Just read this retort. He was responding to a person who argued that Paul said (Romans 7:4-6) we are no longer under the Law.
“What does the SON of GOD say about the LAW esteemed brother? 😊 I believe in what the SON of GOD says about the LAW; I WOULD RATHER MAKE REFERENCE TO WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT THE LAW THAN PAUL!!! 😀
PAUL IS NEVER S MESSAIAH NOR AN AUTHORITY ON WHAT THE LAW SAYS, – BUT THE SON OF GOD HAS THE SOLE AUTHORITY ON WHAT THE LAW SAYS AND ITS INTENT.
THAT S WHY I M ASKING YOU; WHICH IS MORE SIGNIFICANT TO YOU, – THE WORD OF THE SON OF GOD OR THAT OF PAUL? 😀🌿😆🌿😄”
This is also the frequent argument of the Hebrews Root Movement.
However is that true? Did Jesus say the Law will not end?
Let’s look at what Paul said.
1. Paul was taught by Jesus personally.
I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.
Paul unlike the rest of the apostles was taught by the resurrected Christ.
2. Paul was accepted by the rest of the apostles.
Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days.
They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.”
For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the circumcised, was also at work in me as an apostle to the Gentiles. James, Cephas and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised.
3. Paul had the boldness even to rebuke Peter.
When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.
This is what he said.
When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew.
How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?
“We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.
So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.
“But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin?
Absolutely not! If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker.
“For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.
Now let’s look at Paul’s visit to Jerusalem.
Certain people came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the believers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.” This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question.
4. In other words, this issue was deliberated in front of all the elders and believers in the council of Antioch.
The apostles and elders met to consider this question. After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe.
Now read this.
Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear? No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”
So this was a collective decision of an early church. It’s not Paul’s.
Now what did Jesus say?
1. The old covenant was until John. In other words the Law and that system with end with John.
“The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John.”
2. The Law will end with the temple.
For truly I tell you, 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.
Note Jesus said the Law will disappear when everything is accomplished.
In the previous verse he said:
The Fulfillment of the Law
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to FULFIL them.
So you see there is an expiry period of the Law. When “heaven and earth” disappears.
This is clearly explained in Matthew 24 when he said “Heaven and earth will disappear but my words will not” right after he told his apostles not a stone will be left unturned.
So what Jesus was saying is this. The Law will disappear when the Temple is destroyed.
This is also Paul’s message.
3. Jesus constantly did things against the Law.
He healed on Sabbath. He touched lepers. He touched dead people. He will dine with Gentiles.
It’s actually pure ignorance to say Paul’s message is not from Jesus.