The Bible contains what some class as ‘difficult’ passages and verses; many of these are in what is known as the Sermon on the Mount.
Take Matthew 5 v 20 for example.
If this verse is taken out of context and not rightly divided with the rest of the Word (as many people seem to do) it can seem impossible to be good enough for God.
The trouble is that many think righteousness is about what you do, where we know that it is about who you are.
Righteousness is not about actions but position, your position in Christ.
The Pharisees and scribes were very zealous, they tried and tried to achieve righteousness through works of the law and they failed.
So how can we expect to be more righteous than them?
Well, we cannot, if we try in our own strength.
But the good news of the Gospel is that we are MADE righteous the second we become a new creature, the second we are born again (2 Corinthians 5 v 17 to 21).
So as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus our righteousness does exceed that of the Pharisees and scribes, as our righteousness is the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5 v 21).
And we have this as a gift of grace through faith, we were made as righteous as God not through our works but through the work of Jesus.
If you read this verse in context along with others it is of great encouragement and not difficult.
Because of Jesus you are righteous enough to enter into the Kingdom!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have been made righteous as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus and His finished work”.
Matthew 5 v 20…..For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven