NCF Sunday Worship
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is speaking of radical righteousness.
Jesus says in Matthew 24:35: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” Jesus identifies Himself as the author of Scripture. Jesus did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it. He loves the Law and expects his disciples to do the same. God’s Word is eternal and cannot be modified in the slightest degree. It is all His Word. We cannot pick and choose what we will and will not believe or live out. We can be assured all of it will be fulfilled. Jesus established the Law and the prophets because he fulfilled their Messianic prophecies.
He also fulfilled the OT Law because he kept all its commandments perfectly. Through the Holy Spirit we can fulfill the righteousness of the Law, but still imperfectly. Therefore, we need God’s grace. It is the only way our righteousness will exceed the righteousness of the scribes and the Pharisees. Their righteousness was only external. Our righteousness is Christ’s righteousness received by faith alone.