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Lesson 18

Jesus taught that it would take hard work to get into the Kingdom of God and there would be many obstacles to overcome. Struggling is part of the journey. It should be thought of as a joy. Christian struggle in the face of adversity, will bring praise to God from those who witness it. Speaking to a Jewish crowd, Jesus explained he was not destroying the law, but that he was fulfilling it. Those who enter into God’s Kingdom would have to know the law of God and display it, but it would not lose its validity until all was done. How do the laws of God shape your life? What struggles do you have when following God? Is life easier or harder when you follow God? When do we receive our rewards for following God? What will happen to those who lose their Godly saltiness? How and when did Jesus complete all things? How does the good example of believers affect those around them? How well did the teachers of the law know it? What important parts of the law did those teachers leave out of their lives? What laws should you develop more in your life? Who killed the prophets of God?

Matthew 5:11-20 Easy-to-Read Version
11 “People will insult you and hurt you. They will lie and say all kinds of evil things about you because you follow me. But when they do that, know that great blessings belong to you. 12 Be happy about it. Be very glad because you have a great reward waiting for you in heaven. People did these same bad things to the prophets who lived before you. 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its taste, it cannot be made salty again. Salt is useless if it loses its salty taste. It will be thrown out where people will just walk on it. 14 “You are the light that shines for the world to see. You are like a city built on a hill that cannot be hidden. 15 People don’t hide a lamp under a bowl. They put it on a lampstand. Then the light shines for everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven. 17 “Don’t think that I have come to destroy the Law of Moses or the teaching of the prophets. I have come not to destroy their teachings but to give full meaning to them. 18 I assure you that nothing will disappear from the law until heaven and earth are gone. The law will not lose even the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter until it has all been done. 19 “A person should obey every command in the law, even one that does not seem important. Whoever refuses to obey any command and teaches others not to obey it will be the least important in God’s kingdom. But whoever obeys the law and teaches others to obey it will be great in God’s kingdom. 20 I tell you that you must do better than the teachers of the law and the Pharisees. If you are not more pleasing to God than they are, you will never enter God’s kingdom.

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