The Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 5:17-18

GOOD MORNING!

It was in His “Sermon on the Mount” that the LORD JESUS made His declaration concerning the Old Testament Scriptures: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.(Matthew 5:17-18)

Consider the depth of this declaration. “I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” This gracious mission of our LORD is opened up for us in other Scriptures: “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  … For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.(Romans 8:3-4; Romans 10:4)bible-first pg

The whole New Testament declares JESUS CHRIST the LORD to be the end (that is, the carrying to completion) of God’s holy law. God’s law that is presented to us, written for our learning, is the Holy Bible that we are privileged to hear, to read, to study and by which to live.

Let us examine what this declaration says about the Word of God, -the “Scripture of truth”. “Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

God Himself is the Giver, the Preserver, and the Illuminator of the Holy Bible. Men have, for the last hundred and fifty years, been publishing their own faulty, “tampered-with texts”, attempting to make Bible students believe that they must depend upon human scholarship for an up-to-date BIBLE, discarding the one way God instructed that His Word was to be copied, word for word, not thought for thought, nor any other way but simply accepting the Word of God to say what it means and mean what it says.

Man’s thoughts are not equal to God’s thoughts, nor are man’s ways God’s ways. In the prophets we read that “it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.(Jeremiah 10:23b)

Fellow Christian, it is well for us to hold, to read, and to practice the Bible that will not pass away as long as heaven and earth remain; because God’s Word is forever “settled in heaven.

When our LORD quoted the Scriptures, and He did so in all that He said, He did not have any of the original manuscripts, He had a copy that had been faithfully copied from an earlier copy that had been faithfully copied in harmony with the instruction of the LORD to the Levites.

Bible1Only a word-for-word copy of a faithfully copied manuscript will bring us the unadulterated, indestructible, inspired Word of the Living God.

May we notice that the smallest details of the Scriptures are preserved, for the jots and the tittles complete the words of Holy Scripture.

The Saviour followed His declaration about the Word of God with instructions that described the difference between a true citizen of the kingdom of heaven and one that was like the scribes and the Pharisees, who obeyed their own traditions rather than believing and practicing the law of the LORD. “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.(Matthew 5:20)  The “righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees” was outward and self-serving, rather than inward and pleasing to God.

The Bible was given to us by the inspiration of God in order that we might know the truth of God and the plan of God for our lives and the salvation that He so freely offers to us in CHRIST JESUS the LORD. Do you live by the Word of God that our LORD and Saviour JESUS CHRIST came to carry to completion? The faith way is the true way, believing on the LORD JESUS CHRIST as He is presented to us in the Scriptures.

AMEN.

by Dr. R. B. Keyes

Adapted from the transcripts written and read by Dr. R. B. Keyes on a radio program called “Morning Chapel” (http://morningchapel.org/)

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