Christ said, “Until heaven and earth pass, one jot, or one tittle, shall in no wise pass from the law, until all be fulfilled.”
Some say that this means that the law has passed, since Christ said, “I am come to fulfill.”
Even at first glance it is plain that this is not acceptable, since people had been coming to fulfill the law and the prophets for thousands of years, and when Christ will come again, he will again come to fulfill the law and the prophets.
Christ said, “Until all be fulfilled.” not, “Until part is fulfilled.” The law and the prophets speak of the end of time and of eternity, so that all will be fulfilled only when eternity is fulfilled.
In other words, one jot, or one tittle, shall never pass from the law.
And what if one jot did pass from the law? What would that affect?
Christ said that all the law hangs on the love of God, and the love of one’s neighbor. He also says that the love of one’s neighbor is the law and the prophets. So, a change in the law would mean a change in whether you should love God and your neighbor.
And if the law has passed, then the love of God, and of our neighbor, has passed.
Some say that the love of your neighbor replaces the law, but this is to make God a liar. It is to say that the law and godly love are different, and even contrary, when God says they are one and the same. God never gave a law that was contrary to love, that would be removed by love. God did not take away the law, and replace it with the law.
God says that we should love because it is the law,
and we should keep the law because it is love.
That is why he says what he says next:
“Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Because the law will never pass away, the commandments must be kept, to the extent that a person’s respect of the very least commandments of the law and the prophets is what his greatness among followers of Christ is based on.
And what he says after that shows how the idea that the law has been destroyed is a truly damnable heresy:
“For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
Will you be great in the kingdom of heaven?
Will you enter the kingdom of heaven?