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You Have Heard It Said

“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 say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-20, ESV)


“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 say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.


Jesus fulfilled the Law by fulfilling messianic predictions!


Jesus fulfilled the Law by perfectly keeping the Law’s commandments!


“For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21, ESV)


“You know that He appeared in order to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin.” (1 John 3:5, ESV)


Jesus fulfilled the Law by dying on the cross!


“1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:2-4, ESV)


"19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”


"20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”


"21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment” (Matthew 5:21-22)


"27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28)


"31 “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce 32 But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery…” (Matthew 5:31-32)


"33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all…” (Matthew 5:33-34, ESV)


"38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. (Matthew 5:38-39)


"43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:43-45)


“37 …You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40, ESV)

LIFEGROUP NOTES SESSION 5

BREAKTHROUGH: YOU HAVE HEARD IT SAID


BIG IDEA

Jesus reminds those whom he is teaching that he has not come to get rid of the Old Testament Laws, but instead he has come to actually fulfill them. He does this by living a life that no-one else could; a life that was sinless and blameless. He challenges us that we may not feel like we are that bad, or have broken too many laws, but in fact, we really have! He breaks down things that we think are the worst sins, and shows their root lies in sins we commit every day. Jesus is the perfect follower of the Law and we must trust that he alone is our Lord and Savior, who came to redeem us and make right before the Lord, because we will fall short every single day in our own strength and power.


BIBLE STUDY NOTES Matthew 5:17-48




PERSONAL REFLECTION


If Jesus was standing before us and asked, why should I let you into heaven? What would your answer be?




How does Jesus define good (Matthew 5:48)? Are we living up to that standard or can we?






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