SERMON TEXT: Matthew 5:17-20

SCRIPTURES REFERENCED: Matthew 9:13, Romans 3:20, Romans 7:7-8, James 2:10, Romans 3:26, Romans 5:8, Matthew 11:28-29, Colossians 1:12, Matthew 12:1-2;7-8, 

NEW CITY CATECHISM: Question # 9 |What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments? First, that we know and trust God as the only true and living God. Second, that we avoid all idolatry and do not worship God improperly. Third, that we treat God’s name with fear and reverence, honoring also his Word and works.


  1. The Permanence of God's Law
  2. The Fulfillment of God's Law
  3. Obedience to God's Law


My husband tells me, ‘You’re too intensive a mother. Why do you volunteer so much at school?’” she said. “And I say, ‘Because it’s important that his principal sees me, that his teacher knows that I’m that mother, the one who is there, not one of those mothers, who isn’t.’
— Brigid Schulte, Overwhelmed
Indeed, in the world beyond grade school, where adults must exercise their moral knowledge and reasoning to conduct themselves in the society, the stakes are greater. There, consistency demands that we acknowledge the existence of moral facts. If it’s not true that it’s wrong to murder a cartoonist with whom one disagrees, then how can we be outraged? If there are no truths about what is good or valuable or right, how can we prosecute people for crimes against humanity? If it’s not true that all humans are created equal, then why vote for any political system that doesn’t benefit you over others?
— Justin P. McBrayer, The New York Times
How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.
— Martin Luther King Jr., Letters from Birmingham Jail

“You have a traitor there, Aslan,” said the Witch. Of course everyone present knew that she meant Edmund…

”Well,” said Aslan. “His offence was not against you.”

”Have you forgotten the Deep Magic?” asked the Witch.

”Let us say I have forgotten it,” answered Aslan gravely. “Tell us of this Deep Magic.”

”Tell you?” said the Witch, her voice growing suddenly shriller. “Tell you what is written on that very Table of Stone which stands beside us? Tell you what is written in letters deep as a spear is long on the firestones on the Secret Hill? Tell you what is engraved on the sceptre of the Emperor-beyond-the-Sea? You at least know the Magic which the Emperor put into Narnia at the very beginning. You know that every traitor belongs to me as my lawful prey and that for every treachery I have a right to kill.”

”Oh,” said Mr Beaver. “So that’s how you came to imagine yourself a queen - because you were the Emperor’s hangman. I see.”

”Peace, Beaver,” said Aslan, with a very low growl. “And so,” continued the Witch, “that human creature is mine. His life is forfeit to me. His blood is my property.”

”Come and take it then,” said the Bull with the man’s head in a great bellowing voice.

”Fool,” said the Witch with a savage smile that was almost a snarl, “do you really think your master can rob me of my rights by mere force? He knows the Deep Magic better than that. He knows that unless I have blood as the Law says all Narnia will be overturned and perish in fire and water.

”It is very true,” said Aslan, “I do not deny it.”

”Oh Aslan!” whispered Susan in the Lion’s ear, “can’t we - I mean, you won’t, will you? Can’t we do something about the Deep Magic? Isn’t there something you can work against it?”
— The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Instead, faith is God’s work in us, that changes us and gives new birth from God. (John 1:13). It kills the Old Adam and makes us completely different people. It changes our hearts, our spirits, our thoughts and all our powers. It brings the Holy Spirit with it. Yes, it is a living, creative, active and powerful thing, this faith. Faith cannot help doing good works constantly. It doesn’t stop to ask if good works ought to be done, but before anyone asks, it already has done them and continues to do them without ceasing.
— Martin Luther, Commentary on Romans
If you don’t see the permanence of God’s law, you won’t see Jesus’ fulfillment for you as sweet. If you don’t see Jesus’ fulfillment of it for you as sweet, you won’t want to follow it.
— Nick Bogardus



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