The Old Testament is Forever the Guidance for Salvation
What did Jesus fulfill in the Torah (Old Testament)
JesussaidthathedidnotcometoloosenorabolishtheLawbutthatHecametofulfill.Whatisfulfillable(broughtto actuality, made real) in the Law (the Torah), of which one dot on the ‘i’ may not be deprecated? AtthebirthoftheApostolicfoundationalChristianity,theApostlesdebatedthequestionrelatingtothenewconverts toChristianityvisavisJudaismasitwaspractisedinJerusalem.TheApostlesmusthavebeenawareofthestanceof Isaiah56regardingwhataconverttoJudaismhastocomplywithintheTorah,whichbasicallywaseverything.But,in thetimeofJesus,theApostlesknewthatthedaysofJudaisminIsraelwerecountingdowntothedemiseofthe country,asprophesiedbyJesus.Thus,whatdidtheydecidefortheGentilestodointheconfusioncreatedbythe Apostolic evangelism with established Judaism? We read their decision in Acts 15 ( a lot of reading, sorry):Acts 15:1-31 RVAnd certain men came down from Judaea and taught the brethren, saying, Except ye be circumcised after the custom of Moses, ye cannot be saved. (2) And when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and questioning with them, the brethren appointed that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question. (3) They therefore, being brought on their way by the church, passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren. (4) And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church and the apostles and the elders, and they rehearsed all things that God had done with them. (5) But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees who believed, saying, It is needful to circumcise them, and to charge them to keep the law of Moses. (6) And the apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider of this matter. (7) And when there had been much questioning, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. (8) And God, which knoweth the heart, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; (9) and he made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. (10) Now therefore why tempt ye God, that ye should put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? (11) But we believe that we shall be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in like manner as they. (12) And all the multitude kept silence; and they hearkened unto Barnabas and Paul rehearsing what signs and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them. (13) And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Brethren, hearken unto me: (14)Symeon hath rehearsed how first God did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. (15) And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, (16) After these things I will return, And I will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen; And I will build again the ruins thereof, And I will set it up: (17) That the residue of men may seek after the Lord, And all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, (18) Saith the Lord, who maketh these things known from the beginning of the world. (19)Wherefore my judgment is, that we trouble not them which from among the Gentiles turn to God; (20)but that we write unto them, that they abstain from the pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from what is strangled, and from blood. (21)For Moses from generations of old hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath. (22) Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men out of their company, and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren: (23) and they wrote thus by them, The apostles and the elder brethren unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greeting: (24) Forasmuch as we have heard that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls; to whom we gave no commandment; (25) it seemed good unto us, having come to one accord, to choose out men and send them unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, (26) men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (27) We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who themselves also shall tell you the same things by word of mouth. (28) For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; (29) that ye abstain from things sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication; from which if ye keep yourselves, it shall be well with you. Fare ye well. (30) So they, when they were dismissed, came down to Antioch; and having gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle. (31) And when they had read it, they rejoiced for the consolation.Inverse20,wereadabouttheconsensusthataddressedthestatusquoofthatsocietyatthattime:idolatry, fornication,notforbiddancetoeatmeatasitismostlytaughttoday,buttoeatmeatwhileavoidingthemeatwhich hasnobloodinit.ThatisstillGenesis9:4oftheTorahinforceatthebirthofApostolicChristianity.Sincewewantto beApostolicfoundationalChristians,wesubscribetotheteachingsoftheApostleswhowerechargedtoteachus everything Jesus taught them (Matthew 28:20). DidtheApostlesdecreethattheGentilesshouldonlyfollowtheforbiddanceofidolatry,fornication,abstentionfrom eatingbloodwhileignoringtherestoftheTorah?Thatcouldnothavebeentheirintentionsincetheyreportedthat theTorahmaynotchangeinnoway.Besides,theypointoutinverse21thattheyalreadyarewellversedinMoses (theLaworTorah)asMoseshasbeen‘readinthesynagogueseverysabbath’.Thesynagoguesdidnothavethe venuetofullycomplyalltheordinancesofJudaismwhichrequirethepriesthoodsysteminconjunctionwiththe existenceoftheTemple.Therefore,theGentileswhoconvertedtoJudaismwerenotinvolvedinperformingthedaily riteswhichweretobecarriedinsidetheTempleandofficiatedbyaPriest.Paulevenbroadlydiscoursedonthe abolitionofcircumcisionwhichtouscouldhavebeencarriedoutanywheresinceGodwasprettyadamantaboutthe practice (Exodus 12:48, Leviticus 12:1-8) as we read in Ezekiel 44:9:Ezekiel 44:9 LITV SosaystheLordJehovah:Nosonofanalien,uncircumcisedofheartanduncircumcisedofflesh,shallenterinto My sanctuary, or any son of an alien who is among the sons of Israel.Nowweknowthattheydecidedagainstthecircumcisionbecause,inpart,thedemiseoftheTempleortheSanctuary was imminent. Still, what was fulfilled in the Torah?AsApostolicfoundationalChristians,weknowfromtheApostlesthatJesuswastheactualLambthattheceremonial servicesintheTempleforeshadowedandthatthereisnoneedfortheceremonialre-enactmentofwhatJesushad alreadyfulfilledasthetrueLamb.However,therearethosebelieverswhostillwanttogetcircumcised,tokeepthe feastsoftheOldTestament.ItisthosethingsthathadbeenfulfilledbyJesus.Asarule,anythingintheTorah(the Law)thatcallforanofferinginvolvingananimalisnolongerbindingbecauseJesusisoursacrificeandbecausethere isnoTempleorpriesthoodtoofficiateoverthosesacrificialordinances.Remember,onthelineofthePriestsare qualifiedtoofficiateoverceremonialactivities,noothertribes.ThatiswhyinthatspiritthatyoudonotseeApostle Paul enjoining the Christians to pay tithes so he could ave used the money to help others in need. Forexample,noChristiansareallowedtokeeptheFeasts,excepttheSabbath,enumeratedinLeviticus23becauseof themandatedsacrificesorceremonialofferingsthataPriestmustofficiate.TheSabbathisstillbindingbecauseit wasinstitutedattheCreationandalso,inLeviticus23,therearenoceremonialordinancesassociatedwiththe seventh day keeping as a weekly feast, in contrast to the other Sabbaths mentioned in the chapter.WhatdidJesusfulfillintheTorahthatisnolongerrequiredofustoobserve?Anythingthatinvolvesthe officiating of a Priest, an offering, or a sacrifice at the Temple.ThereisonlyoneordinancethatJesusinstitutedforustokeepasafeastinadditiontotheSabbathinLuke22:19-20, which Paul expounded upon.1 Corinthians 11:23-30 LITV (23)ForIreceivedfromtheLordwhatIalsodeliveredtoyou,thattheLordJesusinthenightinwhichHewasbetrayed tookbread;(24)andgivingthanks,Hebrokeandsaid,Take,eat;thisisMybodywhichisbrokenonbehalfofyou;this doinremembranceofMe.(25)Inthesamewaythecupalso,aftersupping,saying,ThiscupistheNewCovenantinMy blood;asoftenasyoudrink,dothisinremembranceofMe.SeeLuke22:19,20(26)Forasoftenasyoumayeatthis bread,anddrinkthiscup,yousolemnlyproclaimthedeathoftheLord,untilHeshallcome.(27)Sothatwhoevershould eatthisbread,ordrinkthecupoftheLord,unworthily,thatonewillbeguiltyofthebodyandofthebloodoftheLord.(28)Butletamanexaminehimself,andsolethimeatofthebread,andlethimdrinkofthecup;(29)forheeatingand drinkingunworthilyeatsanddrinksjudgmenttohimself,notdiscerningthebodyoftheLord.(30)Forthisreasonmany among you are weak and feeble, and many sleep.
Matthew 5:17-18 RV
(17) Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfill.(18) For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law, till all things be accomplished.