RIGHT — ON THE INSIDE

What I am about to say is life-changing, heart-changing truth!

[SW111] 10/13/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Right — On the Inside”

Oh, if the Lord would enable me to clearly express His heart for you today!

What I am about to say is life-changing, heart-changing truth!

To review:

In the first few verses of Matthew 5, Jesus told His disciples they mus
understand their spiritual poverty,
and when they mourn because of it, and are humble before the Lord,
when they are hungry and thirsty for righteousness,
He would fill them.
Then they would have His love,
His hesed, His mercy,
His purity in their hearts.

And they would be compelled by His love
to proclaim reconciliation between God and man
through Jesus Christ.
They would not be able to stop speaking
of what they had seen and heard (Acts 4:20)!

THAT’S WHAT IT IS TO BE RIGHT — ON THE INSIDE!

That said, Jesus goes on to explain the standards God sets,
so they may understand their spiritual state,
and the Way
and the Truth
and the Life
only He could give them.

Matthew 5:17-48

Verse 17  He did not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. Why not?

— Because He is the fulfillment of prophecy,
the subject of most of the OT!
He is the Lord our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6, 33:15)
Whose goal is that you be
“clothed in His righteousness alone,”
on the inside,
filled with HIS righteousness!

–And He is the fulfillment of the Law. How?
The Law can only be followed if you are selfless, self-giving,
and self-sacrificing per Romans 12:1-2
(that is, offering all of yourself completely to Him).

–And only God can change our hearts so that you are those things.
The cost was His Son’s death on a cross.
The heart change came when His Son was glorified,
and the Holy Spirit filled the hearts of men and women.

IF you will agree with God about your spiritual state,
THEN He will change you
so you gladly and easily live by His standards (like breathing!)
because His love is in you.
And then His character will be revealed to and in you
more and more, as you walk with Him.

Obeying the Law is not external (do’s and don’ts)!
It is not being externally obedient,
but obedient from your heart
because He has filled you with His love, by His Holy Spirit!

Christ fulfills the Law
because He is the one and only Way
to forgiveness and fullness!

Verse 20 — Jesus continues:

— Do not annul the Law! Why?
It is a tutor to lead you to Christ (Galatians 3:24)!
It shows you your spiritual state,
so you mourn and are humbled
hunger and thirst and are filled,
and He makes you
RIGHT ON THE INSIDE.

— The scribes and Pharisees perfectly obeyed the law OUTWARDLY.
They took great pride in dotting every “i” and crossed every “t.”

— But Jesus says you must obey BETTER THAN THAT!
You must SURPASS that!
That word means SUPER-ABOUND, in quality and quantity!

The scribes and Pharisees were outwardly perfect,
but inwardly, Jesus says they were full of dead men’s bones,
and all uncleanness (Matthew 23:27).
It is the same for you, until God makes your heart pure,
and fills it with His love,
so you are RIGHT, ON THE INSIDE.

And you will not enter the kingdom of heaven,
unless your heart is changed.

Everything that Jesus teaches from this point
is to show you how un-right your hearts is, on the inside,
so you cry out to be cleansed and filled!

Verses 21-26

The Law says “do not murder.”
But that goes far beyond literally murdering someone.
You do the same thing when you are angry AND
when you hold a grudge.
These are also murder, in God’s eyes.

And if you do not agree with Jesus on your spiritual state,
if you insist on continuing to be angry and unforgiving,
you will indeed be delivered to the judge (He speaks to believers!)
and given over to the jailer, Satan, and sentenced to hell.

–If you do not forgive,
you will not be forgiven by God. (Matthew 6:15).
You have not recognized how He has forgiven you,
if you continue in your anger and bitterness.

But when He makes you RIGHT ON THE INSIDE,
you no longer do those things.
You are set free from them,
and love with God’s love —
the kind that forgives,
from the depths of your changed heart.

Verses 27-30

It is the same with adultery.
It goes far beyond the actual act,
to the very condition of your heart,
in that you have lust deep in your heart,
even if you don’t act on that lust,
but just think lustfully.

But when God makes you RIGHT ON THE INSIDE,
lust is simply gone —
you no longer lust after things or people.
It has been cleansed from your heart forever!

Verses 31-32

It is the same with divorce.
It only happens when
the husband, the wife, or both.
are not filled with God’s actual love.

If both husband and wife are truly Christ’s
and have seen their spiritual state,
and have cried out to be filled,
His love will makes them selfless,
and they love each other with that love,
because He has made them
RIGHT ON THE INSIDE.

Verses 33-37

The scribes and Pharisees
split hairs to determine how closely associated
an oath was to YHWH’s name.
The closer the association by their judgment,
the more binding was the oath.
If a person wanted to break an oath,
they went to the hair-splitters,
so they could justify breaking it.

But God’s love was NOT in their hearts,
or they wouldn’t be making and breaking oaths.

And the scribes and Pharisees,
by their hair-splitting,
perverted the Law
so the breaking of an oath could be justified!

They wrote scads of interpretations in their mishnah,
and people ran to them
so they could gain permission and justification
to break oaths they had made.

SO . . . Jesus said,
“No more vows!”

When God makes you RIGHT ON THE INSIDE,
you do what you promise.
You have no need for oaths or to justify breaking them —
He has filled your heart with His love,
so your Yes is Yes, and your No is No,
and there is no need for an oath or vow.
Your word is good, like God’s,
because God is in you.

Verses 38-47

Again, it is the same for the “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth.”
The scribes and Pharisees split hairs,
to determine when revenge was OK with God.

Your revenge-taking is NEVER OK with God.
He did not treat you that way (see Verse 45).

If He has made you RIGHT ON THE INSIDE,
you no longer seek revenge or to be justified for taking it.
You love those who hate you,
and you pray for them to know Christ.

Why? Because God has changed us,
filling us with His love,
so we show His hesed to them
just as He did to us.
Thus, we reveal we are sons of God.

Verse 48

Jesus shocks everyone! Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.
(He speaks to believers, His disciples,
and to us who call ourselves His followers!!!)

IMPOSSIBLE!
So say many churches and many Christians.
You’re absolutely right,
unless He has made you RIGHT ON THE INSIDE.

You see, He never planned for you
to try to be RIGHT ON THE INSIDE on your own.

THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TRUTH FOR YOU TODAY —
He Himself comes to dwell in you fully,
and it is His righteousness
that then emanates from you!

Do you see it? I teach the Law,
the Law of love,
the royal Law (James 2:8),
the one that the King of kings and Lord of lords
makes you able to obey,
when He makes you RIGHT ON THE INSIDE.

True Christianity is not “do’s and don’ts”
but a heart changed by God Himself
because you have realized your spiritual poverty,
have mourned and been comforted by the Comforter,
have humbled yourself before God,
have hungered and thirsted
for His righteousness
and have been filled!

Now you possess His mercy,
because His mercy, His hesed, is actually inside of you,
and you love with His love!

Your hearts are pure,
because His purity has filled you!

His message of reconciliation to Him
is on your lips!

He has made us RIGHT ON THE INSIDE,
and that is the perfection Jesus commands,
when He says:

Matthew 5:48 “Therefore   you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

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Author: Susan Wynn, servant of Jesus Christ

Healed by Jesus Christ of MS in 2001, in the middle of the night! Proclaiming His gospel, His healing, His heart. Author of From Death To Life--A True Story of Healing, Hope and Being Set Free. Our ministry: My Father's Place, a ministry without walls, proclaiming Jesus Christ to the world.

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