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Christ Fulfills the Scriptures

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July 4, 2021 8:00 am

Christ Fulfills the Scriptures

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July 4, 2021 8:00 am

Jesus taught many things during His earthly ministry, but His greatest instructions concerned the Scriptures. Jesus taught that they carried complete authority and that all Scripture was to be fulfilled in Him. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he presents the evidence of a Savior that fulfilled both the Law and the prophets.

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Man has suggested many reasons were Christ's coming, social justice, the establishment of a Jewish kingdom, the creation of a moral code just to name a few. Someone say Jesus came to fulfill the law by keeping it perfectly, thus setting an example for the believer, but what does the Bible say about the purpose of his coming to the Bible study our radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Boyce preparing you to think and act biblically while Jesus taught many things, his greatest teachings were that Scripture carries complete authority that he came to fulfill those Scriptures join Dr. Boyce as he explains in depth the reasons Christ came to earth and how in doing so he fulfilled both the law and the prophets in his first great public utterance on Scripture.

Jesus Christ set forth two great teachings. First, he declared that Scripture is completely authoritative and second, he taught that all the Scriptures were to be fulfilled in him. Jesus said think not, but I'm come to destroy the law or the prophets. I'm not coming to destroy but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no way pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. We are now to ask in what sense did Jesus fulfill the law and what sense did he fulfill the prophets. I believe that there is only one sense in which we can say that Jesus fulfilled the law without being grossly misleading, and that is this Jesus Christ fulfilled the law by dying on the cross and thereby satisfying forever. The demands of the law against those who should believe on him all other views of Christ fulfilling the law or misleading in terms of this great purpose, even though they may be quite true in themselves. You may be asking, how could it be that something true in itself can be misleading. Well let me give you an illustration.

Suppose someone should ask you why was that the George Washington crossed the Delaware well if you're humorous you might answer it as you do.

The question about the chicken crossing the street. He costed to get to the other side. I would be true, but it would be misleading might also say the troops were restless and dispirited and they were in need of some successful action, that too would be true, but it also would be misleading.

The real reason that Washington crossed the Delaware was to get to the British troops that were in Trenton and defeat them. By this unexpected maneuver and he did it as part of a general strategy for the American war of Independence to give any other reason, even if it is true is to cloud that primary purpose is the same way in terms of Christ fulfilling the law, some teachers of said the Jesus Christ fulfilled the law by keeping it perfectly. This is true or even Scripture verses to back up the teaching, for instance, Galatians 44 says that Jesus Christ was made under the law.

When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan answered John's objection to baptizing them by saying, suffer it to be. So now, for thus it become with us to fulfill all righteousness. Other words he was stating his intention of identifying himself with man in every respect as a man perfectly to fulfill all the law of God required some commentators pointed out that Jesus also fills the law by means of his spirit in the lives of those who follow him.

Romans 84 says that God sent his son to earth. The righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit will love these points are true yet we look at these interpretations of Christ coming to fulfill the law, we are likely to miss the main purpose entirely. Because Jesus came primarily to live in us by his Spirit, not primarily to obey the law by keeping it perfectly.

Although these things are true, but to die, and in dying to cancel the claims of the law against all who should receive in the Savior. This is taught by the law itself, and if someone asked how does the law teach it.

The answer is that when the law was given.

The lamb was also given when Moses was chosen to be the lawgiver. Karen was also chosen to be the high priest in ancient Israel, the law and the sacrifices went hand-in-hand and got it arranged it that way so that when a man soon before the laws all mended constantly.

He had a means of atonement by which his guilt was canceled this innocent sacrifice pointed to the full and perfect sacrifice of Christ. I know that someone will object by saying but doesn't the Bible say that God does not desire sacrifices as in Hebrews 10 for say that it's not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins and doesn't Psalm 40 verse six, say, sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire burnt offering and sin offering has now not required.

Well yes it does will then how is it possible that these verses exist along with all of the other verses that speak of the need for sacrifices in terms that you've given to it. The answer to that problem is to be seen in the purpose for which God established the sacrifices God established them, but they were not ends in themselves that were true, we would have sacrifices today actually, they were signposts to point to the Lord Jesus Christ and God gave them in order to teach over a long period of time that sin meant death.

Either the death of the individual himself. The sinner, or else the death of an innocent substitute would be possible to say using modern terminology that God was establishing a conditioned reflex and the people, much as scientists are able to do with animals today take Pavlov as an example, Pavlov was a Russian engaged in pioneer work in the behavioral sciences and wish to demonstrate that certain physical reflexes could be built into a person nor into an animal by external conditioning. It took a dog when it was quite young, and he began to feed it under special conditions out as anyone who is work closely with animals. Knows a dog's mouth begins to produce saliva whenever food is set before him, and only then Pavlov wondered if the physical reflex could be built into the dog to salivate even when there was no food before it so we did this every time the puppy was to be fed a bill was first wrong and then the food was placed before them. The bell was rung in the food appeared the bell was rung in the food. This went on for a long time. Eventually, the day came for the test. Pavlov rang the bell as usual. But this time was no food available.

Still the dog's mouth began to produce saliva must Pavlov succeeded in showing for the first time that a natural physical reflex could be established by an external or artificial stimulus is what God was doing throughout the Old Testament. By means of the sacrifices he was building a conditioned reflex into the people so that when Jesus Christ should come, they would understand is coming when they sin, they would know that they needed to substitute just as the dog and his dog's brain would learn to recognize the sequence bill means dinner. So the people of Israel would learn to recognize the sequence sin means death. Sin means death.

Sin means death, and they would avoid their own spiritual death by means of a sacrifice on cook centuries to teach this great spiritual lesson and he did so in order that men would understand Christ's death when he was crucified, is not only true that Jesus Christ fulfilled the law.

However, the Lord Jesus also fulfilled the prophet says the verse implies only he did this in an entirely different way. When we speak of prophecy were speaking of direct statements in the Old Testament about the one who was to come to deliver Israel and redeem mankind statements the told who we would be aware he would be born what he would do, how we would suffer and what would be the ultimate outcome of his suffering. Thus, when Jesus said that he had come to fulfill the prophecy meant that he had come to fulfill the great statements that had been made about him in the Old Testament as obvious. This is a subject so large that it could never be covered adequately in any one study, much less part of one even if it were covered exhaustively. I suppose it would be the case. As John says even the world itself could not contain all the books that should be written.

Therefore, I propose to set forth briefly the prophecies that are in my opinion the major bonds in each case, however, they are passages that have already been picked up by the New Testament writers is pointing to Jesus Christ and therefore been discussed in the pages of the New Testament. What are the texts that most point to Christ coming. Well let me give you the selection. The first is Genesis 315 is the first prophecy in the Bible about the coming of Jesus Christ. And it's interesting that it was spoken not to Adam or Eve or Moses or any of the patriarchs of the profits or any other human being, but to Satan was a prophecy that the one who was to be born of a woman would be victorious over him.

Verse says I will put enmity between thee and the woman in between the vice seed and her seed and he shall bruise by head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

This verse was fulfilled at the cross of Christ which Satan succeeded in bringing about the death of the Lord Jesus, although naturally God foreordained the death of his son and brought it to pass in it which Jesus decisively defeated Satan and his power. This was one prophecy that Jesus came to earth to fulfill another is Genesis 2218. This prophecy was spoken to Abraham. The chapter in which it occurs is the chapter, the toes of Abraham's obedience and being willing to offer his son Isaac on Mount Moriah. Today we see that this event portrayed in a way that the patriarch could grasp what God would one day due with his son for the world. Salvation seeks Abraham was only called upon to offer his son when the time came for God to offer up his son. The knife that was poised above him fell. Christ tasted death for all who should call upon him. He thereby achieved their salvation out was in this context that God said to Abraham, and didn't advise see meaning Christ shall all the nations of the world. Be blessed.

Years later, the apostle Paul pointed out clearly that the seed was the Lord Jesus Christ. But the promise was one of blessing. Through him that the blessing promised was to come through Christ's great work of redemption. We turn over the pages of Genesis and come to the words so that Abraham's grandson Jacob spoken with son Judah on his deathbed all the words spoken to his 12 sons on this occasion or prophecies, but to Judah. There is a special prophecy of a ruler and the lawgiver to come. Jacob says the scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come unto him shall the gathering of the people be is no doubt.

Of course this word Shiloh is a difficult term. I've often thought and I'm at least half convinced that originally it was an active participle of the verb, Shylock, meaning the appointed wanderer, the one who is sent. This would involve the alteration of the final letter hey to a Haith which is a possibility, certainly, but not us certainty. That's only half convinced.

But whatever the case, the word does look forward to a future descendent of Judah who would be both a king and a lawgiver, and to whom the Gentile nations would be gathered once again. This prophecy was fulfilled and is still being fulfilled by the Lord Jesus, we turn to the Psalm will send their we find great prophecies for David was a prophet least according to Peter, who spoke about one of his prophecies in the day of Pentecost and David probably understood more about the significance of Christ's coming than anybody else in the Old Testament. Except possibly Isaiah. Thus, we look at the 22nd Psalm and there we find an awesome description of Christ's death by crucifixion. Someone will say to me you mean when David wrote this song with all of its colorful language. I am poured out like water. My bones are out of joint. My strength is dried up like a potsherd. They pierced my hands and my feet they parted my garments among them, and cast lots for my vesture when David wrote this Psalm that he was clearly end literally visualizing the future crucifixion of God's Messiah. I don't know. I tend to think that perhaps this was the case, but we read of other Old Testament prophecies of the ones who wrote them failed to understand. In Daniel's case.

We even have a record.

The prophet prayed to God for understanding and was told that the things he had written were not to be understood in Daniel's time but were for future age.

This may have been the case with David.

But whatever the case, this Psalm is a magnificent description of death by crucifixion the best description and all the literature for that matter, ancient or modern.

The significant thing is that it was written on the Roman era. Crucifixion was practiced or even years later by someone reflecting on what it must've been like, but a thousand years before the world had ever seen a crucifixion by David who thus by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Look forward in faith to the one who was to come. Moreover, it's not only the crucifixion that David pictured.

He also foretold the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the fact that the body of the Messiah would not decompose during the time it lay in the tomb before the resurrection.

He wrote for thou wilt not leave my sold and she all these are without permit fine holy one to see corruption. On the day of Pentecost, Peter quoted these very words to show that they had been fulfilled literally in the death and resurrection of Jesus on the final passage that I want to mention is a prophecy of Christ's coming is probably the greatest single prophecy in the Old Testament the 53rd chapter of Isaiah is great because it explains the significance of Christ's death so clearly we ask what is that significance just this, that when Jesus Christ died on the cross by crucifixion.

He died not for himself but for you he died for others must Isaiah says that he has borne our grief's, and carried our sorrows. He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed. The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. What is prophesied here is the fact that the coming one. The seed of Abraham was first mentioned. Right back in the earliest chapters of Genesis at the beginning of God's dealings with the human race that this seed was to die vicariously to die for others by which death they would be healed.

This Jesus did, thus, this prophecy among all of the others was one that he came specifically to fulfill. I wonder if you have ever asked yourself in the course of your study of the word of God. If there is a team to the Old Testament, and if so what it is. It's a question you know in which every Old Testament theologian must grapple for which a variety of answers of been given some say well the only thing you find there is historical themes.

The birth rise and development of the Hebrew nation.

Others say no. What you find in the Old Testament is primarily a record of the evolution of ideas ideas of God, man, law, justice, and so on. Still others deny that there's a unifying theme at all. What do you think you should be able to say is every Christian should say well it's true that there is an historical side to the Old Testament and that there is a development of ideas in a certain sense, this is not the theme of the Old Testament any more than if the theme of the New Testament.

The theme of the old and new Testaments is Christ Jesus Christ, for he is the one was promised who came news ministry is now recorded and interpreted for our understanding. You know what Martin Luther said on this point he noticed Ruth he wrote what purpose other than this proclamation to Scripture, handled from beginning to end, Messiah, God's son was to come in through his sacrifice as an innocent lamb of God bearer and remove the sins of the world and thus redeem man from eternal death for eternal salvation. For the sake of Messiah, God's son. Holy Scripture was written for his sake. Everything that happened to place do you believe that if you do you understand what Scripture and all life is about. You do not you are missing the point of it all in God's sight, no matter how perceptive you might be in other areas. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ is the hinge and the focal point of history and he has come to be your personal savior and your Lord. Now our father, we thank you for Christ's coming in for the fact that only the Bible but also all of history has its ultimate fulfillment in him. Help us to see more and more of him as we study the Scriptures together grant that many might come to faith in him through these broadcasts we pray in Jesus name, amen. You're listening to the Bible study hours featuring the teaching of Dr. James Boyce, the apostle Paul said that Christ is the end of the law. Sounds like a simple declaration, but is it, what did Paul mean by this short statement and what does it mean to our faith.

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