Mar 7, 2021
When Jesus came into this world, He saw a RELIGIOUS SYSTEM that had been CORRUPTED. It was a religion of EXTERNALS and TRADITIONS that were UNBIBLICAL. Jesus came to EXPOSE the HYPOCRISY and the FALLACIOUS INTERPRETATIONS of Scripture of the Pharisees.
He boldly clashed with them head on so that people might see the truth and be set free not only from the bonds of sin but also that of FALSE RELIGION.
There are two points to our study which begin with the letter “F” and the subpoints to point #2 begins with letter “C” for memory aids:
I.FLAWED INTERPRETATION of the PHARISEES (v. 43)
II.FLAWLESS INTERPRETATION and APPLICATION of JESUS (vv. 44 – 48)
A) Clarification on the Law of Love (v. 44)
B) Confirmation of True Sonship (v. 45)
C) Contradistinction from Unbelievers (vv. 46 – 47)
D) Command for Believers (v. 48)
Anyone can go the first mile, but it is the Christian who goes the second. He is always doing more than anybody else; he does what others cannot do.
The natural man gives a grudging obedience, the Christian man delights in obedience.
To return evil for good is to be like the devil.
To return evil for evil is to be like an animal.
To return good for good is to be like humans.
To return good for evil is to be like God. Christians,
we just have to be a BIG STEP AHEAD of the REST; HEAD and SHOULDERS above the ordinary man.