I believe that loving others is clearly his understanding of the spirit of the law.
Paul makes this even clearer in Romans 13: “The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor.
Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13:9-10 NIV).
(Note: it seems that love is often misunderstood; see my explanation of the kind of love being discussed here.) With this understanding of context, how do we understand what Jesus says regarding divorce?
Luke He went down with them [the 12 apostles] and stood on a level place.
You can’t use legal cover to mask a moral failure.” * In the first century, marriage was significantly different than it is today. About the only options they had for supporting themselves were either to be a part of a household (by marrying again) or prostitution.
I believe it could be reinterpreted like this: “Don’t believe you have fulfilled the law simply because you give your wife a certificate when you divorce her.
No, you aren’t fulfilling the law when you get a divorce unless you have a really good reason.” The Message also makes the intent of this passage clear: “Remember the Scripture that says, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him do it legally, giving her divorce papers and her legal rights’?
For example, the religious would say that they have fulfilled the requirements of law and are therefore righteous if they haven’t murdered or committed adultery.
Jesus disagrees with this, saying that you have fulfilled the requirements of the law and are therefore not righteous if you harbor anger or lust towards others, even if you haven’t murdered or committed adultery.