MATTHEW 5:20_But I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and the Pharisees…
The Greek translation for the word righteousness used here is, whatever is right and just within itself; whatever conforms to the revealed will of God.
If the Scribes and Pharisees couldn’t recognize Jesus as an extension of God then according to the above translation, their righteousness failed coming out of the gate!
Jesus was certainly just and conformed to God’s will – He was the very revelation of it. No one can recognize Jesus without recognizing His heart of love. The person who comes to Jesus with a willing and repentant heart, or the one who comes to Him kicking and screaming with a rebellious heart, end up the same way – drenched in love.
The love of Jesus is overpowering. It is life changing. It is heart healing. No force in this life is stronger. Any righteousness we have comes from the love of Jesus. When the Scribes and Pharisees’ saw Jesus’ miracles, they not only didn’t recognize Him, they said He was demonically possessed!
No wonder Jesus says our righteousness should exceed that!
Jesus Savior, I want to conform to Your will. I want Your will in my life. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is God’s will covered in flesh—I want His will in my life!