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Day 8 - The Law and the Christian

Over the next few chapters, Jesus deals with the Christian life - How the Christian is to live.

Day

Passage

Matthew 5:13-20


Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

The Fulfillment of the Law

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Questions

1.What does it mean to be salt and light in the world? How does it describe the Christian life?

2.Many Christians feel that the Law is irrelevant to the Christian life. But Jesus seems to say otherwise. What does vs 18 say about the Law? 

3.What does vs 20 mean for us? What is the motivation for observing the Law according vs 13-20?

4.What does vs 19 mean? Will there be gradations on the kingdom of heaven?

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