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XIII. HISTORY OF THE SEPTUAGINT

Ptolemy II the King of Egypt was building a library in Alexandria by collecting books from the four corners of the earth. He came across a sacred Hebrew text of the Torah and brought 70 wise men who were schooled in both the Hebrew and Greek languages. After if was written, the king noticed that the translations of the 70 were consistent and did not contradict each other, and were in complete agreement. He realized that this translation was divinely done.

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XLIII. HE CONCLUDES THAT THE LAW HAD AN END IN CHRIST, WHO WAS BORN OF THE VIRGIN

Christ is the end of doing the Torah in the letter, the literal, no longer a physical circumcision but a spiritual one, no longer a physical sabbath but a spiritual. Justin Martyr explains how even the Jews tried to alter scriptures that had to do with the prophecies of Christ. The letter of the law was given to the people because of the hardness of their heart, walking in the letter will not bring holiness or righteousness. We are to follow the spiritual and eternal decrees.

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XVII. THE MOSAIC LAW THE FOUNTAIN OF ALL ETHICS, AND THE SOURCE FROM WHICH THE GREEKS DREW THEIRS.

We see here Clement describing the law and explaining the attributes of the law compared to the human character and the character we are supposed to adopt being believers of the divine God Yahweh. We see a clear distinction of the love and how we are to love one another and how important the commandments are to help us birth the Virtues of Christ.

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XII. IT CLEARLY APPEARS THAT THERE WAS BUT ONE AUTHOR OF BOTH THE OLD AND NEW LAW.

To “fulfill the law” is widely misunderstood among most modern believers. However, the fulfillment of the law is love, and love is the obedience to the commandments. The Pharisees added their own traditions and doctrines. When Yahushua rebuked the Pharisees for following the doctrines of man, He was not referring to Moses. The precepts and commandments are the same in the Old and New Testament. Examples of Yahushua and Paul establishing them is proof.

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XIV. IF GOD DEMANDS OBEDIENCE FROM MAN, IT WAS MERELY FOR MAN’S WELFARE.

God’s provision has continued through all the ages for man through everything spoken to mankind which has always been Torah that would form us into His image. God doesn’t need anyone to serve him, but he grants eternal life who does so out of their free will. God doesn’t need anything from us, He has communion with humans for their benefit, not his. He gave the Torah to teach us who are prone to idol worship to serve God. The idols are the things of the letter, the carnal, the temporal, however we are to serve Him by making our focus on the eternal and spirit realm that is in His Word.

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XIII. CHRIST DID NOT ABROGATE THE NATURAL PRECEPTS OF THE LAW, BUT RATHER FULFILLED AND EXTENDED THEM.

The meaning to “fulfill the law” is thus explained as not doing away with it but exceeding its very nature to a higher level than what the Pharisees were walking out. The Heretic Marcion taught that Yahushua came to do away with the law, which was a grievous error that robs saints of immortality. The natural law (or the letter) were for the slaves, but out of our own free will we become friends of Yahweh by wanting to walk what Yahushua taught, which was to walk out a higher level of obedience out of our love for Yahweh of his commandments.