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Matthew 5:17 ¶ “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”

 

What does Jesus mean? Simply He IS the fulfillment of the all that is written about Him in the Old Testament. Jesus is NOT referring to the 10 Commandments being destroyed as we will see in the context of the following 3 verses.

 

Matthew 5:18 “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”

 

Ok, what does this verse mean? The Law, 10 Commandments, will never pass away. Because God is Eternal and they are a representation of His Holy character! The Law was added to show people their need of Mercy and Redemption! Without the Law people would not know what sin represents, rebellion against a Holy God! Also we know that Heaven and Earth will NEVER pass away or be Annihilated completely! So it is not possible for the Law to be destroyed. Again the Law shows us how crooked we are and Grace comes and straitens us out! The Gospel is powerless without the Law. People do not see their need of the Gospel without the Law!

 

Matthew 5:19 “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

 

Simply put, Jesus DID NOT die on a cross so we can remain is our sins. Which by the way is breaking the Law of God! Jesus, the Prophets, Paul the Apostle, John, Peter……all taught the Value of teaching and preaching the Law. Not to give people the impression that they can work their way to Heaven but to show their NEED of Grace, which is Jesus Christ Crucified and Resurrected from the Dead! I do not want to be standing before Jesus and He say to me; “William, why didn’t you show people their need of me by the Law that I Established for that purpose.” No way do I want that. Also notice Jesus said they would both be in Heaven but it is more Glorious to God for us to Use all His Word! So many want to disregard the use of the Law. So sad. After the God Gave the 10 Commandments theses verses are written and confirmed in New Testament as well. Exodus 20:18 ¶ “And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. 19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. 20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.” Let us be called Great in the Kingdom of God by leading people to the Fullness of Holiness which will bring Glory to the Lord!

 

Matthew 5:20 “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

 

The righteousness of the scribes and pharisees were based on self exaltation. They lacked Humility which is a Requirement for receiving the Righteousness of Christ on our record. What I mean by this is simple; Jesus said, “whoever exalts himself shall be humbled but whoever Humbles themselves shall be exalted.” This is what the pharisees and scribes were missing. Humility is Agreement with God. Can anyone be saved without agreeing with God that you have sinned and need Jesus? NOPE. Our Righteousness is Found Only in Christ Jesus through Faith!

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A Question of Importance


 

 

There is a question that the Holy Spirit spoke to me about sometime back that I would like to address. Is it possible to go a full day without committing sin? First off I want to say that that question is not about our abilities or works but about who we are in Christ Jesus! We know the Bible says that when a sinner turns from their sinful ways and turns to the Works of Christ, His Crucifixion and Resurrection, as their only means of forgiveness and Eternal life through Trusting Him they will receive the Holy Spirit. By Faith in what Jesus did, His Finished work of Redemption, we are then adopted into the Family of God and become heirs of God and co-heirs of Christ. With that awesome truth I want to now address the question. Is it possible to go a full day without committing sin? Short answer is yes. Let me explain with Scripture. Galatians 5:16 “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” What did Paul just say? If we “walk” in the Spirit we will not “fulfill” the lust of the flesh (sin). I believe what the Bible says and it is clear; If we are focused on Righteousness, Christ, Holiness, the Living Word of God, we will not be focused on our flesh, sin. We always act upon what we dwell upon! We focus on sinful things we will act! If I were to say every time we “miss the mark” “fall short” “sin” is because we took our eyes off Jesus, would you question my theology or would you want to read on? I pray you read on for the icing! Listen to the following passage and see what it says concerning the topic; Hebrews 12:1 ¶ Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 4 ¶ Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.”

 

 

 

We sure haven’t resisted sin to the point of shedding blood but we should, right? Yes! Why else would the Work of Jesus be important to us if it were not possible to go a day without sin? Let us read another passage; 1John 3:5 “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

 

8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”

 

 

 

Have you been Born of God? If you have you will not and cannot remain or continue in sin! This is a powerful truth. If we do not have a Godly desire never to sin again I am certain you have not been Born of God! Everyone Born of God will have a new desire to be Holy as He is Holy! Having the Holy Spirit in us gives us the Power overcome the power of the bondage of sin. This does not mean we will never fall into sin. Rather it means we have the Spirit and Power of Christ to never be in Bondage again.

 

 

 

Conclusion of the topic can only be summarized this way; Jesus took our sin Nature and nailed it to the Cross. We died with Him and cannot be in bondage to sin any longer. We should have a Righteous conscience and not a sin conscience.

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