The Law: It is Not Abolished

And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail. (Luke 16:17 NKJV)

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 5:18 NKJV)

The word jot in this verse was actually translated from the Greek word iota, which is the small letter of the Greek alphabet. The Hebrew equivalent would be yod. The word tittle refers to the smallest stroke in a Hebrew letter. We see, from the above verses, the law was not completely done away with. These verses show us that not even the smallest part of the law has been abolished. The scripture says that all must be fulfilled.

So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. (Colossians 2:16, 17 NKJV)

The law was (and is) a shadow (Greek Word: skia) of things to come. It was an adumbration (foreshadow, prefigure, faint image or resemblance, outline, sketch). In simple terms, the law was a faint image of Christ. You must remember, Christ existed at creation and His coming onto the earth was not only prophesied in the Old Testament, but it was also foreshadowed.

Jesus

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:1-3 NKJV)

See also 1 Peter 1:20

Above, you see that not only was Jesus present, but all things were made through Him. Therefore, the law was made through Him as well (Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16, 17). Don’t look at Christ’s entrance into the world in the form of a man as His beginning. According to scripture, this is not the case.

Christ in the Law

A sin offering was presented if a person, priest, congregation, or ruler sinned “unintentionally against any of the commandments of the Lord” (Leviticus 4:2-3,13,22,27). Depending on the circumstances, a bull, goat, or lamb was presented. Blood was brought to the Tabernacle of Meeting and sprinkled in front of the veil, on the horns of the altar, on the base of the altar, or on and before the mercy seat located behind the veil {this was done once a year on the Day of Atonement in the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar (Leviticus 16:15).

Under the New Covenant, Jesus has become the sacrifice as the Lamb of God, and has shed His blood as a final sin offering {a foreshadowing of this can also be seen in Exodus 12:1-28}.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29 NKJV)

…whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed… (Romans 3:25 NKJV)

The word propitiation actually means mercy seat. With this in mind, you can see the correlation between Romans 3:25 and the sin offering. Jesus was the final offering for sin. His sacrifice removed the veil (Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45) from the Tabernacle and made the Holy of Holies accessible to all by grace through faith. For this reason, animal sacrifice is no longer necessary because Jesus shed His blood to free us from sin once and for all.

Stay tuned as I discuss this topic further, specifically what this means for the Believer.

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