Monday, February 11, 2013

One contradiction in the NASB: Did Jesus abolish the law or not?

Well in the last post, we said that NASB is the best translation for Ephesians 2:15.

We know Ephesians 2:15 says that:  
by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, (NASB)

Ephesians is given after Jesus died. But before Jesus died, he said this in 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. (NASB)

Is there a contradiction? The Lord has said he won't abolish the law, but then why is it abolished after His death? Give it some thought. Then see below.

The reason has got to do with the two words. The word "abolish" in Matthew 5:17 is katalusai (Strong's 2647) which means to destroy, to overthrow. The world "abolishing" in Ephesians 2:15 is katarg─ôsas (Strong's 2673) which means to render inoperative, to abolish. 

The Law was given at Mount Sinai (Exodus 20) after the children of Israel came out of Egypt and it has always been there before Jesus died up till now. Jesus did not destroy it or overthrow it. What the Lord did is to fulfill it by dying for us at the cross. This is because anyone who sin must die (Romans 6:23). The Lord took our place and died for us, and thus render the law inoperative in our lives. So for the believer, he is no longer under the bondages of the law, as it has been annulled by the Lord for him. But for non-believers, the law is at work in their life and the hostility (the law is against them) has not been removed (Romans 2:14-15).

Praise God we are no longer bound by the law! 

John 8 34Jesus answered them, "Most certainly I tell you, everyone who commits sin is the bondservant of sin. 35A bondservant doesn't live in the house forever. A son remains forever. 36If therefore the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.  

So in this case our best translation, NASB, from the last post isn't so good here. There is no best bible translation. Everyone has their own preference. Choose a translation you like best. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. You will be fine :).


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