Passage: Matthew 5:17-20
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Because Jesus has fulfilled the Old Testament, Kingdom citizens can fully embrace the Scriptures.
The disciples needed this. We need this. He didn’t say, “Try harder.” He reshaped their understanding of the law and it began with establishing Himself as the one who brings the law to its intended completion.
With a correct understanding of our Bibles in mind, with Jesus as the focal point, we can now live in good relation to God’s righteous requirement.
Matthew 5:17-20 "The Starting Point"