“Not The Smallest Letter” ( Matthew 5: 18, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

Jesus tells us not to assume He comes to destroy the Law; rather He comes to fulfill the Law. He warns that unless we are more righteous than the scribes and Pharisees, we “will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:20) It is not enough to refrain from murder; we must refrain from being angry or insulting. It is not enough that we refrain from adultery; we must refrain from lust. It is not enough that we keep our oaths; we must not make oaths at all. It is not enough to love our neighbor; we must also love our enemy. It is not enough to be righteous; we must not be righteous “in front of people, to be seen by them.” (Matthew 6:1) It is not enough to pray; we must not pray in public “to be seen by people” or “babble like the idolators, since they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words.” (Matthew 6:5,7) It is not enough to fast; we must “put oil on [our] heads, and wash [our] faces.” (Matthew 6:17)

“Whoever breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches people to do so will be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:19)

Looking in the mirror, I see the least in the kingdom of heaven for I break the least of these commands more times than I can count. I find no room in my heart for self-righteousness. The only righteousness I have belongs to another — my righteousness rests solely on the finished work of Jesus Christ, who fulfills the Law and the Prophets.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Debbie says:

    Oh Carley,
    I’m down there at the bottom of the heap with you. Thank God, His work is finished and complete and in His grace, He sees me clearly, complete in Him.

  2. lambskinny says:

    Indeed, Debbie. What would we do without Him? Praise God for His ever-lasting mercies. Carley

  3. lambskinny says:

    Thanks Reiter. God bless.

  4. mtsweat says:

    Amen and ditto! Thanks Carley.

  5. lambskinny says:

    You’re welcome, M.T. Thanks!

  6. bickleyhouse says:

    Joining you in the least pile. I never have and never will have any righteousness of my own.

    Jeff

  7. lambskinny says:

    Amen, Jeff. What a privilege to be in that “pile,” too. God bless you, brother. Carley

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