Come thou fount of every blessing (j)
Praise the Lord, his glories show
Christ, whose glories fills the skies (j)
Breathe on me breath of God
How shall the young direct their ways
Have thine own way Lord
Sing we to our God above (204:4)
Matthew 5: 17-20
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Doesn't matter because Jesus said he fulfilled the law.
does matter because we must live it better than the Pharisees.
They don't see that what Jesus said was bigger than what both views hold to.
Jesus was a teacher with authority. Most rabbis taught what greater rabbis taught. They wouldn't spent time with women and children and avoided sinners like the plague. Jesus spent time with all kinds of people.
Jesus clearly states that he didn't come to abolish the law but to fulfill it. See where John the Baptist need to baptize Christ.
The zeal of the Jewish to follow the law to form a righteousness of their own. They didn't see Christ as the fulfillment of the law. They wanted to be so good that God would have to treat them well. They failed to see the faith aspect of fulfilling the law and the prophets.
Where should the law have its place in our lives? The lives of believers?
The greatness of a person is seen how they live the law and teach others to follow it.
We need to remember that the law is a matter of our hearts..... what comes out of our hearts shows what is in them.
Entrance into heaven.....Christ is the entrance.
People looked at the scribes and Pharisees as being the ultimate law-keepers. They were meticulous.
And our righteousness must be greater than that.... this means we would be in trouble as how does any one surpass that?
Jesus wants us to see the need for a change on the inside.
The law needs to mark us from the inside out.
The spirit of Christ within us helps us to have a zeal for the law that surpasses that of the Pharisees.
It shows us the need for Christ within us.
God's power within us brings us into the kingdom of God. This is what marks us as a disciple.
It is a struggle to obey the law of God....it gives us a place to go for help. A prayer to God to change our hearts.