Follow Jesus or Paul?

i read the bible online for now, maybe later i will read the quran also. i am searching the truth, but as of now I confuse about the teaching of Paul, because seems like it contradict to the teaching of Jesus. see for example this 2 verses below.

Paul said:
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of two one new man, so making peace; ephesians 2:15

Jesus said:
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. matthew 5:17

Why did Paul said that Jesus abolished the Law? in fact Jesus said He come to fulfill it not to abolished.

Pls.help me answer this.

Thank you… and God bless

What do YOU think?

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  1. When Jesus came on the earth, He came to show men how to be in right standing with God the Father. In the Old Testament they were given many laws to follow & man was expected to follow them. When the Father realized they were having difficulty doing this (because they were trying to do it by their own strength or power), He gave them a better way – Jesus. Jesus walked the earth in constant fellowship with His Father following His every command (those that love God obey His commands), & after He left, His Holy Spirit was left for us to go to for guidance in everything, so that we too could also walk the earth like Jesus did with His Father. This was a better way because now we had Jesus’ Power (His Spirit) to help us live on the earth according to how God the Father wanted us to (through obedience to every Living Word that came out of His mouth). No longer were we trying to follow the Law by our own accords (which was unfruitful for continuous right standing with God), but now we had the Holy Spirit to fulfill the Law properly in & through us (as long as we are yielded to Him). In Ephesians 2:15, this is what Paul was speaking of – the new man we can become in His Spirit’s leading, where now we no longer have to try to fulfill the Law on our own(the enmity ), but with His Spirit inside of us – our spirit man becoming one with His Spirit (“that He from the two can create one new man” – “so making peace”- meaning peace with God & man again, instead of enmity between God & mankind).
    So, going into Matt. 5:17, I would suggest referring to verse 16 also before coming to the revelation of what Jesus was getting at in verse 17, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence & your praiseworthy, noble, & good deeds & recognize & honor & praise & glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16). The light He was speaking of was the knowledge & revelatory understanding of the Truth of God – allow it to show forth in & through you by what you say & do, according to your Father’s commands, or glory. Jesus was trying to show them to please God & not man by saying this because that’s how He was walking at the time. And by doing so, you would glorify the Father. This is what the Law & the Prophets consisted of – the revelatory understanding , knowledge, & persona of God the Father represented in the books. Jesus was saying in 5:17, that He did not come to do away with the Father’s Law or His Word, but to manifest it before them on the earth…fulfill it, all that was spoken of to come & already is. The Old Testament now had become alive before their eyes to be fulfilled & shown to be Truth – that God is true. He is the One.
    So, both Paul & Jesus were unified in what they were speaking of because Jesus spoke of how to become right with the Living God & what it meant to know Him, & Paul was confirming that to know Jesus is to become one in His character by His Holy Spirit…a new creation that is fulfilled in the Truth of God.

    • Thank you so much. As i will go on reading the bible, i know i will encounter a lot of questions, i hope you don’t get tired of answering. There is no Christian community here in Saudi Arabia, any Christian gathering here will subject to imprisonment if caught. So i rely only in the net. Thank you for all Christian people who are concern and replied on my post, i really appreciate this. God bless

    • alethesia dipsos says:

      Few things encourage my spirit more than to see a good question asked in honest desire for truth and a good answer to comfort.
      God bless you both

  2. 3chelon says:

    What Jesus was saying here was that the Pharisees and Saduccees of the that day (religious leaders) thought they were obeying the law but in reality they were so far from fulfilling the law they couldn't even see it. They could not even come close to obeying the first commandment which is 'to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' and the second 'love your neighbour as you love yourself'. Their every actions were full of pride, greed, envy and lack of love. This is true of all humans, we simply fall way short of God's commandments and cannot fulfill them.

     

    Because of this we all deserve God's just judgement and are under condemnation because whoever fails to uphold God's law is deserving of death, because the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord).

     

    So to get to the two verses you mentioned. What Jesus did (in ephesians 2:15) is He took our place of condemnation and punishment by dying on the cross for us, thereby 'abolishing in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments' that was against us. Now, Jesus did this for us because of His almighty love for us, so that by putting our faith in Him, He makes us new in our spirits (spiritually born again), and we have peace and are made right with God through faith in Him , and we can fulfill the law through the new way He has given us, through His grace, power and by the Holy Spirit He gives us, we have the capacity to fulfill the law as God intended in our lives.

     

    So you see its not contradicting itself. He indeed came to abolish the law that was against us (the condemnation of it, cause all are guilty of breaking it), and through His death on the cross provide us a new covenant, a new way that we can actually fulfill Gods law (through the law of love, which the bible say he who loves another has fulfilled the law – Romans 13:8). But we can only attain to this kind of love through the grace that Jesus provides by the sacrifice He made for us on the cross. Its only by His working and power in us and by the Holy Spirit that we can actually attain to this love in our hearts. Its impossible by our own efforts to fulfill this.

  3. Huck Finn says:

    Hi

    When Jesus was referring to the Law – He was referring to the fact that He fulled the requirements of the Law.

    Jesus Would pay the Speeding Ticket because we (who where caught speeding) didn’t have any money.

    Paul was talking about the Law in terms of Jesus already paying the speeding ticket so stop trying to pay it. And don’t speed anymore.

    If this is your first time through the bible – Go where you feel like going but you may wish to read John’s Gospel over the others as it tends to be a little more friendly to the first time reader.

    Does that make sense?
    hf

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