by Bishop Monterey D. Lee, Sr.
In our key scriptures from Matthew 5:13-30 this week, we are able to understand the following:
He teaches that we are the salt and light of the world.
Jesus teaches about the law.
He teaches about anger.
Jesus teaches about lust.
Victory is over the desires of the heart, and must be attained even if painful. Everything that God has for us is to save us from sin.
All of our senses and powers must be kept from those things which lead to transgression [wrong doing, offense, evil-doing, wickedness, and error]. If we desire the salvation of the soul, we must come out of the formal way of living and experience new life in Christ.
The seventh commandment forbids adultery [sexual sin] (Exodus 20:14).
God means something more than merely avoiding physical acts. Don’t tempt another person to impure [wrong] thoughts, lustful thoughts into sin. Don’t let your thoughts drag you into hellfire, but come out from all defiled thoughts and actions. Keep your mind pure, and real and have a clear conscience. This has to be something you want for your life in Christ.
You know the commandment which says: “Be faithful in marriage. But I tell you that if you look at another man or woman and want them, you are already unfaithful in your thoughts. If your right eye causes you to sin, poke it out and throw it away. If your right-hand causes you to sin chop it off and throw it away. It is better to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”
Jesus is saying come out of rebellion against God and His word. Get rid of it, and let it go! You have a choice to stop and to live free. Don’t allow the sin to bring judgment and condemnation to your soul. Get rid of a bad habit. Remove it for good and live.
Matthew 5:31-32 teaches about divorce.
In today’s teaching, Jesus is revealing to the disciples how to have victory over the desires of the heart. The multitude of people came from Judea, Jerusalem, Tyre, Sidon and from other different regions. Who came to hear the teachings that were being given to His disciples in a broader sense?
Jesus said: “If you are one of my followers, you are my disciple. This was not in the narrow sense to the 12, but to all that believe. Hear this message and believe my words. Submit to these words and be saved.”
How do you see yourself? Do you see yourself needing this word for your soul or not? Are you good with the way you live, or are you concerned about your soul? There is tender mercy under all the divine requirements. Grace and consolation of the Spirit will enable you to attend to them, live them, fulfill them, and have life from them. “If any man will do my will, he shall know my doctrine and discern whether it be of God.”
You will be blessed living in a vain [self-centered] world. The word that I will give you is greater than the law. It’s life. It is not to rule you. It’s to complete you. It is the rectification of diverse mistakes or a reformation to move you from corrupted willful mistakes that were given to you by the Scribes and Pharisees in their exposition of the law. Just believe this and you will be just fine. Not explained and verified, just given. Jesus gives the message of God and clarifies it with understanding. Believe, think, and do as God has instructed and receive the supernatural favor of God.