[SW384] 6/29/2019 message notes by
Pastor Susan J. Wynn ©2019
Text: Matthew 5:17, Matthew 22:34-40, Luke 24:44-49, etc.
The Lord has asked me to show you what He means by fulfillment, so you may understand why He requires what He requires of you. Why did He ask me to “connect the dots” so you could understand the fulfillment? It is not taught in most churches, because teachers cannot teach what they have not experienced.
Here are the words of Jesus Christ that I will use to connect the dots for you, so you may see the whole picture of the fulfillment —
Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.”
Matthew 22:37 And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ 38 “This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ 40 “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
Luke 24:44 Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 “You are witnesses of these things. 49 “And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
I will teach these to you, one by one. First, He did not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. He did not come to say, “None of that applies to you, now that I have come.” He came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets. There are 113 prophecies of His coming, in the Law and the Prophets, and He fulfilled every one, per Holman’s Book of Charts, Maps, and Reconstructions, and I also find others not listed in that reference book, from time to time.
But what do I mean, when I say He also came to make believers the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets? I will show you!
Fulfillment of the Law, By Believers
Jesus summarized the Law of Moses in this way, from Deuteronomy 6:5, when an expert in the Law tried to entrap Him into saying something contrary to the Law by asking what is the great commandment in the Law —
Matthew 22:37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 “This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
If you love the Lord completely and perfectly, with His perfect love, then you fulfill the greatest and foremost commandment — that is, you fulfill the commandment that makes you able to gladly obey all His commandments.
If you love Jesus Christ with His perfect love, you obey Him. If you do not love Him with His perfect love, you do not obey Him (John 14:15, 23-24).
If you love Him with His perfect love, then you will also fulfill the second commandment, to love your neighbor as yourself, with that same perfect love.
Who is your neighbor? Everyone! How do you love them? By being Christ to them, walking as He walked, and being as He is in this world (1John 2:5, 4:17).
On these two commandments, said the Lord, depend the whole Law and the Prophets. Loving the Lord with His divine love, and your neighbor with His divine love, is the foundation for the whole of the Law and Prophets.
So, when you are filled with His divine love, you fulfill the whole Law and the Prophets. How are you filled with His divine love? By obeying Jesus Christ command to be filled with His Holy Spirit, just as I have read in Luke 24:49. And He repeats His command in Acts 1:4-5.
Jesus Christ gives this command to all believers —
Matthew 5:48 “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
But you will say, “No one is perfect. How can Jesus Christ expect me to be perfect? It is impossible!” It will be for you, until you believe what He commands.
Beloved, the Lord is speaking of His perfect, divine love! When you are filled with His love, you will also unfailingly obey Him. Hallelujah!
Paul writes —
Romans 5:5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
In Luke 24:44-49, Jesus speaks of Himself as the fulfillment, and also gives you a command. If you obey Him, He will make you the fulfillment, by filling you with His Spirit and His perfect love, and it will overflow and flow from you!
Continuing in Luke 24:44-49, He said that while He was still with them, He had told them all things that are written about Him in the Law and the Prophets and the Psalms (particularly Psalms 22 and 118, but in many other places as well), and that He had come to fulfill them.
Then He opened their minds to understand the scriptures (the Old Testament), and said, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead on the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations beginning from Jerusalem.”
He said,”You are witnesses of these things.” And indeed, they were! They had seen the risen Christ. He was with them, speaking to them!
But there was only one way for them to become the fulfillment. In Luke 24:49, He gave them this command — “And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you, but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
He spoke this to those who already believed in Him and were following Him. It is the same today. Jesus Christ commands you in the same way. He commands you to be filled with the Holy Spirit, so you fulfill the promise of His Father, given in the Law and the Prophets.
Peter speaks of what happened to him, and what happens to all believers when they stay and wait for His promises from the Law and the Prophets —
2Peter 1:4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
Ah! When you are filled with the Spirit, you become partakers of God’s divine nature! Then you are His witness here (Acts 1:8), because then you are filled with His perfect love Then you fulfill the Law and the Prophets, because you are filled with the Law-Giver and His divine love!
Fulfillment of the Prophets, by Believers
When you are filled, these prophecies are fulfilled within you and through you —
Ezekiel 36:25 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
He purifies you when you are filled with the Spirit. He removes your heart of stone that sinned against Him, and gives you a heart of flesh that responds to His every whisper! Then you become the fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecy!
And the LORD promises, through Jeremiah —
Jeremiah 31:33 “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
He writes His law on your heart! And then He is your God, and there is no other. It is just as I spoke in my last message. Then you become the fulfillment of Jeremiah’s prophecy!
Malachi proclaims that the LORD will purify hearts, refining them with fire —
Malachi 3:2 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. 3 “He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi (priests) and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness.”
Peter confirms that after Cornelius and all his household were saved, they experienced another event, receiving exactly what he and the rest of the 120 received in the upper room in Acts 2 —
Acts 15:8 “And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; 9 and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing (purifying) their hearts by faith.”
When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you become the fulfillment of Malachi’s prophecy. Therefore, the Lord, Jesus Christ commands this to His church —
Acts 1:4 Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
And indeed they were, ten days later, per Acts 2:1-4. Then they became the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets, with, through, and by Christ!
As I said at the beginning of this message, the Lord asked me to speak these truths because they are not taught in the majority of churches today. But these are the truths of God! How can they leave them out? How can they proclaim that you cannot be purified? How can they claim that He cannot fill you with divine love, even to overflowing, and crucify the sin nature (Galatians 5:240 that was the root of your disobedience?
The Lord has been showing me an awful truth, beloved In today’s church, many who teach and preach and lead do not know Him. They have no intimate relationship with Him. They do not love Him, and do not obey Him. He is just a theological idea.
How can those who do not know the Lord at all (true of many seminary professors, per Drs. John Oswalt and Dennis Kinlaw), teach others to be filled with the Holy Spirit so they become the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets? And how can those who have not been filled with the Spirit teach others to be filled with the Spirit? You cannot teach what you have not become.
Beloved, the Lord called me into ministry to speak the truth to you. I exhort you to repent from rejecting the Holy Spirit by saying, “I don’t need ‘it,’” and to warn you that if you do not become what Jesus Christ commands that you become, you will be judged by Him when you stand before Him (see Matthew 25:24-30).
Therefore, repent and be filled with the Spirit, so you are able to fulfill the Law and the Prophets, as He has commanded you!
Now that you know what you are called to become, will you obey His command to stay and wait? I pray without ceasing that all believers would stay and wait!
Lord Jesus, Your Word judges the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts. Through the words You have given me to speak, may many see their hearts and repent. Amen.