Part 19 of the Gospel of God: Paul’s Letter to the Romans – Why has Israel not believed the gospel? Paul continues to explore that question, and in our passage this morning he contends very strongly that the blame should be laid squarely at the feet of the Israelites themselves. God has made his righteousness known, yet they have refused to receive it. This word ought to serve as a warning to us all.
Part 8 in Studies in the Sermon on the Mount – In addressing his disciples about this new kingdom he has come to bring, Jesus moves from the subject of true righteousness (5:20-48) to the subject of true religion (6:1-18). In contrast to the hypocrites who seek the praise of people, Jesus calls his followers to seek the praise of their Father in heaven.
Part 7 of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, A Charter of Kingdom Living – Jesus’ teaching on the “greater righteousness” expected of those who belong to the Kingdom of God (Matt. 5:20) comes to a climax in our passage this morning. First negatively, and then positively, Jesus sets forth a righteousness that reflects the supremacy of love and so displays the very heart of God.
Part 4 of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, A Charter of Kingdom Living – Jesus expounds the righteousness that surpasses that of the Pharisees and teachers of the law (5:20) by contrasting the Old Testament rules with the righteousness, and relationship, to which they point. In our passage this morning, Jesus speaks of the sanctity of human life.
Part 3 of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, A Charter of Kingdom Living – “What does God want from me?” That’s a central question in life, for it points to what we were created for. In our passage this morning, Jesus declares that what God wants most is a relationship grounded in the righteousness which Jesus both provides and empowers. The new people of God which Jesus creates is not centered on the Law but on him.