(Matthew 5:17- “Do not think that I came to do away with or undo the Law [of Moses] or the [writings of the] Prophets; I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.) Jesus didn’t come to cancel the law of Moses, He came to fulfill it (bring it to completion).
The Israelites had a distant relationship with God and had to obey a bunch of rules to sustain them until Jesus came. We are to be perfect like God is perfect. Perfect also means to bring to completion. The law was imperfect, so Jesus came to complete it.
He said “the men of old” “you have heard” which is past tense. He was letting the disciples know that things were changing, teaching them how people live when they have a personal relationship with God and are led by the spirit.
1. How has having a personal relationship with God changed your life?
2. If you could describe the Gospel in 1 word what word would you use? Why?
(1 John 4:8- The one who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love. [He is the originator of love, and it is an enduring attribute of His nature.]) Since the Israelites had a distant relationship with God they didn’t know how to love. If I had to describe the Gospel using 1 word, it would be love. (John 3:16) God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to die for us. The greatest love is shown when a person lays down his life for his friends. (John 15:13) (John 14:31- but I will freely do what the Father requires of me so that the world will know that I love the Father. Come, let’s be going.) (Ephesians 5:2- Be full of love for others, following the example of Christ who loved you and gave Himself to God as a sacrifice to take away your sins. And God was pleased, for Christ’s love for you was like sweet perfume to Him.) Jesus is our perfect example of love. Him dying on the cross is an example of how we can show God we love Him; by laying down our life. His love for us represents how we should love others.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Jesus’ love compels us to love. The law summed up is love your neighbor as yourself. (1 Peter 4:8- Above all, have fervent and unfailing love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins [it overlooks unkindness and unselfishly seeks the best for others].) (Philippians 1:9- My prayer for you is that you will overflow more and more with love for others, and at the same time keep on growing in spiritual knowledge and insight,)
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Jesus didn’t give up on us.
He was selfless
He was humble
He doesn’t force us to love Him.
He put us first
He put up with anything (He was beaten and whipped).
Kept going to the end (the cross).
(John 14:26- But when the Father sends the Comforter instead of me*—and by the Comforter I mean the Holy Spirit— He will teach you much, as well as remind you of everything I myself have told you.) Jesus laid down His life for us and in return we are to lay down our lives for Him and the Holy Spirit will come reside in us.
Some of the things mentioned were sexual immorality, impurity (love is pure because it comes from God), hostility, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, disputes, etc. These things are the complete opposite of love. It’s Jesus was teaching the disciples not to do.
When we get saved we have to renew our mind and change our ways. The Holy Spirit teaches us how to live a life that pleases God.
(Romans 12:2- Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how His ways will really satisfy you.)
The Israelites weren't mature enough at Mount Sinai, so God gave them the law to keep them grounded until Christ came. Now everyone can go directly to God (have a personal relationship with Him). The law used to be our teacher and now the Holy Spirit is our teacher. When we’re empowered by the Holy Spirit we are perfect as our Father is perfect.
3. What did you get out of today’s lesson?