ANSWERING SOME QUESTIONS
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To answer your first question regarding Jesus giving laws in the New Testament. We can find the answer to that in a few places, but we will first look at the Sermon on the Mount Matthew ch. 5-7 I wont quote the entire teaching here, but would encourage you to read the entire account.
In Matt. 5:17-19 Jesus states He came not to abolish the Law or the Prophets, but to fulfill them. He goes on to say that until heaven and earth pass away not an iota, or a dot will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Jesus even warns against relaxing his commandments. Jesus continues teaching contrasting the Law and His commands by saying "you have heard it said..." and as you read through the account notice Jesus isn't lowering the standard He is raising it.
For example Matthew 5:38-39 "You have heard that is was said. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also."
So Jesus raised the standard for those who want to follow Him. Look at each individual teaching of Jesus, did he do away with, lower, or raise the bar?
Jesus brought down the very laws of heaven, and where they are obeyed and lived out is where God's kingdom has come on earth as it is in heaven.
Now lets look at Matt. 7:21-23 Jesus says
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Lets look at the statement Jesus made at the start of the passage, "but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."
First turn to John 12:44-50 specifically vs 47,48
"If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day."
Second look at John 14:15 and John 15:1-10
"If you love me you will keep my commandments."
Verses 9-10 of John 15, Jesus says to abide in His love, then in He tells us the way we abide in His love is to keep His commandments
Now the ending of that passage Jesus says
"I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness."