The Pharisees were the religious leaders in Jesus’ day and they were looked up to as a standard of righteousness. But Jesus came along and declared that these Pharisees are hypocrites who are going to hell. And then He points at us and tells us that our righteousness must exceed the hypocritical righteousness of the Pharisees. Does your righteousness consist of an external list of do’s and don’ts, or has God given you a heart-righteousness?
Matthew 5:20 – For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
0:00 – Matthew 5.20 is connected to the previous verses.
2:23 – Scenario – What must be true of me to get to heaven?
5:15 – Often, we are afraid to sound like Jesus sounds!
12:08 – Lloyd-Jones quote on the Scribes and the Pharisees.
14:32 – The ordinary person was in awe by these religious leaders.
17:26 – Notice how often Jesus deals with the Scribes and the Pharisees.
19:47 – A survey of the religion of the SCribes and the Pharisees.
24:49 – Luke 12.1 the Lord really sums it up.
34:22 – Can all of us be honest with ourselves?
43:40 – They were killing the Messiah but did not want to become unclean at the same time…hypocrites!
48:48 – We are not perfect; I recognize that.
53:38 – The following verses in Matthew 5 might have a legal feel to it, but the heart of the matter is people who are longing to serve the Lord.
57:57 – Closing prayer.