JESUS AND THE LAW - BOOK OF mATTHEW - Lesson #12
Date of Sermon: 2/25/18
Summary: The law cannot be obeyed without the Spirit of God
Key Verse: “I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:20
Bible Reading: 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.
21 "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.' 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, 'You fool!' will be liable to the hell of fire. 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. 26 Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.
I. Jesus Fulfills the Law (17-20)
A. Fulfilling the law (17)
B. The eternal nature of the law (18)
C. Obedience to law determines reward (19)
D. Obedience must exceed that of Pharisees (20)
II. Jesus Interprets the Law: Example One (21-26)
A. The law merely controls outward actions (21)
B. But it is the heart the condemns us (22)
C. Relationship with God determined by the heart (23-26)