THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date - 6-26-05
LESSON TITLE: "GREAT LESSONS FROM THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: CHRIST CAME TO FULFILL THE LAW"
The inspired John records these words of Jesus in Revelation 1:8, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." It is before the Almighty that we assemble today to Worship and Praise His Holy Name!
Thank you so much for joining us this day for this time of offering to our God. It is my hope and prayer that we are all doing our best, today and every day, to accomplish everything according to God's precious will and His eternal purpose. Furthermore, won't you do your part this morning so that God may truly be magnified and so that all we sacrifice toward His throne will be done in spirit and in truth.
With these thoughts in mind, will you bow with me before His almighty throne in prayer.
As it is time to begin with our first song of the morning, I ask you to consider once again the great throne of God which we are to worship before. So, won't you join in with the congregation at this time as we sing together, "Kneel At The Cross."
(SONG # 1)
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is found in Luke 6:38. There we read, "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you." I love this verse because it reminds me that God will bless me as a Christian, but more specifically it tells me that He will bless me according to how we give to Him and others. Have you ever considered this before?
How interesting it is here that God says we are to give a good, proper and honest measure to others. Back in Bible times as well in many third world nations today that market place is still very alive and well. Traders will all assemble in one place and sell goods to the public. Now which traders would you want to use? Which sellers would you go back to time and time again? Would you return to the ones who cheat you and say you have a pound when you only have 15 ounces. Or the one who say they put a dozen eggs in a sack, yet they actually only put 11 in the bag. You see God says when we give to Him and others it must be a good, fair, and proper measure. His actual definition of a good measure was, "pressed down, shaken together, and running over." Brethren and friends, is this how we give to others - is this the type of commitment we show to God?
Well it should be, and WHY? Because Jesus went on to say that we will be blessed accordingly. We will receive from God the same type of measure which we give to Him and others. Won't you choose today to use a more bountiful measure?
It is great to have brother Kurt Nelson with us once again this day, as our guest speaker. As you may remember, brother Nelson is one of the full time instructors at the Bible Institute of Missouri. We look forward to him guiding our thoughts on God's Word this morning.
As far as our main study of the day, we will be continuing our series entitled, "Great Lessons From The Sermon On The Mount." Our specific discussion of the morning will deal with the fact that, "Christ Came To Fulfill The Law." So please stay with us this morning and after our next song together, brother Kurt will be leading us in our main study of the day. But for now let's join together in our second song of the morning. The name of this hymn, "Let The Lower Lights Be Burning."
(SONG # 2)
Speaker: Kurt Nelson
In dealing with whether Jesus came to destroy the Law of Moses or not is a very interesting topic. As you know in the religious world, many have argued this point from time to time as to whether Jesus got rid of or did away with or annihilated or destroyed the Law of Moses previous to the time, well, His time here on earth. Well, if you notice with me as we read the text, it is very revealing and to give you a background of that text, it is important to understand that Jesus is talking to a multitude of people. He is about in His 30's, His early 30's. He is starting His ministry. We refer to this as the Sermon on the Mount where the immediate people that are surrounding Him are His disciples, and His disciples are listening to the words that are proceeding from His mouth. Also, in the general vicinity there are people of various backgrounds that are coming to Him for miracles because of the things that He had done through, well in Cana and various areas and restoring the lepers back to having their skin completely healed and also restoring hands and eyes and various things and the people were interested in the miracles. And at this time, they were looking for an earthly kingdom and the things that were coming from Jesus' mouth about the things that were going to be in the kingdom that He was about to establish were well, as He had stated in Matthew 13, they were foreign from their ears because they had closed their ears, they had closed their eyes and literally what they had done was they had closed their minds. And of course, bringing us forward, He has discussed many things to His disciples, things that they are to look at and to try to understand. Of course, they too, they're looking for an earthly kingdom and our Lord is trying to reveal what the true kingdom, the church, is going to be like. And He is talking about the Law of Moses.
Notice with me here in chapter 5 verses 17-20, and this will be our text today. "Think not that I have come to destroy the law." Well, let's pause there for a minute. What law is He talking about? The law that our Lord is talking about is of course, He is talking about the Law of Moses. But there have been some things that have happened since the time that the Law of Moses had been given. Men through time had, especially after the Babylonian captivity, they had come up with some of their own traditions, and some of their own laws. There were some different sects that had popped up during this time such as the Saduccees and the Pharisees. You had the scribes. You had the lawyers, and these people they were setting forth laws that God had not set forth. So whenever we look at the context and we need to be continually reminded of the context both the immediate context and also the remote context. The Bible does not contradict itself. This is an assurity. And anytime that we have the Bible contradicting itself, well, what we are saying is God cannot communicate with man and not only does God expect us to understand the communication that He has given us, but He expects us to understand it all the same, just the same way as someone that writes a book. They expect you to understand the different types of language that they use to be something that helps to enhance and keep the interest of the reader so that they will continue on to search out and to find the truth. We are to be constantly truth seekers. Notice what is stated. "Think not that I come to destroy the Law or the prophets. I am not come to destroy but to fulfill." A very, very important word to remember here is He did not come to destroy but to fulfill. Now whenever you put destroy and fulfill, you notice the coordinated conjunction here, but, that means that He is stating also that He is going to fulfill what the Old Law had promised.
We can go back in Deuteronomy and we can see and understand that there was a prophecy put forth by Moses himself, but there would be a prophet that would come in the latter times in whom that they would hear. It is so important to understand that Jesus Christ did not destroy the Law, but He fulfilled it. He put forth His own Law. Notice, "For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jod or one tittle shall no ways pass from the law until it all be fulfilled." That is talking about from the time of Sinai till the time that Jesus Christ came and also the prophecy that was put forth by John the Baptist.
"Whoever therefore shall break one of these commandments and shall teach man so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Whenever we are less in something, that means that we have not arrived at perfection and Jesus wants us to arrive at perfection or completeness and that we lack nothing. "For I say unto you that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and the Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." Every time that you read about the kingdom of heaven in Matthew, it is talking about the church. These things are important for us to remember and to keep our mind focused upon. He wants us to listen to the things that He has to say. The righteousness of the scribes and the Pharisees, well there was no righteousness at all. They had created their own righteousness. In Matthew 15, we understand and we see in verse 9 that, "In vain, they do worship Me teaching for commandments the doctrines of men."
We know that Jesus Christ set up His own Law, but in order for His Law to be in effect, the Hebrew letter tells us that there has to be the death of the testator. Now notice that. There has to be the death of a testator. And brethren, the death of the testator, Jesus Christ, took place on Golgotha, the place of the skull. When people crucified the God man, whenever they took Him out of this world, they felt they had destroyed everything that He had taught and stood for. But as we see that we are now under a New Law, the Old Law has been done away with.
We see in Colossians 2:15 that, "It has been nailed to the cross." All the handwritings and ordinances were against us, that worked against us. All the sacrifices that we had to put forth, or the children of Israel did, those were taken away being nailed to His cross.
We could look at other places such as 2 Peter 1:3, "According as His divine power has given unto us, all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the knowledge of Him that has called us to glorify and virtue."
We know in 2 Timothy 3:15-17, "And that from a child has known the Holy Scriptures which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction and righteousness that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished into all good works." Yes, he is talking about the Old Testament scripture, brethren. But he is also talking about the New Testament scripture. And we go into Jude 3 and we see that the New Testament scripture has been given to us once and for all times. We find that it was given to the saints, but specifically we can imply what is inferred by those words.
If you do not believe me on these things, please read the book of James. He is very specific about the things that a Christian must do in order to be pleasing in the sight of Jesus Christ and to be pleasing in the sight of Jesus Christ is to follow His commandments. We are to keep His commandments and by doing this we show our love. And the greatest commandment of all, brethren, is that we love one another as He loved the church.
Of course, we can summarize all that has been stated here. But notice verse 20, "For I say unto you that except your righteousness that shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." These words should penetrate deeply into your heart. We can read through all of Matthew and we can understand that the scribes and Pharisees were ascribed with such names as hypocrites, broods of vipers. Now, are these the type of people that you want to be like? And do you think that they are going to be in Heaven? Where do you want to spend an eternity? Do you want to spend it in Hell or do you want to spend it in Heaven where all of the disciples except for Judas went? Of course, that's a discussion for another time.
Brethren, we are under royal law. We are under the law of liberty. We are under the law of grace. We need to understand what law that we are under. Brethren, whenever we stand before the throne of God, I want to know what I'm going to be judged by and my behavior here upon this earth will determine where I will be. You know sometimes love is tough. Love isn't what you want to hear, but love is what you need and if I tell you any other thing, I would be a liar. You know, Paul put it this way. He said, "Have I become your enemy because I tell you the truth?" have I become your enemy because I tell you the truth from the Word of God? I think not. I think our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, even though He only spent 3 1/2 years upon this earth, the wisdom and love that He had shown for us and given for us, there's no way that we can surpass that in any way.
It has been my pleasure and I thank the Kansas Expressway church of Christ for inviting me to be again here on this program. It's our intent to get the Word out to everyone that we can, the Gospel, the Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you so much.
(SONG # 3 - "O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee!")
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How wonderful it is to know that Christ is a fulfillment of the law. This fact, truly proves the great wisdom, power and magnificence of our God. Yes, our God is a God who can be counted on!