Did Jesus abolish the Law; after all, He told the young ruler to “keep the Commandments?”
A Christian’s explanation,
You must remember that the young man and Jesus were under Law; the Law was the focus of the prevailing covenant and Jews, Israelite’s, converts to Judaism, labored under Law in self-righteousness hoping to attain God’s favor but always fell short of the Law’s mandated perfection (Deuteronomy 27:26). The young man approached Jesus asking “what shall I do to have eternal life?” (Matthew 19:16) and in response to the self-righteous intent of the inquiry, under Law, Jesus said “keep the Commandments.” What other response is expected from a Jewish Rabbi under Law? Jesus provided the young man the opportunity to find life through “faith” no less than twice as from The Beginning mankind has found righteousness (a right standing) with God by faith, not works-obedience-law keeping (Hebrews 11).
The examples of “faith” apart from works as Key to God’s heart are undeniably redundant in the Hebrew Scriptures yet those under the Covenant of Law missed or outright denied this most critical eternal truth by pursuing righteousness through Law via self-righteousness, pride, arrogance, self-sufficient superiority through religious heritage.
Jewish, religious, cult, duplicity…an eternal error…
The young man, much like most every Jew, Israelite, SDA cult member, Hebrew Roots disciple, religionist, that comment in these forums, they believe in the veracity of the Law to save though many will boast that they’re faithful and Jesus is the Way but in reality, they’re conflicted, they’re compromised, they’re miserable, they’re failures, as they place one-foot in the Old Covenant of Law and one-foot in the New Covenant of Grace because they simply cannot find sufficient faith to let it go, to let go of self-righteousness through law keeping (Galatians 3) and allow the complete sufficiency of God’s grace (unmerited favor unattainable through human effort – a gift) through faith (trusting-believing) in Jesus as Lord who died for them to provide complete absolution from sin and guilt and Hell, forever, and by covenant promise (Epheians 1:13-14) allow the Holy Spirit to be their Law through the conscience via sanctification.
The moral law will NEVER pass away…
Once again, ad nauseam, the moral law of God, extant from eternity past, will NEVER pass away (Matthew 24:35) as it is an arbiter of free will and the moral law is of necessity to stymie human extinction in narcissism and as an arbiter of God’s justice through due process. Jesus never said the law was abolished but He, Himself, would fulfill it in all righteousness (Matthew 5:17) and that HIS righteousness in exchange for our sin would be available by faith to everyone who “believes” in Him as Lord (2 Corinthians 5:21; Matthew 26:28)…those who “believe” would NOT be judged (John 3:18) and that He is the only Way to life with the Father (John 14:6); this, apart from the Law of sin and death and condemnation i.e. hopelessness (Romans 8:2).