Carmelo Caparros
Feb 16, 2020

We human beings have categorized sins into the GREATER and the LESSER. We often think that God is greatly displeased with the greater sins and therefore incurs His wrath, whereas the lesser sins are permissible to God and easily condoned by Him. That PERCEPTION is DANGEROUSLY WRONG! Absolutely NO SIN is permissible in God’s sight. The SMALLEST SIN and the SLIGHTEST DISOBEDIENCE is enough to bring us to HELL. ALL SIN is abhorrent to God no matter how small we might think it to be.

The STANDARD of God is so high, it is humanly unattainable. Have a look at this verse:

1 Jn 3:15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

In effect this means, ANGER = MURDER. This is why we NEED the GOSPEL. Apart from the gospel, we have NO HOPE of REDEMPTION and a GENUINELY CHANGED LIFE.

We need to realize that we are dealing with an ABSOLUTELY HOLY and PERFECT GOD who doesn’t even have a SPECK of EVIL in His being. This shows the MAJESTIC DISTANCE between us and God and this is why we need His GRACE for our SALVATION and His GRACE to empower us to live a RIGHTEOUS LIFE.

In today’s sermon, we will see the DISPARITY between the Pharisees and Jesus’ understanding of RIGHTEOUSNESS. Here are the TWO THINGS we will be discussing today:

I. The INADEQUATE TEACHING of the SCRIBES and PHARISEES – v.21
II. The FULL MEANING of Jesus’ teaching on ANGER – v. 22

When it comes to righteousness, God is NOT IMPRESSED by what is seen on the OUTSIDE, but rather what He sees on the INSIDE!