The design of Christ, in conformity to the language of the Jews, is to declare that no part of the law, not one of the least commandments in it, Matthew 5: 18; as He explains himself in the next verse should be unaccomplished, but all should be fulfilled before ” heaven and earth pass “; as they will, with a great noise and fervent heat, as to their present form and condition; or sooner shall they pass away, then the least part of the law shall:
- which expresses the perpetuity of the law. This is a nail fastened by the master of assemblies in a” sure place ” and it is a clear proof that the mission of Jesus Christ wasn’t to destroy. But to ” magnify the law and make it honorable “ – Isaiah 42: 21. In the book of Matthew 22: 37-39, Jesus teaches that on two (2) precepts ” The love of God & the love of our neighbor “, hang all the law and the prophets. These two great commandments from their nature can never cease to exist. Consequently, the law and the prophets, which hang on them, can never fall- can never be abolished – James 2: 8-10.
- and the impossibility of it passing away, and the superior excellency of it to the heavens and the earth. 1 Corinthians 2:1 ” When I came to you, brothers, I didn’t come with excellence of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. “ Christ in his person, and offices, and sufferings, is the sum and substance of the gospel and ought to be the great subject of a gospel minister’s preaching. But not as to leave out other parts of God’s revealed truth and will.Perhaps, in the book of Hebrews 8: 7-13, God once wrote his laws to his people; now he will write his laws in them; he will give them understanding to know and to believe his laws; he will give them memories to retain them; he will give them hearts to love them, courage to profess them, and power to put them in practice.
- This is the foundation of the Covenant; and when this is laid, duty will be done wisely, sincerely, readily, easily, resolutely, constantly, and with comfort. A plentiful outpouring of the Spirit of God will make the ministration of the gospel so effectual, that there shall be a mighty increase and spreading of Christian knowledge in persons of all sorts.