Doc. of Lord (Dick) n. 11

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11. By the Lord's fulfilling all things of the Law is meant that He fulfilled all things of the Word. This is evident from the passages where it is said that the Scripture was fulfilled by Him, and that all things were finished; as from the following passages:

Jesus went into the Synagogue . . . and stood up to read. And there was delivered unto Him the Book of the Prophet Esaias; and He opened the Book, and found the place where it was written, The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and sight to the blind ... To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Then He closed the Book ... and said, This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears. Luke iv 16-21.

Search, the Scriptures and they testify of me. John v 39.

That the Scripture might be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. John xiii 18.

None of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the Scripture might be fulfilled. John xvii 12.

That the saying might be fulfilled which He spake, Of those whom thou gavest me have I lost none. John xviii 9.

Jesus said to Peter, Put up again thy sword into his place... How then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? All this was done that the Scriptures of the Prophets might be fulfilled. Matt. xxvi 52, 54, 56

The Son of Man goeth, as it is written of Him ... that the Scriptures may be fulfilled. Mark xiv 21, 49.

Thus was the Scripture fulfilled which said, He was numbered with the transgressors. Mark xv 28; Luke xxii 37.

That the Scripture might be fulfilled, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. John xix 24.

After this Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. John xix 28.

When Jesus had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished, that is, It is fulfilled. John xix 30.

These things were done that the Scripture might be fulfilled, A bone of Him shall ye not break. And again, another Scripture saith, They shall look on Him whom they pierced. John xix 36, 37.

There are other places besides, where passages from the Prophets are adduced, and where it is not said at the same time that the Law, or the Scriptures, was fulfilled. Before He departed the Lord also taught His disciples that the whole of the Word was written concerning Him, and that He came into the world to fulfil it. This is evident from these words:

Addressing the disciples Jesus said, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all things that the Prophets have spoken! Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory? And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. Luke xxiv 25-27.

Further, Jesus said to the disciples, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses, and in the Prophets, and in the Psalms, concerning me. Luke xxiv 44.

The Lord whilst in the world fulfilled all things of the Word, even to its most particular things. This is evident from His own words:

Verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled. Matt. v 18.

From these passages it may now be clearly seen, that by the Lord's fulfilling all things of the Law, is not meant that He fulfilled all the commandments of the Decalogue, but that He fulfilled all things of the Word.

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