Manual Know Thy God; He came to fulfill the law, not to Abolish It

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So likewise he that maketh light and base account of one commandment, condemneth all; though he seem to honour the rest never so much. Though Herod heard John gladly, and obeyed his doctrine in many things, and so seemed to make some account of some commandments; yet because he would needs live in incest, against the seventh commandment, he did in effect contemn and break them all.

Herewith He doth expressly charge the Jewish teachers Matt.

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And this is also the practice of the church of Rome at this day, they account eating of flesh in Lent, and on their fasting days, a deadly sin; and yet they will dispense with treasons and murders of Christian princes. They allow of stews, they permit and pardon sodomy; and yet utterly forbid marriage in some estate, which the Holy Ghost calleth honourable among men Heb. We must therefore labour to have a high estimation of the laws of God, and this will be a notable means to draw us to a reverent fear and obedience towards the same.

One cause why men do not so highly advance the law of God as they ought, is because they do not sufficiently weigh the dignity thereof. In every commandment therefore, we must first deeply consider the weight thereof; then labour to understand it aright; thirdly, learn to admire the wisdom and justice of God therein; and lastly, endeavour to yield loyalty and obedience thereunto. Again, they plainly break the tenth commandment, which forbiddeth the first motions unto sin with delight, though without consent of will, by teaching that concupiscence after baptism is no sin.

And as they deal with the commandments, so deal they with the prophets, who give testimony unto Christ; for first, they destroy His manhood by their forged transubstantiation; secondly, they overturn His kingly office by making the pope the head of the church, and giving him power to make laws to bind the conscience. Thirdly, they overturn the priesthood by their massing priesthood, wherein they daily offer up an unbloodied sacrifice for the sins of the quick and the dead.

But seeing God in great mercy hath vouchsafed us this favour in this land that we should receive and embrace His holy Word, to publish and teach the same; and so esteemeth us worthy to be accounted a member of His church; we are therefore to rejoice in this mercy, and to praise God unfeignedly for this unspeakable blessing; and to shew forth our thankfulness, not only by teaching and receiving the truth of His Word, but also by yielding obedience in all things thereunto; yea, our earnest and daily prayer must be, because it is so great a blessing, to be counted worthy of His kingdom that God would continue the truth of His will to us, and to our posterity for ever.

The second conclusion : Whosoever shall keep them, and teach men so, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven ; that is, he shall be honoured in the church of God, and esteemed a worthy member thereof, because by this means, he endeavoureth to keep the law unchangeable for ever. In this conclusion two points are to be considered: the office of a faithful teacher, and his reward.

This order Christ propounds, and that doubtless on special grounds; first, because a man cannot with joy and comfort fitly teach others, before himself being a doer of the thing he teacheth; for if a man teach others, from the instruction of the Spirit, he shall find his own heart inclined by the same Spirit, to be obedient to the Word he teacheth. Again, the experience of the fruit and efficacy of the Word, in his own person, is the best commentary a man can have, for the opening of it unto others.

The writings of men with the knowledge of arts and tongues, are excellent helps; yet if a man want the Spirit of God, framing his heart to believe and obey the Word he teacheth, whereby he should become a doer of it; doubtless the Word will seem but a dream or riddle unto him, neither can he fitly apply the same unto others, having never had experience of it in his own soul.

He propoundeth not the conversion of the people, as a property of a faithful teacher, but the doing and teaching of the will and Word of God. And doubtless a man may be a faithful teacher, and yet not convert many unto God; hence the prophet complains that he had laboured in vain, and spent his strength in vain Isa. Nay, the same prophet is sent to blind the eyes of his people, to make them dull of hearing, and to harden their hearts by his ministry Isa. So that a minister mourning truly for his people, to see their hardness of heart, may comfort himself with this: that in a good conscience he endeavoureth to obey the Word of God, and to teach men so.

This must be remembered, to incite all ministers to become faithful teachers, both in life and doctrine. Now hereto, Christ should answer thus: I say unto you, except your righteousness exceeds theirs, ye cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven.

I come not to abolish the law and prophets but to fulfill - must we keep law for salvation?

In this verse are three points to be handled: First, what these Scribes and Pharisees were; secondly, what was their righteousness; and thirdly, what is that true righteousness, whereby a man may enter into the kingdom of heaven, and stand just before God. For the first, a Scribe is a name of office, whereof there were two sorts among the Jews: Civil , who as public notaries did register the affairs of princes; and such an one was Shimshai Ezra ; and Ecclesiastical , who were employed in the expounding of the Scripture; such an one was Ezra Ezra ,5,6.

And those of whom our Saviour Christ saith Matt. And such Scribes are meant in this place; to wit, men in ecclesiastical office, descending from the tribe of Levi, who expounded the law unto the people; and these were all one with the Priests and Levites, under the law; and therefore Ezra is called both a Scribe and Priest Neh. The name Pharisee betokeneth a sect, not an office; for there were three special sects among the Jews; the Essenes, the Sadducees and the Pharisees. The Essenes were like popish monks and friars, which did separate themselves from the people, vowing and dedicating themselves to live in perpetual sanctity.

The Sadducees were a sect that did expound the law, according to the letter and syllable, and withal denied the resurrection and the immortality of the soul, as is plain Acts The Pharisees were such as did forsake the common exposition of the Scribes, and taught and framed a more exact and strict exposition of the law, according to the traditions of the fathers; and they were most holy outwardly, and of chief account among the Jews; and therefore the apostle Paul saith Acts , that after the most strict sect of their religion he lived a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee.

Yet besides these three were another sect, called Herodians, who as some think were courtiers, which held and taught that Herod was the Messiah.

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What was the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, which is here so debased, as being unable to bring a man to heaven? By the tenor of Scripture it will appear that it was Luke ; Matt. So likewise, many are content to rest from their ordinary labours on the Sabbath day, but few are careful to consecrate their rest unto God.

Men be careful to abstain from actual murder, but few make conscience of malice, hatred, reviling and quarrelling. Many hate theft that yet will not stick to rob their neighbours of their good name by vile reports. Many are ashamed to rob openly that make no bones to deceive by false weights and measures, by glosses and such like. And yet all these will bless themselves with their outward righteousness, and think all is well, not doubting but they shall be saved by it, though they have no more.

But this is Pharisaical pride and folly; for all such outward righteousness is here condemned as unable to save the soul. Again, here we mat see the palpable and gross opinion of all worldly men, even of those who commonly are called honest men. If they be told of their sins, and of the danger of damnation except they repent; their answer is that they are no thieves, no murderers, no gross sinners, and therefore they hope God will save them; for they live orderly, and do no man wrong.

But let all such take heed lest they deceive their own souls, for this civil honesty was the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, which could neither bring them, nor any other, into the kingdom of heaven, as Christ the God of truth saith expressly in this place. To give alms, to fast, to pray and to deal uprightly with men, be very good things; but yet we must labour for more than these, if ever we mean to come to heaven.

We must get another righteousness of the heart, renouncing utterly our own righteousness, in the matter of justification, and condemn ourselves for our best actions, that so we may be fit to receive that true righteousness which will commend us to God. What is that true righteousness which will bring a man to heaven? Answer : It is the righteousness of Christ 1 Cor. Answer : The same righteousness that is in Christ is ours, but not in the same manner or measure; for Christ hath it by merit and action of Himself; we have it only by mercy and imputation. It is in Christ as a root and fountain, in us by reception and application; like the light in the moon and in the stars [ planets ], which is not in them originally, but received from the sun, the fountain thereof.

Answer : We may safely say that Christ was made a sinner by our sins, not actually, but by imputation. Now hence it will not follow that He should be the child of the devil, for that cometh by the act and habit of sinning, after sinful conception; all which our Saviour Christ was freed from; for at the very time when He bare our sins, He was in Himself more holy than all men and all angels.

Answer : It is made ours by saving faith, which the Holy Ghost creates in the heart and soul, as an hand whereby we may lay hold on Christ, and apply His righteousness unto ourselves, as He is offered unto us in the promises of the gospel. Doth that righteousness whereby we must be justified and saved in the day of our Lord, come from Christ only, and not from ourselves? Then we see what just cause we have to humble ourselves, and to acknowledge our great unrighteousness, and want of all goodness in ourselves; and when we can do this unfeignedly, we have gone one step in the way to true happiness.

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Secondly, we also must hereby learn to esteem all things as dross and dung Phil. Thirdly, we must hunger and thirst after Christ and His righteousness, for it is the fountain of all blessedness, and without it we are most miserable; yea, though we had all the world besides, yet without it we lose our salvation. Now what will it profit a man to win all the world, if he lose his soul Mark ?


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We must not content ourselves with an outward holiness, for that will never bring a man to heaven; but our endeavour must be for inward holiness, whereby we shall be preferred with God above all the Pharisees in the world, and get assurance of eternal happiness. And this faith we must shew forth in all holy exercises; as when we hear the Word, we must lend the inward ear of the heart, with the bodily ear; and when we fall down to prayer, we must bow the knees of our hearts; and in fasting from meat, we must abstain from sin; yea, in all things we must be careful to serve God in spirit and truth; for which cause, we must pray with David, Lord renew a right spirit within me Psa.

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This sheweth the dependence of this verse upon the former. Truly, I say unto you. The thing He saith is this: Till heaven and earth perish, one jot or tittle of the law shall not pass. Till heaven and earth perish That is, never; so much this phrase insinuateth; for though heaven and earth shall be changed in regard of their qualities, yet the substance of them shall never pass to nothing; and in this sense is the word till used elsewhere; 1 Sam. Till all things be fulfilled That is, till everything commanded in the law be done, so as it shall no more urge a man to any obedience; which shall never be, for it must eternally be fulfilled; so that this phrase hath the like sense with the former, importing thus much: even for ever and ever.

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