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“Keeping the Commandments,” Matthew 5:21-37

"By the words of today’s Gospel, Jesus dispels the myth that anyone can keep the commandments outwardly according to the Father’s will, for to keep the commandments outwardly means also and first to keep them inwardly, which no one can do. But all the more does this truth extol Jesus Christ as the keeper and the doer of the commandments. Jesus held no bitterness or hatred to anyone, only true, agape (sacrificial) love, even toward those who crucified Him on the cross, even towards us, that we have life. Jesus had and has a pure heart, desiring only our good, and He is faithful—always—to His Word and promise. And this He demonstrated, not with extra oaths and meaningless vows, but with the shedding of His blood on the cross, even that which is poured out, for you, for the forgiveness of sins."

Mt05.21-37, Epiphany 6 Sermon, 2.13.11.pdf

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