8. II . BY THE LORD'S FULFILLING ALL THINGS OF THE LAW IS MEANT, THAT HE FULFILLED ALL THINGS OF THE WORD
It is believed by many at this day that when it is said of the Lord that He fulfilled the Law, the meaning is, that He fulfilled all the commandments of the Decalogue, and thus became Righteousness; and that He also justified men in the world through faith in this achievement. Nevertheless, this is not what is meant; but the meaning is that He fulfilled all the things that are written concerning Him in the Law and the Prophets, that is, in the whole Sacred Scripture; because this treats of Him alone, as was said in the previous chapter. The reason why many have entertained a different belief is, because they have not searched the Scripture and seen what is there meant by the Law. By the Law are there meant,
1. In a restricted sense, the Ten Commandments of the Decalogue;
2. In a wider sense, all things that were written by Moses in his five Books;
3. And in the widest sense, all things of the Word.
1. BY THE LAW, IN A RESTRICTED SENSE, ARE MEANT THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF THE DECALOGUE. This is generally known.