THE LAW – MATTHEW 5:17-20
January 14, 2018 – Pastor Will Clark, Family Pastor
Jesus is helps followers understand that he was not here to abolish Old Testament Law, which includes God’s promises and commands, but rather encouraging them to see these commands and promises in new light as they become a part of the Kingdom Jesus has been preaching about in His Sermon on the Mount.
17 “Do not think that I came to do away with or undo the [f]Law [of Moses] or the[writings of the] Prophets; I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For I assure you and most solemnly say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke [of the pen] will pass from the Law until all things [which it foreshadows] are accomplished.
19 So whoever breaks one of the least [important] of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least[important] in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever practices and teaches them, he will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 “For I say to you that unless your righteousness (uprightness, moral essence) is more than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
2. How would I tell my coworker, neighbor, classmate, friend, or family member how to enter the kingdom of heaven? Is my gospel presentation crystal clear in my own mind? Is it true to the Scriptures? (v.20)
3. How am I letting commands and promises of God changed my mindset that impacts my life in a way that is visible to others? If it isn’t, what this week can I do for the mindset to be evident? (v.18)
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“Christ helps us understand that the commandments are more than a command, they are a mindset.”Pastor Will Clark