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Explain Matthew 5:20

Please explain Matthew 5:20.

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 ---catherine on 6/6/10
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//...only word that will get a person into heaven?//
For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" ...But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim), because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Rom 10:5-6,8-9

The word is near...
in my heart (love),
in my mouth,
in my fingertips...
the word to you is love,
the Word to me is Jesus.
---aka.joseph on 6/10/10


1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus is the Word.. Love is the verb (action)
---micha9344 on 6/9/10


michael_e: "Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name(Jesus) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.tells us there is no other name"

That verse still doesn't answer the question: What is the one word that defines rightousness and the only word that will get a person into heaven?
---Steveng on 6/9/10


Who is His Righteousness? Boiled down, that is one word: Jesus.
---aka.joseph on 6/8/10

Very good aka
Amen

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name(Jesus) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.tells us there is no other name
---michael_e on 6/8/10


To Jews:Matthew 6:32-34 ...seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.

To Gentiles: Romans 3:25-26 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God, To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Who is His Righteousness? Boiled down, that is one word: Jesus.
---aka.joseph on 6/8/10




What is the one word that defines rightousness and the only word that will get a person into heaven?

No, it's not Jesus.
---Steveng on 6/7/10


Many good answers I particularly like Catherine's answer.
---mima on 6/7/10


The scribes and Pharisees were, above all, law keepers. They analysed and scutinized every aspect of every law to the point that the tiniest detail was proscribed. In so doing, they became very self-righteous.

Christ's followers did not necessarily eat with "dirty" hands (as they accused), just not washed according to the religious procedure. The Sabbath was so strictly proscribed that the Scribes and Pharisees lost all sense of mercy in Christs healing on that day.

A righteous man is more concerned with the Spirit of the Law than the letter of the law. Righteousness comes from the heart.
---Donna66 on 6/7/10


Speaking of loving. When you steal someone's money, you do not love. When you lie to have your way, you do not love. When you commit adultery, you do not love. When you bear false witness you do not love. When you kill, or take someone's life to protect your own, you do not love. When you wreck someone's reputation, you do not love. When you are wrong and you refuse to apologize, you do not love. As I see it no loving going on today among man. How come? Two reasons self-centered and pride. Both stinks in God's nostrils. Ahh. And then we expect God to bless sin. This holy God. Think again. Don't be stupid. Come on.
---catherine on 6/7/10


Catherine, you made some great points from the beginning. The only righteousness that is worth anything is the righteousness of Christ. The Pharisees did not have it as Eloy explained.
---MarkV. on 6/7/10




"'For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.'" (Matthew 5:20) Their righteousness had to do with outward acting out of what they decided the scriptures mean. But the righteousness of the kingdom of heaven involves how only God's love is truly right. God's love makes us pleasing to Him in "the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God." (in 1 Peter 3:4) And this love makes us *all*-loving: "For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?" (in Matthew 5:46) So, I'd say Jesus means we need how only God's way of loving can make us right.
---Bill_bila5659 on 6/7/10


The scribes and pharisees were teachers and leaders of O.T. Legalism of rules and regulations, but they lacked the most important thing, God's Holy Spirit. Jesus told the religious, you must be born-again of the Spirit and the water. Jesus says you must first clean the inside of the cup, and then the outside will follow, but the scribes and pharisees were cleaning the outside like whitewashed tombs full of dead man's bones and they were neglecting the more important things of God. "Woe to you scribes and pharisees, hypocrites, which require tithes of mint, anise and cumin: and leave the weightier of the law undone, regard mercy and faith, these ought you all to have done and those not to leave undone." Mt.23:23.
---Eloy on 6/6/10


Jesus
---aka.joseph on 6/6/10


Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
The Word is Jesus.
---micha9344 on 6/6/10


Steveng, We do not become righteous because of our inherent goodness, God sees us as righteous because of our identification by faith with His Son. I like what Josef said about this, too....Since the fall in the garden of Eden, people have been inherently unrighteous. I have often said, out loud, that only God knows what's right. Why we continuously seek God's council....The Old Testament>>>it is used to define our relationship with God and with other people. Obeying God is living righteously. Obeying God is the right thing to do...The righteousness of human beings is defined in terms of God's. [Isa. 64:6, Psa. 50:6, Jer. 9:24, Roman 9:14] Our righteousness is as filthy rags to God. Ours.
---catherine on 6/6/10


It seems that the pharasees was teaching one thing, and doing another.
The knew the word of God literally very well, but they lack in many application. they choose which laws to enforce, but lacked love and mercy.

Matthew 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in [yourselves], neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
---francis on 6/6/10


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What is the one word that defines rightousness and the only word that will get a person into heaven?
---Steveng on 6/6/10


Catherine Jesus explained it. "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat". They are quick to tell you what you must observe and do, but fail to observe it themselves. "They say, and do not do.
They bind heavy burdens that are grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders, but they themselves will not lift a finger to help them. But all their works they do to be seen of men."
They basically pursued the righteousness that was based on the law, yet did not succeed in fulfilling that law. Being ignorant of Father's righteousness, they sought to establish their own. The righteousness that far exceeds that, by which we enter into His kingdom, is the righteousness of God, embraced by faith in Christ Jesus.
---Josef on 6/6/10


supposedly during the life of jesus the most righteous people living were the scribes and pharisee,and their righteousness was not enough to gain admittance to heaven. jesus was actually saying that no living person is righteous enough to gain admittance into heaven.
---tom2 on 6/6/10


Matthew 5:20 reads --

"For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."

These are the words of Jesus Christ. He is telling his followers that they have to be "perfect", and "blameless", in order to get to heaven. From this passage, it sounds like the worldly scribes and Pharisees weren't "Good Enough". How can we become "Good Enough"?

Answer: Accept Jesus Christ!
---Sag on 6/6/10


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What the Saviour demands is a kind of righteousness that is so godly that it cannot be the product of human effort but must be the gift from God.....This righteousness Christ would establish in His life and death would be made available as God's free gift.....This is the righteousness that would exceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees.
---catherine on 6/6/10


Since you're always telling us that you frequently hear from God, I should have thought that you'd explain it to us.

Or did you ask the question so you could answer it yourself?
---Cluny on 6/6/10


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