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​Exceeding Righteousness (Matthew 5:17-20)

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is setting up the parameters for belonging to his kingdom. Jesus is telling us how we can have a blessed life. The first picture of the blessed life is to live countercultural. The blessed life is being poor in spirit, mourning over sins, being meek, hungering for righteousness, being merciful, being pure in heart, being peacemakers, and being persecuted for the sake of righteousness. The second picture Jesus gave is regarding our life purpose. We are here to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We must fulfill our purpose so that God is glorified. But now in Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus addresses a misconception that people might have regarding his purpose. In the process of explaining what he is doing Jesus will show us one of our worst problems as we stand before God. If we do not understand what Jesus says in this paragraph about our standing before God and our perception of him, then we will never be able to belong to Jesus and his kingdom…

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