulfilled and heaven and earth would pass away first! The emphasis is not on each jot or tittle but on the idea that the LAW would be in effect until it was all accomplished!
Luke 16 recorded it similarly ~ 16“The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. 17“But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail.”
I was having serious dilemmas because Jesus kept linking heaven and earth passing away with the LAW being annulled but, Paul wrote about the LAW already being abolished and torn down!
“16nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified. 17“But if, while seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have also been found sinners, is Christ then a minister of sin? May it never be! 18“For if I rebuild what I have once destroyed (same word Jesus used for abolished), I prove myself to be a transgressor. 19“For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God. 20“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. 21“I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.””
Knowing these verses and understanding them makes the world of difference!
Having been taught under futurist teaching for my entire life; I was convinced that Heaven and earth weren’t going to pass away until the “end of the world” as I understood described at the end of Revelation. So, I dabbled in resurrecting parts of the LAW; like the 10 Commandments or the 4th Commandment (True Sabbath) and it was like my life was suddenly under a curse!
This may sound unbelievable to some people but, my equipment started randomly breaking, things were falling apart and I was completely confused!
Because it was like I was trying to resurrect a dead husband and marry him!
The LAW was abolished to us who have died with Christ!
The LAW is still good and holy. It has it’s purpose; for the unrighteous unbelievers. But if a born-again believer tries to resurrect themselves to the LAW or the LAW to themselves; it is like saying Christ died needlessly! It nullifies the grace of God in their life!
Romans 7 describes it like committing spiritual adultery against our Husband, Jesus. Similarly, if a person tries to divorce them self from the LAW without having been born-again (crucified with Christ) they are also committing adultery.
I am convinced that is why Luke 16 records this one lone verse immediately after saying ~
16“The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. 17“But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail.18“Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery.”
Because he immediately jumps into “The Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man” in v.19 and v.18 only makes sense if we see that Jesus was saying ~
“You can let heaven and earth pass away and allow the LAW to be abolished or you can stay married to the LAW but, you can’t have both.” Maybe I am mistaken about that but, if you read Romans 7, it sounds logical.
Jesus is our husband. The Law has been nullified and passed away to us!33“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.”
Heaven and earth passing away is once again linked to God’s Words. This time Jesus didn’t mention the LAW specifically but, if we remember that the LAW being abolished is linked to Heaven and earth passing away; we can see the shift.
It’s a contrast. The LAW was meant to pass away. Jesus’ words will not pass away.
17Therefore if anyone is in Christ,he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. (2 Cor.5)
“And the One sitting on the throne said, “Behold, I make (PIA) all things new.” And He says, “Write this, because these words are faithful and true.” (Rev.21:5) The word “make” is a Present Indicative Active and from what I have found ~ “The present tense usually denotes continuous kind of action. It shows ‘action in progress’ or ‘a state of persistence.’ When used in the indicative mood, the present tense denotes action taking place or going on in the present time.”
An example of another PIA would be the word translated “is growing” in Eph.2:21 ~ “in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord,”
What if Heaven and earth have (figuratively) passed away? The LAW is abolished in us and we ARE the new creation in which all things are new! Jesus is currently making all things new (not making all new things!) as we are currently growing into His holy temple!
Prophecies tend to be figurative and not literal. What if we have been expecting something that God hasn’t planned. Who is more likely to want to destroy the earth and everyone on it…God?…Or Satan?
Consider what David declared ~ “He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved.”
***As one last nugget for thought; consider examining the times the O.T. prophets wrote about heaven and earth shaking. Especially interesting is Isaiah 13:13, which describes Babylon being taken over by Medes (historically and Scripturally confirmed to have happened in something like the 570’s B.C.) and he describes it using similar “apocalyptic” language.