The law…

Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. Therefore whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven. I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and the Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Matt. 5:17-20

Let's break this section down into three parts.

1) Fulfilment of the Law: To be our righteousness, Jesus had to be sinless. Only God could accomplish this, and only man could benefit from it. Jesus had to be 100% God to pull it off and 100% man for the human race to be redeemed. That is why in Heb. 10:4 scripture tells us, the blood of bulls and goats are not adequate to take away humanities sins.

2) Whoever breaks one of these least commandments: Which commandments is He refering to? The beatitudes before or the law of Moses He is about to explain? It doesn't matter, they are all to be kept. They are also to be taught correctly, so others can live by the truth. Remember James 3:1.

3) Your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees: In a nut shell, the scribes and Pharisees were self-righteous. They went through the motions of religious rituals, thanking God that they were better than everyone else. The motivation of their heart was receiving the praise of men, rather than pleasing God. They had not accepted God's mercy and therefore couldn't show mercy.

Once more I will make the point that if we miss the point of the first beatitude, we'll miss the rest of the message. Blessed are the poor in spirit, we must realize who we are before the Holy and Righteous God and live according to His commands.


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