To live the Kingdom life, rest in Jesus
Topic: Kingdom Living Scripture: Matthew 5:17–20
Is Kingdom Living Relevant in a Modern World? #5
Text: Matthew 5:17-20
Focus Point: To live the Kingdom life, rest in Jesus.
1. Who are these people? (v.20)
Scribes – told people what the Law meant. Pharisees – told people how to apply the Law.
2. What are these things? (vv.17-19)
Law – Old Testament, 10 Commandments, 613 other laws.
Prophets – Their writings (Isaiah – Ezekiel; Hosea – Malachi; Joshua, Judges, 1&2 Sam., 1&2 Kings).
Commandments – The Old Testament; what Jesus was about to teach in 5:21fl.
3. What does this mean?
Abolish – To lay aside or do away with.
None of the Law or Prophets will be done away with; not one stroke of the pen.
Jesus is elevating His opinion of the Law & the Prophets. He is equating His interpretation of the
Law & the Prophets.
Fulfill the Law – Two ways:
Through His teaching – Truth/Accurate
His deeds/lifestyle – Credits of Righteousness
His death & resurrections – Paid the penalty
February 27, 2022 Rick Applegate
Jesus fulfilled all that the Old Testament was pointing to as the coming Savior and Messiah.
Us (humanity) Jesus (Savior)
4. What do I do?
Obey the commandments. Your righteousness must surpass that of the Scribes and Pharisees.
Unbelievers – must rest by putting faith in Jesus.
Faith has three components: (Illustration of a chair)
Agree with Information.
Trust the Information.
Believers – must rest in Jesus by trusting Him to empower you.
How you don’t do this:
Don’t be passive. Don’t do it through human effort.
How do you rest in Jesus? An example, a quote and scriptures:
Example – Cry out to God for help with honesty.
Quote – C.S. Lewis “As the Holy Spirit catches us up into ‘Their dance’, it makes sense that the way
we relate to each other begins to approximate the way ‘They’ relate…”
Scriptures – Gal. 5:16;25; Jer. 31:33; Eze. 36:25; Ps. 40:8