Least in the Kingdom

Re: Verse reading–Matthew 5:17-48 (day two) “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.” (vs 19)  Jesus is answering His critics.  They have noticed His flexibility with Sabbath, His different views on the temple and concluded that He is “abolishing the Law”.  Jesus denys it.  His purpose is to fulfill the Law, to press it forward to its original purpose.  He states that breaking or misinterpreting the commandments will make a person “least in the Kingdom”.  Does this surprise you?  Our rank and reward in the Kingdom is connected to the commandments!  I know many Christians who say “we are not under Law but under grace” (Romans 6:14) as if this frees them from any obligation to study or obey the laws of God.  Jesus never intended this to be so.  Maybe we have misunderstood our freedom and calling.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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