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In his second example of the kind of righteousness which exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, Jesus hits right at the heart in dealing with the righteousness of pure desires. External measuring-up to the letter of the Law isn't what God is after - he wants heart-level desire for what is right.
The kind of righteousness which exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees is one which is illustrated by 6 examples that Jesus gives at the end of Matthew 5. The first example teaches us that kingdom righteousness is a righteousness of peace.
One of the clearest pictures we can have of the person of Christ is what we read in the book of his Revelation. The end of the matter is that Jesus Christ is in himself worthy and glorious above everything.
Our union with Christ is the facet of what Scripture teaches us about the Savior which is foundational and integral to every single element of our salvation. It is important to remember at Christmas time that Christ came not only to be with us, but more intimately he came to be in us.
There was nothing that was potentially accomplished in the death of Christ - no results are left conditional upon what man does. His righteousness was fully completed, the world at large was objectively blessed, and his people were effectively redeemed.
Jesus is not only very God of very God, but also became fully man at his birth. In this sermon we discuss how to rightly understand his humanity, and also why a correct understanding of his humanity is so important.