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Summary: All parts of the law which have not been fulfilled are as equally binding and applicable today as they were for the nation of Israel. The law was never meant to save—it was meant to be a schoolmaster, showing people their ineptitude before a holy God. T

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1. The first lesson is the presence of the law fulfilled (5:17-18)

2. The second lesson is the consequence of the law fulfilled (5:19)

3. The third lesson is the requirement of the law fulfilled (5:20)

4. The fourth lesson is the impossibility of the law fulfilled (5:48)

Yesterday morning, we went on a Quest for Blessedness as we looked at the Beatitudes. Last night we went on a Quest for Purpose as we looked at Jesus’ role for believers in the world today. For the next two nights Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount takes us into looking at God’s standard. We’ll look at His requirements for us as we go on a Quest for Perfection. We’ll only get to God’s first requirement in our Quest for Perfection tonight as we look at perfection according to the Law. Tonight is going to be difficult. It’s going to be difficult because we’re going to be looking into things that we don’t like to talk about. It would be much easier for me to stand up here and talk about God’s provision and blessing and never get to the difficult things. But if there wasn’t any need to confront the difficult things—the things we can’t fix or don’t want to fix in our lives. If we don’t need to face those things that we can’t deal with on our own, then why did Jesus come? Why did He preach on the difficult things? Why did He deal with the things we’d rather sweep under the rug and not talk about? Why can’t we just forget about God’s law like so many today want to? Look with me in Matthew 5, starting with verse 17 to see what Jesus had to say about it.

MATTHEW 5:17-20, 48

One of the choruses we like to sing says “Lord, You are more precious than silver. Lord, You are more costly than gold. Lord, You are more beautiful than diamonds, and nothing I desire compares with You.” We sing that about the Lord, but what about His law? Psalm 19:7-12 says:

PSALMS 19:7-12

Cleanse me from secret faults. We, as human beings, have a natural tendency to hide our faults and our flaws. We use make-up and hair dye. I’m sure nobody here uses hair dye, but some other people use hair dye. Men, we’re not off the hook either. Most of the time instead of trying to cover up our flaws, we just ignore them. As soon as I quit exercising and started gaining weight, I quit even acknowledging there is a scale in my house. But ignoring the problem doesn’t make it go away. They say that one of the first things an alcoholic has to do is admit that he has a problem. And most of the time, the only time he will admit that he has a problem is when he reaches rock bottom. When he begins to see himself as others see him. The thing about sin is that the first thing it affects is our eyesight. It causes us to be blind. It makes it so we can’t see ourselves as God sees us. That’s why God gave us the Law. The Law is like a mirror. Except it’s a perfect mirror that always tells us the truth. Here’s the problem though. It always tells the truth, but we don’t like to hear the truth. So we do like what I’ve done with my bathroom scale. We keep it in a place where we don’t have to look at it. Where it won’t remind us of our problem. But here in His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told the people He wasn’t going to hide them from the Law. He said that He didn’t come to do away with it, but to fulfill it. He then told them that the law involved even more than they had ever imagined. In fact, the law demands complete and total perfection—an impossible standard. An impossible standard that can only point one place. The need for grace. I want each of here this evening to see ourselves in the perfect mirror of God’s law. And as we see ourselves there, I want us to fully appreciate our need for grace. The grace that only a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ will provide. In order to do that, we’re going to look at Jesus’ teaching on the subject. We’re going to look at four lessons Jesus teaches us about the Law fulfilled. The first lesson He teaches is the presence of the law fulfilled. Look with me again to verses 17-18:


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