“The Master and the Mission” in Matthew-19

Yesterday, we thought about the Law's demands for perfect obedience and for our obligation to keep it perfectly, right down to the tiniest detail. We learned of the utter impossibility of being able to perfectly comply with these demands. This would mean that there is no way to escape paying the penalty for constantly failing to keep the Law. However, Jesus, acting as our substitute, kept the Law perfectly and paid the penalty for all of God's broken Laws by His death on the Cross. Since He is infinite, every genuine believer is credited with what He did, as if they themselves have kept the Law perfectly. Since, in actuality, we haven't, we are also credited with His payment of our just penalty for failure. In Verses 19-20 of Matthew, Chapter 5, we read, "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men 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. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." How can we have a righteousness like that? The solution is that we have the perfect righteousness of Christ credited to us. God sees us as perfect. This astounding blessing is what has been called our "position" or "standing." But what of our condition or our "practice?" Once we are saved and credited with His righteousness, the Holy Spirit, using the Word of God, engages in a lifelong work of bringing our "practice" into harmony with our "position" or our "state" into harmony with our "standing." Christ's righteousness, working for and through us, far exceeds any and all supposed righteousness that man considers sufficient. Selah! If we do not see the practical outworking of holiness in our lives, we best be sure that we have truly been saved! Ron

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