Contract Fulfilled

by Ronald W. Robey

Covenant:  A Contract that brings about a relationship of commitment between two parties.

In rhe first part of Matthew 5:17, Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to abolish the Law or the Prophets.”  Many tither’s, will quote this and then will go into a tirade that basically says, “See, the tithe has not been abolished and must be paid.”

These people fail to understand the last part of Matthew 5:17, which says, “but to fulfil.”

The Law was part of the Old Covenant.  Jesus came to fulfil the Law.  Anyone who has entered into a Covenant knows that once a Covenant is fulfilled, it is no longer binding.

Example: You go to a car dealership in hopes of purchasing a car.  In order to acquire the car, you enter a Covenant with the Dealership to make payments of $259 dollars a month for 5 years.  When you fulfil the Covenant you entered, the Dealership gives you the title to your car.  When the Covenant has been fulfilled and the title is legally in your possession, you do not continue to send the Dealership payments of $259.  Why not?  Because, with the Covenant being fulfilled, you are no longer obligated to make payments to the Dealership.

It is the same with the command to tithe.  It was a commitment written in the Old Covenant.  Jesus Himself said that He came to fulfil the commandments.  Was Jesus lying when He said He came to fulfil?

Not at all!  We have many texts that reveal that Jesus completed the task He came to do.  One such example can be found in John 19:30, which records the words of Jesus Christ in His final hour on the cross, saying: “It is finished.”

We also have the words of His servant Paul in Ephesians 2:14-15 & Colossians 2:14.  In these two texts, we read that Jesus took the ordinances and nailed them to His cross.  He abolished the commandments through His flesh.

The Covenant was fulfilled.  There is no more a command or obligation to tithe.