Matthew 5: 27-28 ” Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart..”
We established the fact that the first thing to watch out for is the old nature from within us. But now we are going to see the second thing is the enemy from without. The enemy knows our weakness and for many of us it is our eye gate. For we use our eyes for everything. To look at pictures, to watch t.v., to look at the internet, to read books. The book of James says But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed. What is the difference between temptation and sin, temptation is when your just asked to do it. Sin is actually doing it. We see this in Genesis 3:6 and Joshua 7:21. We live in a visual world. If you look at marketing anywhere you see their goal is to catch your eye. There are people who sit down and discuss how they will draw you in to their products. What they can do to awaken your sinful nature and desires from within. We live in a society today where it is easier than ever to commit adultery with your mind. Because the enemy has stepped up his game and he knows what trips us up. The church today no longer teaches on this subject, they are no longer teaching on the warring against the flesh. This is where bible instruction is so important to our Christian walk. Every answer you need is found in the word of God. The Psalmist David says How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed to God’s word. David also said Thy word have I hid in my heart that I may not sin against God. In Proverbs 5:3 we have a picture of the world trying to draw a person, enticing a person. It says ” For the lips of a strange women drop as an honeycomb and her mouth is smoother than oil. It is pictured as beautiful and good. But we see from vs 5 ” Her feet go down to death and her steps take hold on hell. We must realize what we see through the eye gate can be deceptive , it may be beautiful but deadly. So we must not be deceived by the enemies tricks. We also see from vs 8 “Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house.” This is like Joseph who ran as fast as he could out of Potiphar house to avoid sin when temptation came. God is telling every believer when the flesh rises up to get rid of it as soon as possible. To many times we flirt with the thought that comes to our mind and we get burned. Psalms 101:3 is a verse we should post over are t.v. and computer. ” I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; It shall not cleave to me.” For to many of us we are entertained by the very thing Christ died for and that is sin. Job 31:1 ” I made a covenant with mine eyes, why then should I think upon a maid. The children’s song says O be careful little eyes what you see. Why is that because Christ wants purity. God is looking for a person with clean hands and a pure heart who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity nor sworn deceitfully. That’s why Christ teaches us here sin is a matter of the heart and mind not just the actions. So today Jesus wants to work on cleaning out the heart. As children of God we are told in Romans 13:14 ” But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. We must let the Spirit of God guide our every thought. Matthew 6:22-23 ” The light of the body is the eye: If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” The slightest interest in our old nature which is our sin nature will bring sin into our life. We are to take the attitude that we are not going to harbor sin in our life.
The inner life must overcome the flesh or the flesh will overcome and destroy the inner life. A.W. Tozer
Matthew 5:21-22 ” Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgement: But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgement: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Jesus begins to draw a definite distinction between the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees and the true righteousness that citizens of the Kingdom of God must strive to attain. Israel looked to the scribes as religious leaders, the most truly righteous of the nation. But the many confrontations with Jesus shows them to be full of hypocrisy and lovers of praise and honor of men. Read Matthew 15:1-9, Mark 12: 38-40. In the eyes of man they looked great but when they set themselves or compared themselves to Jesus the Word of God, there true wickedness was shown. Jesus proceeds to better define what exactly true righteousness is by clear and painful examples. He begins with the 6th commandment, thou shalt not kill. He begins to teach the law of Christ. He says you have heard the law of Moses but I’m here to tell you the law of Christ. This was the fulfillment of the law that we spoke about in the last blog. So in other words It was said to you by God through Moses of old time but I say unto you, I am God’s new utterance, I am the better covenant. What was it they had known of old, that if the sin of not killing was abstained from, as long as they didn’t strike the final blow, as long as they didn’t kill in cold blood, that they were righteous in the eyes of the law. But Christ says murder is deeper than that, murder begins with a seed in the depths of the heart. 1 John 3:15 “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” Christ is getting to the root cause of the problem. So we see the act of murder is not the only thing to be judged but the seed of murder also. Christ says the first sin of murder is silent hate or anger. These are the ones who nurse their feelings, they keep it on the burner, they meditate and constantly think on it. People who because someone did something to them 20 years ago will not forget it. The second thing he says whosoever shall say to his brother Raca shall be in danger of the council. This is murder with words, empty words. Today’s language it would be calling someone good for nothing. Breaking people down with words, destroying their self-image. We as Christians really need to think about this the next time we start to make fun or talk about someone. Not only is it hate, it is murder. Many of people’s character has been assassinated and murdered by another child of God. So Christ tells us don’t silently hate your brother and don’t verbally kill your brother. But the third thing is don’t verbally curse them. Literally wishing that a person would be dead. A believer should never curse another, use violent words against one another. As Christ says you will be in danger of hell fire. Human hearts cannot try the heart, so Jesus teaches us that the real danger in such anger and hatred lies in judgement not of man but before the Almighty God. None of us have probably ever murdered physically another person. But what about with our words? It’s painful but true.
Matthew 5:17 ” Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
Jesus says these scriptures because this is what the scribes and the Pharisees perceived of the Lord Jesus Christ. They saw Him as a threat coming to destroy the law of Moses. As far as they were concerned Christ was a destroyer and a threat to everything they stood for. Why, because Christ healed the sick on the Sabbath, He abolished the food laws, He was bringing a new teaching into Judaism and trying to break the old ties. They saw Him as setting Himself above the law of Moses to change it. That’s why in John 5:18 Therefore, the Jews sought the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the sabbath but said also that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God. But what they didn’t realize is Christ didn’t come to do away with the law but to fulfill the law. The word fulfill means to make full, it means to complete something that was incomplete bringing to perfection something that was imperfect. It was a shock to the people and they considered it blasphemy because He was placing Himself as the exact fulfillment of all of the word of God. The tendency today is to do away with the Old Testament. But what we must realize is that every bit of scripture points to Jesus Christ. And by Him fulfilling the law He is saying I am raising the standard of the law. How did He do that? By being the only man ever who was able to obey the 10 commandments, the ceremonial law, and all that Moses taught. He fulfills all the types and symbols. The judicial law He fulfilled because he personified perfect justice, righteousness and holiness. J.C. Ryle says the Old Testament is the germ of Christianity. The Old Testament is the bud of the New Testament flower. Christ didn’t come to smash the law but actually get it to a place it had never been before. That is Matthew 5:18. But as we must see the purpose of the law was not salvation. The Jews didn’t get to heaven by keeping the law. The purpose was to show the sinfulness of mankind to themselves. It was like a mirror with the condemnation of the law. They were guilty before God. and the only penalty for sin was death. So God because He is a righteous and a Holy God demanded a penalty for our sins. It was Jesus Christ that fulfilled the penalty. The message of the New Testament is Christ died for the ungodly. Christ in His death satisfied the demands of God’s law. Paul says that we are no longer under condemnation. For the law was fulfilled by Christ blood on Calvary. What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus! No we are not under the law of Moses but we are under the law of Christ.
Matthew 5:14 : Ye are the light of the world, a city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
Jesus came into this world to raise up new lights in the church of Jesus Christ. His disciple as we saw now would be the salt, the remedy against human corruption. And now we see they where to be lights against human ignorance and just as the Lord came into the world as the light of the world, now he turns to His disciples as he anticipates leaving the world and He says, Ye are the light of the world. I wonder if we realized that we are to bear witness to the light in this world of darkness. John 3:19-21. What a compliment it is to be the light of the world as John 9:5 says as long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. But that means since Christ has went back to heaven he has called us to do what he did. We are to take over where he left off. The darker the world the brighter he wants your light to shine. Look at the lighthouse that stands tall and bright in the darkest of places. It is needed in the most darkest hour. What a privilege to be able to guide a soul in darkness to a safe place of refuge. That’s why we must be the light. Light promotes life. Grass, trees, plants, and they say even broken bones grow better in the sun. Light is persistent. It can go into the deepest, smallest crevices. Light awakens. Of a morning you will hear all of nature come alive. And we are to be that light. It may be more comfortable to be a secret disciple, but Christ tells his disciples you must let your light shine, you must be like a city set on a hill, you must be that candle on the candle stick. In other words your light must be visible. Your primary duty is to be seen as a Christian. One man said there is know such thing as secret discipleship for either the secrecy destroys the discipleship or the discipleship destroys the secrecy. You can’t be a follower of Christ and nobody no about it. The only way for your light to work is to let it shine. Christians are meant to be the world’s standard, we are the one’s to show the world around us what is right and what is wrong. 2 Corinthians 4:3 “But if our gospel be hid it is hidden to them that are lost. Let’s go win the Lost and Let’s let our light shine.
The Bible is not the light of the world, it is the light of the church, but the world does not read the bible, the world reads christians! “Ye are the light of the world.” Charles Spurgeon