We Are To Abide, Not Live, By The Law, Part 4, Matthew 5:20


Matthew 5:20 (NKJV): 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.

Righteous: acting in accord with Devine or Moral Law: free from guilt or sin (As found on www.merriam-webster.com)

When we look at what Jesus is saying, basically, He is saying that we would have to be perfect. He is saying that the scribes and Pharisees have moral standards that they follow, or in other words, they try to live by the Ten Commandments. The problem they have, aside of being sinful in nature and being called out on different sins, not limited to but including, selfishness, self righteousness, pride, etc., but they were trying to force others to live the same and in fact, created many more rules/laws for people to observe, even though they found loopholes around them so they could justify many of their sins. See the problem?

Jesus, when He was teaching here, was saying that we would have to be better then them to enter into The Kingdom of Heaven. We would have to be “Perfect”, without sin or regrets. How do you think we fair in this area? Can any of say that we live without sin or regret? If you do, then I would recommend to read The Sermon On The Mount in it’s entirety. We of course will cover it here too.

So, if we are not perfect, does that mean we have no Hope? No, in fact, Jesus taught this for all of us to see that we need to have a covering of sorts that would make us righteous. Where do we find that covering? Through Him of course. It is only through a Relationship with Him do we become covered, our sins are washed clean, and that we can enter into Heaven. We need Him to be Our Savior in our lives, as well as Our Lord.

Do you know Him? Do you follow Him? Maybe now is the time to start if you don’t. Maybe now is the time to ask for His Forgiveness if you have fallen away. We cannot enter into Heaven on our own accord but only through Him.

Are you seeking Him? Are you learning to be more like who He desires you to be?

We will continue  be looking at the Sermon on The Mount. Although,  we need Jesus to bring us back into A Relationship with God The Father, The Sermon on The Mount deals with Heart Issues which is what we should look at when learning to have that Relationship with God.
If we are to please God, we need to allow The Holy Spirit to set us apart. We need to pursue a sinless life. We are to seek Righteousness. How do we do it? Through prayer, study, fellowship, being willing to be corrected/accountability, discipleship, and service.

It starts with Our Relationship with Jesus. If you don’t have a Relationship with Him or you need to rekindle that Relationship, do it now. Call out to Him and seek his Love and Forgiveness. It really is as hard or easy as you make it.

We should look to Him daily to seek a relationship with Him. I want to encourage you to seek Him today, if you haven’t already. If you need help, have questions or need direction in this regard, please, feel free to let me know.

Maybe today you are struggling with something. Maybe you may have found yourself not as close to The Lord as you thought. We would like to help you in this through prayer and guidance. If you find yourself in need of prayer and/or encouragement, please, feel free to call or text +1 (505) 600-1027 or email cross66info@gmail.com

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Any scripture referenced here is taken from New King James Version (NKJV) unless otherwise noted

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Mark is a US Army Veteran and has called Albuquerque home since 1997. He earned degrees at Albuquerque Bible College, and Faith Evangelical Seminary before attending the Shepherd’s School at Cross Christian Fellowship. He has felt a calling to start a church along Route 66, in Albuquerque to reach others for Christ. Mark has had struggles with addictions, drugs, alcohol and other things, in the past. He has recovered from them, with Christ and has a desire to help others with them as well. He has a desire to setup a recovery home in Albuquerque, or nearby, to help others in the recovery process as well as help them gain some job skills and learn to have personal interactions with others. Mark grew up in traditional churches. He did not find the true meaning of having a Relationship with Jesus. At the age of 31, after hearing a Pastor talk about this Relationship, he rededicated his life to Jesus and started on a path for ministry. You can check out Recovery In Action Ministries FaceBook Page for more info on Recovery issues. Mark has been married to his wife Rebecca since 2005. Together they have four boys between them. They minister together to help others grow in their relationships with their spouses, children and family. In his free time, Mark likes to ride motorcycles, shooting and building things.

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