To follow or not follow. To be bound by it or to not be bound by it.
I’m not going to spew a bunch of my own thoughts about this. I’m going to show you something most people ignore when preaching about the sermon of the mount. Things that are very uncomfortable and unpleasant to think about as a rule.
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 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.
We all tend to be familiar with the concept that we are to walk in the footsteps of Christ. He came to fulfill the law. His own words. But we back off on that because we are so caught up in the age of grace that we miss the point. Look again at the words of Jesus above..
But man.. That’s a radical change from what we generally hear on the sermon on the mount. We usually get lessons on the beatitudes from there.
But no one paying attention to the sermon seems to realize that it goes on for 3 chapters. 5,6, and 7. There’s so much more there that is passed over because I didn’t understand it or know what to do with it. This portion being a huge part of it.
So what do we do about it?
Let’s add in this to what we also know was taught for us. Jesus died and we have been given eternal life if we accept him. But in spite of that if we don’t live it, we must conclude much of this that he preaches is that we shan’t be part of His kingdom. And even if we do get to be part, we become the least in His kingdom. Funny how in our doctrines of grace we leave out the other words of Christ. I’m horrified. This here, in plain sight, shows just how little attention I paid while reading the bible over the past decade.
Christ Himself gives the command that we follow the law. At the same time he gives us grace for when we slip up. In other words, we are called to follow the law still, as we follow him. For he fulfills the law, and expects us to follow in His steps. Not one jot of the law will pass away until all is fulfilled? He means all OT prophecy. Not all of it has yet, so according to Christ, following the Law is the most important thing for those who follow Christ. Fortunately if we are striving to be like Him, we will be empowered by the Holy Ghost to live it properly.
So many Christians I know are content to be saved but do nothing about it. Others don’t do anything cause they don’t know what to do. Doubtless others will see this and write me off as a loon and call me wrong simply because they disagree. And those, those are the ones who are risking their salvation. Those are the ones risking hellfire and destruction. So I’m pleading with you. Read what’s in the bible. Actually legitimately read it. Drop any ideas you have about it and read what’s there. You doubt me on this? Go read Matthew chapters 5-7. Take what I pulled and read everything in the sermon on the mount.