• Murder

    To illustrate what he had just said about going beyond “skin-deep” faithfulness in (Matthew 5:16-20), Jesus gives six examples. The first is about anger and murder.

    Natural Born Killers

    According to Jesus’ standard, we are all murderers at heart. Jesus expects us to be peacemakers instead. (Matthew 5:9)

    It is not enough to God if we simply manage to avoid killing others— we must actively pursue peace with enemies; inwardly and outwardly.

  • Christ Fulfills the Law

    Christ fulfills the law and the prophets — the Old Testament (Matthew 5:17)
    Civil Law, Ceremonial Law, Moral Law

    Christ validates the authority of the Old Testament (Matthew 5:18)
    The gospel is revealed in the New as well as the Old

  • Salt and Light (Matthew 5.13-16)

    Salt Fans: Roman Soldiers, Arab Traders, UCSD Researchers

    A World Without Salt

    Bland (salt brings a needed, sharp contrast)

    Lame (salt binds wounds)

    Rotten (salt halts decay)

    Note: Salt “loses its saltiness” (it’s “bite”) when it is diluted. “Blessed are the pure in heart.”
    (Matthew 5:8)


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