Main point summary
Jesus upholds all of Torah until the end of the age, and we are to do the same. If we are Gentiles, we must recognize the ongoing validity of Torah, even as not all of Torah applies to us as it does to Jewish believers. Obviously, this stance may require us to revisit some traditional Christian doctrines and to carefully study what the Word says about the relevant topics. Ultimately, we must hold the Word of God above any theological traditions of man.
p “Do not think that I have come to abolish q the Law or the Prophets;
Don't think my coming has nullified Torah or the Prophets;
I have not come to abolish them
Abolishing them is NOT what I came to do
but r to fulfill them.
but I came in order to do what they require fully.
For truly, I say to you,
I say this to you as a promise
s until heaven and earth pass away,
until heaven and earth pass away
not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law
not one requirement of Torah will be removed
until all is accomplished.
until all that must come to pass in this age has happened.
t Therefore whoever relaxes u one of the least of these commandments
Therefore, those who nullify the words of Torah
and teaches others to do the same
and teach others to nullify the words of Torah
will be called least v in the kingdom of heaven,
will find their status lowered in the age to come,
but whoever does them
but those who obey Torah
and teaches them
and those who teach Torah
will be called great v in the kingdom of heaven.
will find their status raised in the age to come.
All has not been accomplished until the heavens and earth pass away - so Torah cannot pass away yet.
Teachers are called to a higher standard (James 3:1) .
Jesus came to uphold the Law and Prophets, and he came to do this because it is required to fulfill their very words. He ties their existence to this present age.
Because Jesus upholds Torah, his disciples must also do this. Jewish disciples of Jesus are called to follow Torah. Gentile disciples are called to observe Torah according to the ruling made in Acts 15.
Torah continues to be fully relevant during this present age, even in the inaugurated New Covenant. It stands because God's word stands forever (Isaiah 40:8). It also stands because it contains commandments whose ongoing existence are required to fulfill all that must be accomplished in this age. Jesus could not have made a stronger statement about the ongoing validity of Torah in its entirety. Those who wish to claim he "fulfilled" the law, thus rendering it obsolete, even in part, do damage to his words in this passage.