Law consumated in Gospel

Marshall:  “The law limited revenge to “an eye for an eye”; Jesus leaves that limit standing but insists that people should not take revenge at all and in that situation the law would be superfluous. The law forbade adultery; once again that law remains in force, but if people were to overcome lustful desires, the law would not be necessary. Where the law commanded love to neighbors, Jesus extended it to love to enemies. The whole law can be said to hang on the two great commandments to love God and your neighbor and your enemy. Thus the law is both internalized and radicalized. It is not abolished … Rather … the law is taken up into a new expression of the will of God as taught by Jesus, and at the end of the Gospel the disciples are to teach people “to obey everything that I have commanded you” – with no mention of the law.”


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