Thursday, January 5, 2012

Just how righteous is THAT?

Jesus said in Matthew 5:20, "For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven."

Just how righteous is that? Should I even try to keep the law? These Pharisees tried that and my righteousness should exceed theirs. How could I possibly do this? I mean those Pharisees knew the law in and out right? They seemed to be the holiest of all men and kept God's laws perfectly...look again.

The Pharisees actually did not fervently keep God's law. They were good at instructing others under traditions of man.
For example (Matthew 15:1-9): 1. Then some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, 2. Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread. 3. And He answered and said to them, Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? 4. For God said, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER, and, HE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER IS TO BE PUT TO DEATH. 5. But you say, Whoever says to his father or mother, Whatever I have that would help you has been given to God, 6. he is not to honor his father or his mother. And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition. 7. You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: 8. THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. 9. BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.

They did not keep the true law, but actually neglected and taught other people to do the same.

Are we acutally invalidating God's law by our traditions? God's law are His commands and this means if we nullify them, then we are not his: (If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15)

May our righteousness be pleasing to God because it is rooted in Christ
David Stapp