Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 18, 2017

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:28 am

Matthew 5:17-20 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. (NIV)

 No man can totally obey all of the laws in the Old Testament that God gave through the prophets.  Even if someone could, they are still unrighteous because only Jesus is righteous.  It is only through the cross and through Jesus and God’s grace that forgiveness can be given and eternal life in heaven with God be given.  When Jesus was on the cross He said, “It is finished.”  We are no longer under the law to be forgiven.  No longer do we have to sacrifice an animal for the blood offering for our sin.  The blood of Jesus is the final sacrifice for sin.  We do live by the law because of our love for God.  The law and the words of Jesus show us how God designed us to live but it is His grace and the acceptance of Jesus as our Lord and Savior and the shedding of His blood that gives us forgiveness and eternal life.  We must ask if we are striving to be good to get into heaven or are we striving to be good because we love God.  Let us study all the words of Jesus and put the first two commandments (love the Lord God with all our heart, mind and strength and our neighbor as ourself) deep into our minds and hearts and all else will follow.

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