by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
October 11, 1907---November 30, 1994
Matthew 5:17

Turn with me please to the fifth chapter of Matthew,
verse 17.

Today we deal with the sins of temper and passion,
which the. Lord speaks of as shutting out of the
Kingdom of God. Now we begin with verse 17. I want to
remind you that this Bible of ours contains God's
Commandments, and every child of God is to keep the
Commandments of the Word of God. We are not to keep
them to obtain Salvation, but we are to keep them
because of our love for our Lord and Saviour and our
desire to obey Him. Christ's death on the cross in our
stead, and our acceptance of Him as Saviour, is our
only way of salvation but after we are saved, we will
want to keep His commandments.

To say there are no commandments in the New Testament
is to belie the Truth. In verse 17 Jesus is speaking.
"Think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the
prophets: I am not come to destroy but to fulfill. For
verily I say unto you, Till Heaven and earth pass, one
jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law,
till all be fulfilled." God is unchangeable. The God
of the Old Testament is unchangeable, and the things
that were right and wrong in God's eyes are still
right and wrong in God's eyes today. He has never
changed. "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these
least commandments, and shall teach men so he shall be
called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven: but
whomsoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be
called the great in the Kingdom of Heaven."

There are commandments in the New Testament, friends.
Every child of God should keep these commandments.
Greatness or littleness yonder in the Kingdom of God
shall be dependent upon our obedience to the
commandments of our Lord found in the New Testament.
Are you reading your Bible every day? And are you
carrying them out in your everyday life? Remember, the
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