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WHAT JESUS REQUIRES . . . . YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS MUST EXCEED THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE PHARISEES. Matthew 5:20. “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

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Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

WHAT JESUS REQUIRES . . .

YOUR

RIGHTEOUSNESS

MUST EXCEED THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE PHARISEES


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

Matthew 5:20

“For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the

Pharisees and the teachers of the law...”


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

“…you will certainly

not enter

the kingdom

of heaven.”


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

Central Idea: Unless you do far better than the Pharisees in matters of right living (obedience to God), you haven’t a hope of being welcome in God’s eternal kingdom


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

Job 9:2-3

“The question is, 'How can mere mortals get right with God?' If we wanted to bring our case before him, what chance would we have? Not one in a thousand!”


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

TWO

IMPORTANT QUALIFYING TRUTHS:

1. Jesus never encouraged anyone, including the Pharisees, to not keep God’s law


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

“it is lawful sometimes to make void the law, and to do that which appears to be forbidden.” - Bartenora

“Anyone who breaks one

of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven”

Matthew 5:19


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

2. Faithful, loving and grace-motivated effort and self-discipline in keeping

God’s clear

expectations

(laws) is not

legalism

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Matthew 5:48


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

Who Were

The Pharisees?


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

The leading sect or party of the Jews in Jesus’ time

The religious ruling elite who largely controlled the life of the Jewish people

They were zealous for God and His Law though having huge blind spots about both.


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

Jesus freely labeled them for what they really were:

a wicked and adulterous generation

snakes

blind guides

blind fools

hypocrites(15X)

blind men

like whitewashed

tombs

brood of vipers


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

2. What is phariseeism?


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

“The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men--robbers, evildoers, adulterers--or even like this tax collector.”

Luke 18:11

a. It is an attitude

of arrogant self-righteousness


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

b. It is the hypocritical observance of the letter of religious or moral law without regard for the spirit of it.


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

c. It is a focus on minute details of the law while ignoring the biggest issues


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices--mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law--justice, mercy and faithfulness.”

You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”

Matthew 23:23


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

“They tie up heavy loads and put them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.”

Matthew 23:4

d. It is critical,

judgmental, and

condemning of

everyone but oneself


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

“Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long”

Matthew 23:5

e. It is far more

concerned with

appearances over

substance or the heart


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

3. Am

I

a

Pharisee?

(pharisaical)


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

Am I a Pharisee?

Am I a Pharisee?

1. Am I quick at spotting and pointing out the errors in others but clueless about my own faults?


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

Am I a Pharisee?

2. Can I “not worship” because of a certain music style, volume level, or preaching style?


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

Am I a Pharisee?

3. Do I live a secret life? Am I really quite different from the shell of piety everyone else sees?


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

Am I a Pharisee?

4. Do I continue to do things which have long-since lost their meaning in my life simply because I am afraid that to do otherwise would make me look bad?


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

Am I a Pharisee?

5. Does my poor spiritual performance cause me to question how God thinks about me?


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

Am I a Pharisee?

6. Am I more concerned about what people think than what God thinks? Do I fear man more than God?


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

Am I a Pharisee?

7. Am I known by people for what I am against rather than for what I am for or Who I serve?


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

What am I to do about it?


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

“Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.”

Matthew 23:26


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

Recognize the Pharisee that is you!

Regularly confess your phariseeism to God


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

Embrace the righteousness that is imputed (credited) to us through Jesus Christ


Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the pharisees

“And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend.”

James 2:23


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