He said:“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. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5: 17-20
- What does it mean that Jesus came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets?
- Why do you think Jesus felt it necessary to tell us that he did not come to abolish the Law and the Prophets?
- How can we live out our righteousness in a way that surpasses the righteousness of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law?
- How does this passage of Scripture reconcile with Ephesians 2:8-9 which says we have been saved by grace alone and not of works?
“Lord, thank you for coming to be my savior, my righteousness! Help me to walk in your grace with my eyes focused on you and all you have done for me! Keep me away from practicing religion instead of developing my relationship with you deeper and deeper every day. Amen.”