Superior Righteousness

BethanySMC - Thursday, 10 November 2011 07:01

For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Mat 5:20

Picture yourself there listening to Jesus preaching the Sermon on the Mount. Everything you hear is new to you; you have never been challenged in such a way before. Perhaps you were raised in a religious setting and something that you have accepted as a model – was challenged now right before your eyes. Those who were considered to be the most righteous, most dedicated – your saints, priests and teachers of the law – are outside the kingdom of God. Even more, if your righteousness does not exceed theirs – you cannot enter there either.

What you probably could not understand at that time, that righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ is superior and above all the righteousness that people may obtain by human effort.
Righteousness through faith brings change from the inside out and becomes a way of life and enables people to live and act righteously regardless of the circumstances. Later in the sermon Jesus brought example after example, how a changed person will react: among enemies, in family life, relating to God and others around them.

Righteousness through faith in Jesus will be the only righteousness that lets us into the kingdom of God. All other ways, according to the parable in Mt.22:1-13, are not going to be honored. Jesus tells us about a man who didn’t wear the wedding garments to a wedding that the king made for his son. The man managed to get into the wedding his way somehow, he was cast into outer darkness; where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. This wedding garment is obtained at the cross where Jesus’ blood cleanses our conscience from sins and transgressions. When we look at Jesus as we read the scriptures, and that holy gaze on Him, has power to transform the nature of sinful man into a holy and righteous one. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2Co.3:18

Now let us consider these questions: Do I see evidence that my faith produces this kind of life changing righteousness? What is my reaction when I face different circumstances and temptations? Does my righteousness go beyond what people can see? If you do not see the proof of God’s righteousness in your daily life check what is before your eyes most of the day. “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes” Ps.101:3- said David. Let it be our challenge to keep our eyes on Jesus and His word.

As you read the rest of the Sermon on the Mount or follow along with me trough my devotional messages, let the Holy Spirit talk to you. Perhaps there is something God is about to change in you.

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