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Do the OT laws still apply?

A common argument I hear made by Christians is that the Old Testament (OT) no longer applies, that Jesus Christ (JC) “fulfilled” them. This is usually based off:

Matthew 5:17—Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

Since “fulfill” seems to be the word Christians focus on, let’s clarify the definition of the word:

fullsizerenderClearly, Christians use the 1st definition “bring to completion”, but I’m going to use a trick Christians often use & say they are not using the correct context to figure out the intended definition of “fulfill”.

Context is the idea of using surrounding words & phrases to ascertain the intended meaning of a word that has multiple definitions. If you have the right meaning of the word, the definition should almost be able to replace the word & still make sense.

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