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Christ Came to Fulfill the Law

Matthew 5:17-20

Christ Came to Fulfill the Law

Matthew 5:17-20

Sermon Notes

Preacher: Jeremiah Fyffe




James 2:10

For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.

Romans 7:6

But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.

Romans 10:4

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

Romans 8:3–4

For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

A. W. Pink

The ceremonial law has not been destroyed by Christ, but the substance now fills the place of its shadows.

A. W. Pink

So far was it from being His design to repudiate the holy Law, He had become incarnate in order to work out that very righteousness it required, to make good what the Levitical institutions had foreshadowed, and to bring to pass the Messianic predictions of Israel’s seers.

Theodore Beza

Christ came not to bring any new way of righteousness and salvation into the world, but to fulfill that in deed which was shadowed by the figures of the Law: by delivering men through grace from the curse of the Law; and moreover to teach the true use of obedience which the Law appointed, and to grave in our hearts the force of obedience.

Celebration Song List


How Great Is Our God

How Great Thou Art

CONNECT Our Need for Christ

'Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus (Trust In Jesus)

COMMUNITY In the Word and Communion

I Am Satisfied In You


All I Have Is Christ

Jesus Is Better

Community Group Questions


Read Matthew 5:17-20. Verse 17 says Jesus came not to abolish the law but to fulfill it. Verse 18 repeats this idea, saying that the law would not pass away until all is accomplished. On Sunday, Jeremiah mentioned the civil, ceremonial and moral aspects of the law. How does Jesus fulfill and accomplish the law?


Read verse 20 again. Like the scribes and Pharisees we can try to apply religious rules and regulations in our home and church and workplaces, but the one place we can never fully apply the law is to the human heart. How does Jesus words in verse 20 serve as a warning for us today? (Consider also James 2.)


Consider Romans 10:4: “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” How does this idea, repeated so often in the New Testament, give us hope? Consider these words, “Righteousness is not according to works. It is not because we have exceeded the works of the pharisees. It is because Christ has exceeded our failed attempts at righteousness. It is because Christ has fulfilled and accomplished all righteousness for all who believe.”


How is this good news in a culture of individualism and personal achievement? How can we be clear to share the truth of this good news in our culture?