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Jesus, Paul And All Of The Apostles Taught Obedience To The Law Of God

There were times in the gospels when Jesus was not very clear and even today we read some of His sayings and we debate endlessly about what they could mean.

There were other times when Jesus took His time to be exceedingly clear, and we find one of those moments in Matthew 5:17-19.....

"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. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven."

Now could this be any clearer?

Jesus says that anyone who breaks the commandments and teaches others to do the same "will be called least" in the kingdom of heaven.

Oh, but Paul said not to keep the Law?

When then did he keep it?

Acts 25:8

Then Paul made his defense: "I have done nothing wrong against the law of the Jews or against the temple or against Caesar."

Acts 21:20-24

When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: "You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the law. They have been informed that you teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or live according to our customs. What shall we do? They will certainly hear that you have come, so do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a vow. Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved. Then everybody will know there is no truth in these reports about you, but that you yourself are living in obedience to the law.

Romans 3:28-31

For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.

So was Paul a hypocrite?

No, he lived what he believed.

He preached salvation through Christ alone.

He preached obedience to God's commandments.

He lived them both.

So did all of the early Christians.

Why were we all never taught these things in church?

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