- Matthew 5:16-20
- Mat 5:16 (KJB)
- Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
- Not only does the believer proclaim the Gospel verbally, there has to be
an action on the part of the believers confirming their belief in what they
preach. (James 2:17 KJV) Even so faith, if it hath not works, is
dead, being alone. How can we show that we believe
our own Gospel if we do nothing to act upon the very words we bring to
others. If we lack any works, then we are touting a dead Gospel.
(Eph 2:10 KJV) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good
works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
When we have become saved, God has already prepared some types of works for
us. Whatever He prepares for the believer, He will empower them to do it.
History is replete with the works of true Christians who have had an impact
upon the world. Companies such as Welch’s Grape Juice, Tyson Foods, Chick
Fil-A, Interstate Batteries, Palmolive, Service Master, George Foreman
Cooking, Curves, are businesses that have been started by Christians and are
run with a biblical view. We need to mention but unable to list the many
hospitals that have been started by Christians. I will mention just one. It
was the hospital started by Dr. Ida Scudder in 1918 called “The Christian
Medical College and Hospital.” As a result of her step of faith, hundreds of
physicians and medical personnel have been trained.
- Missionaries went to other countries and immediately starting helping
the people where they were. There are also many good works which Christians
have done throughout the ages which will never be known but has brought
glory to God. You see, when we trust the Lord and seek those works which He
has for us, then people in this world, both believers and unbelievers, will
bring glory to God. Another good work which Christians have partaken in is
the founding of rescue missions. Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, Illinois
has been active since September 15, 1877. It was started by Sarah Dunn and
soon after she married Colonel George Clark and he too joined her in this
venture. Their step of faith has caused thousands to be saved and has
glorified God and the salvation He brings. So we must never say that we do
not have a ministry or a purpose, because every single believer does.
- Mat 5:17 (KJB)
- Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I
am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
- Destroy - Abolish (both uses)
- Jesus now changes direction in His sermon. Many may have thought that He
was attempting to preach a Gospel which would contain a destructive element
concerning the teachings of the law and the prophets. The Mosaic ceremonial
law with all its feasts and sacrifices had looked forward to the coming of
the Messiah and Jesus would be the anti-type of those sacrifices thus
fulfilling their true meanings. If the feasts and sacrifices stood alone
without any fulfillment, they would be meaningless, repetitive rituals. If
they are fulfilled in the one sacrifice of Christ, then one can easily see
that He has come to fulfill the requirements of the law and the fulfillment
of the reason or purpose behind each offering or feast. He also did not come
to contradict anything the prophets of old spoke since it was He who
dispatched them. He also did not come to contradict what was written in the
Scriptures through those prophets. (Psa 119:89 KJV) LAMED. For
ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. The word
was already settled in Heaven and now it was only left to fulfill what was
written. The word of God could never be abolished or destroyed because of
its eternality and its source.
- Mat 5:18 (KJB)
- 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.
- (Isa 65:17 KJV) For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth:
and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
In Isaiah, which was written 750 years before Christ, it was already written
that God was going to create a new Heaven and a new Earth. Therefore, the
word of God in its entirety will remain intact until such a time that the
present Heaven and Earth pass away. In other words, not one word in the
Bible will ever be negated nor deleted. This is emphasized by the examples
that Jesus uses. The “jot” is referring to the Hebrew letter “yod” which is
the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet. The “tittle” is like a horn or a
hook which either decorates a letter or distinguishes between two letters.
This is why the modern versions of the bible are very dangerous because they
leave out thousands of words and change hundreds of others. If Jesus states
that the smallest of marks will never be removed from the word, how do you
think removing thousands of words actually violates this verse? Also the
word of God will be fulfilled in every prophecy that was ever written, even
the most smallest one.
- Mat 5:19 (KJB)
- 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.
- There are two groups in view in this verse. The first one is the Scribes
and Pharisees who had divided the law into two categories. One was the
commands normally preceded by the word “do.” The second category was the
prohibitions, “thou shalt not.” There was always serious debate among them
as to which commandments were the greatest and which ones were the least.
This is because they held a very poor view of Scripture. This why Jesus
received questions such as the following. (Mat 22:36 KJV) Master,
which is the great commandment in the law? When the
Scribes and Pharisees would determine that one law was less important than
another one, they in essence, became judges of the law. They would
especially deem a law lower than another one if it conflicted in any manner
of profit for them and when they did this, they were also teaching that same
thing to others and that is why Jesus stated that they would be least in the
Kingdom of Heaven, not that they were saved but that they were
representatives of the Kingdom here on earth and their low view of Scripture
would cause them to be the lowest esteemed teachers. However, on the other
hand, if they taught that all laws were equal and to be obeyed, then they
would be considered great because their understanding of Scripture was
correct and they would not cause their hearers to stray from the truth. It
must be realized that salvation is not in view here but the teachings of the
word of God is.
- The second group is those who are saved and have stated that the
teachings of the Old Testament are null and void for our day since we
received the new Testament. Since Jesus came to fulfill, and the Hebrew
scriptures are forever settled in Heaven, means that they are not voided but
are now guidelines for moral living. The Hebrew Scriptures are as much a
part of the Bible as the Greek Scriptures of the New Testament. There are
churches out there that consider themselves to be New Testament Churches not
realizing that the church has been around since the family of Adam and Eve.
A person who rejects the Hebrew Scriptures will be considered lower in the
Kingdom of God and therefore may receive no tasks or ministry. Those who
teach that the whole Bible is for today, realizing that Christ fulfilled the
requirements of the salvation aspects of the law, will be considered great
and will have ministry involvement because they have a good understanding
and handling of the word of God.
- Mat 5:20 (KJB)
- 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.
- Here Jesus points out the fact that there are two types of
righteousness. The first type is that of the scribes and Pharisees. For
hundreds of years, they had taken the word of God and created their own
commentary system whereby they would follow the traditions of men in their
own works rather than the Scriptures themselves. They had indeed set up a
system of righteousness but it was self-righteousness according to their own
system. (Mark 7:9 KJV) And he said unto them, Full well ye reject
the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
This type of righteousness is based upon their own works making it a works
gospel which will never get one into heaven. The second type of
righteousness is the imputed righteousness which Christ gives to His
children upon salvation. Once a person becomes saved, they now have the
righteousness of Christ which means they are now in the Kingdom of Heaven.
(Rom 10:4 KJV) For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness
to every one that believeth. No pre-salvation
righteousness of any kind, will ever ready a person for Heaven. We receive
the imputed righteousness of Christ upon the moment of salvation. Jesus is
warning the people that self-righteousness will never allow a person to gain
Heaven because it is works.