Jesus never said “I am the way, the law, and the life” because the law cannot free us while at the same time condemning us. You cannot tell a man he is free as you continue to sentence him to death.
Truth sets us free because it reconciles the law to redemption.
The law is not part of the Gospel. It’s the entire reason why the Gospel is needed.
Some have asked “Isn’t the Law the heart of the Gospel?” and “Didn’t Jesus come to fulfill the Law?”
I don’t think the Law is the heart of the Gospel. I do think it is most certainly the mirror God uses to show us our condition without Him.
I think that the heart of the Gospel is Love. Matthew 24 talks about this when Jesus says that the entire Law hinges on loving God and each other. …
The law hinges on the Gospel. Not the other way around. In fact, we could word it as such . . . the heart of the Law is the Gospel.
For without the Gospel, the Law has no heart at all.
So, I guess one could say that Christ fulfilled the Law by giving it what it lacked . . . a heart.
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