To fill up; to accomplish; to bring to pass; as, "that it might be fulfilled
which was spoken by Esaias the prophet." Matt. 4:14.
6. What does it mean when used with reference to law?
To perform, to keep, or to act in accordance with; as, "Bear ye one another's
burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ." Gal. 6:2. See also Matt. 3:15;
7. How did Christ treat His Father's commandments?
"I have kept My Father's commandments, and abide in His love." John
8. If one professes to abide in Christ, how ought he to walk?
"He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He
walked." 1 John 2:6.
9. What is sin?
"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the
transgression of the law." 1 John 3:4.
NOTE.-This text does not say that sin was the transgression of the law, but that it is
this, thus demonstrating that the law is still in force in the gospel dispensation.
"Whosoever" likewise shows the universality of its binding claims. Whoever of
any nation, race, or people commits sin, transgresses the law.
10. In what condition are all men?
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Rom. 3:23.
11. How many are included in the "all" who have sinned?
"What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise:
for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under
sin." Verse 9.
12. By what are all men proved guilty?
"Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who
are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty
before God." Verse 19.
NOTE.-It is what the law says, and not what one may interpret it to mean, that proves
the sinner guilty. Moreover, God is no respecter of persons, but treats Jew and Gentile
alike. Measured by the law, all the world are guilty before God.
13. Does faith in God make void the law?
"Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the
law." Verse 31.
14. What, more than all else, proves the perpetuity and immutability of the law of
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16.
"Christ died for our sins." 1 Cor. 15:3.
NOTE.-Could the law have been abolished, and sin been disposed of in this way, Christ
need not have come and died for our sins. The gift of Christ therefore, more than all
else, proves the immutability of the law of God. Christ must come and die, and satisfy the
claims of the law, or the world must perish. The law could not give way. Says Spurgeon in
his sermon on "The Perpetuity of the Law of God," "Our Lord Jesus Christ
gave a greater vindication of the law by dying because it had been broken than all the
lost can ever give by their miseries." The fact that the law is to be the standard in
the judgment is another proof of its enduring nature. See Eccl. 12:13,14; James 2: 8-12.
15. What relation does a justified person sustain to the law?
"For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law
shall be justified." Rom. 2:13.
16. Who has the promise of being blessed in his doing?
"But he that looketh into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and so continueth,
being not a hearer that forgetteth, but a doer that worketh, this man shall be
blessed in his doing." James 1:25, R. V.
17. By what may we know that we have passed from death unto life?
"We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the
brethren." 1 John 3:14.
18. And how may we know that we love the brethren?
"By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep
His commandments." 1 John 5:2.
19. What is the love of God?
"For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments." Verse 3.
20. How are those described who will be prepared for the coming of Christ?
"Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of
God, and the faith of Jesus." Rev. 14:12.