Faith of Jesus Daily Devotional - Day 15

kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.


kjv@Matthew:5:21 @ 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 judgment:

kjv@Matthew:5:22 @ But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: 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.

kjv@Matthew:5:23 @ Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

kjv@Matthew:5:24 @ Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

kjv@Matthew:5:25 @ Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

kjv@Matthew:5:26 @ Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

Previous Context: devotion:Matthew:5:17-20

We have come from a place in this sermon of considering where a righteousness based upon the work of Christ (received by the poor of spirit/meek/hungering and thirsty/pure of heart/willing to be persecuted for His name's sake/etc..) greatly exceeds the works based righteousness (minus Christ) of say the Pharisees and the collection of followers that He makes to be salt and reflection of His light. This grounded upon a promise going all the way back to kjv@Genesis:3 of God not man providing a covering for man's sin and bringing to utter destruction the serpent's rule by one Messianic seed.

What is God doing?

Now we come to the first example of how for the follower of Jesus that this exceeding righteousness might look. Remember that the follower is poor of spirit, he knows and accepts that nothing that he is able to say or do is going to be sufficient to satisfy God's mark for man, it is rather what Christ's work has done for us. Remember also that he or she is also hungry and thirsty for righteousness, not his or hers righteousness, but the righteousness of Christ brought over them. Christ fulfills the Law and also the promise.

God therefore is doing one thing/the same thing HE has been doing all along, laying out the case for man's desperate need of a savior and establishing that savior to be everything that righteousness demands in order for said savior to fully accomplish all that God the Father has promised.

What is man doing?

Man is replacing the Christ factor in this equation with the self factor, it remains what man is able to do for himself for God instead of what God for HIMSELF has done for man. Take the concept of murder. Man is approaching it that if he does this (not kill) for God that he has done well, he has earned himself points with God. It is not that he has done extra, it is that he has done what is minimally expected. But has he really?

In our shortsightedness we constantly fail to see it is not just murder because someone dies because of it, it is murder because it is a work of Satan the father of murdering that Christ has set out to crush as is anger without cause and hateful name calling etc...

So a man keeps himself from killing, what then has been accomplished? He still relies on his own power and resource and worthiness rather than Christs. He doesn't need a Christ typically in order to do that. Again though, is he really able to do all that the law not to kill truly requires? HE may deceive himself into believing that this is so, that he has met or exceeded the requirement, but God owes him nothing and the man has killed off the need for HIS Christ in so doing.

We come to the alter thinking to offer to God from us some gift, foolishly thinking that nothing/no one has ought against us, as if nothing lacking in us or our actions or our relationships exists. As far as we are concerned we are holy and just enough to offer up to God the insult that we do not need God's Christ gift, that everything God has laid out as evidence doesn't apply to us. Or we come thinking that it doesn't matter what others that we have injured might think, it is only between us and God and that God is willing to forgive anything as long as we continue to spend time with him occasionally at this alter. Brothers, let us not be so spiritually shallow!

What does this passage tell us about the about the commands and faith of Jesus that saints are to keep/guard?

The Law or commandment is never fulfilled completely by anyone other than Christ alone; ever. Righteousness requires that this completely be fulfilled before we can have true fellowship with our just and Holy God. Thus it is our faith in Him depending solely upon His fulfillment and God's resulting mercy that covers us, that effects upon us. If it is the commandment to love God with our entire heart/soul/mind/strength, then it is only possible then because of Christ's fulfilling work upon us. If it is to love thy neighbor, it is because of precisely the same. If it is to love our enemy, it is not because of anything less.

If it were left to that in our own power, what power honestly could we be said to have? to not kill? as if that is something special?

I will end with a question to ponder over the rest of today: Just a few verses ago we learned to think of this sermon as being addressed by Jesus to the "yous" plural on the mountain side, the collective body of Christ, the salt of the earth and the light lighting the entire room. Does this passage differ? Could it be said "yous" shall not kill? If a brother have ought with "yous"? While "yous" are at the alter? Whom are "yous" angry at without cause? In so doing are we not murdering the image of Christ publicly?

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