Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. Jesus fulfilled all of the requirements of the law on your behalf. You are not perfect, but thank God you have a perfect high priest! Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Heb Why did Jesus make such a big deal about the law in Matthew 5?
Jesus is saying you can either trust your own law-keeping performance or you can trust his. Jesus was born under the law and fulfilled the law to redeem those under the law so that we might receive the full rights of sons Gal Because of what Jesus has done we are no longer under law but grace. The good news is that his righteousness far surpasses the righteousness of the Pharisees and he offers it to you as a free gift Rm To the answer the question at the top of this post — was Jesus serious?
He was so serious that he suffered and died to redeem you from the curse of the law that he himself preached. Jesus was not exaggerating to make a point.
Neither was he using fear to push us towards dead works. He was telling us that God expects nothing short of perfection and that he — Jesus — is the only hope we have. Enjoy this article? No spam, we promise. Great post! I love how you show the literal and the way that we are redeemed without removing our hands and eyes, because we all know we would all be handless and blind by now if we had to do what this says. Thanks for sharing this, a great explanation of these verses and of how great is our Savior and how great a salvation we have, in Him alone.
But Jesus received the free gift of [our] sin that we might freely receive the unmerited favor of God, right-standing with God 2 Cor Grace that covers—nay, erases—is truly all-thwarting: when we believe that Jesus has done this for us, we are counted righteous RomGalJas And so grace triumphs, turning even the darts of accusation that the law would throw.
Good post. I think you missed the point of this verse. But really what was he comparing this self mutilation to? What was the example of self mutilation about? Everlasting torment in hell is the point of this passage. Why do most of the people at your church on Sunday sit next to you with their eyes in tact and their hands holding the hymnal? Is it because they are so good, without sin? The road is narrow and very few will get in. Most of us are headed to hell.
Even the good Christians sitting next to you at church. Your nice grandparent, loving pastor, childhood Sunday school friends. Yes, we are all going to hell. Unless we take extreme measures and really start to depend on the holy Spirit begin the sanctification process. I think the sin that Jesus is referring to in this passage is the sin of lust. Paul mentions in Romans 1 that those sexual sins that God willingly turns over to are the ones that are really the damning sins that seal the deal for eternity in hell.
I think you all are to. I hope that I take sin in my life more seriously and also think of eternity in ever lasting torment as a good motivation to not allow lust to rule me.
God bless all the people trying to really walk the Christian walk. God damn all the fake Christians leading others so effortlessly to torment for eternity. Yes, this is very serious, but I will not join you in cursing those whom God has blessed. With respect, I encourage you to get your eyes off your sinful self and onto your Savior.
The law is in view here but not a perfect keeping of it, which one can only do by seeking the righteouness of Christ. May I sugget you have misuderstood? I definitely think rdietz definitely misses the point here. Your lifestyle is totally run by legalism instead of the Holy Spirit sanctification you claim we need.
Now, I cannot stress Holiness enough but your are trying to be self righteous. You are trying to save yourself! If you sin once you probably are in turmoil the rest of the day and beg God for salvation again. These are just guesses, but educated ones. I know, i used to be there. But God opened my eyes through His Word. He showed me TitusEphesians — 9 and then the book of 1 John. The Valley of Hinnom was a despicable place where people would burn their garbage and offal.
This was the location where the Isrealites once sacrificed their children to Molech Jer William Tyndale also translated these three words as Hell in his New Testament tranlation. John Wycliffe translated these three words as Helle. The word Hell does not appear in the Hebrew or Greek translations, it was introduced into the English translation…. David, you might find this post more fitting for your thoughts on hell. Jesus is saying we should take sin serious. Plucking your eye out and cutting off your hand shows this seriousness.
However, sin does not come from ones eye or hand. Sin comes from the heart. It is the lust he has in his heart that causes him to sin. I agree and think this is the best interpretation, which also happens to be literal. Continuing the thought would mean we need to cut out our heart. Good News. God did that for us. Paul, I just started reading your page. I began searching for the meaning of Johnand I just went on from there, from your links. Your a blessing Paul. Thanks for explaining that verse on plucking out eyes and chopping off arms.
Jesus was serious about sins, and at the same time throught His ministries, He was opening up the way for Grace and to fullfill the Law and its requirements. No wonder the pharisees and suducees were mad at Him. Knowing us christians cannot fullfill the Law and be perfect, Jesus did that in order for all of us to be accepted and made righteous by Him.
Lets not forget that He imputed His own righteous to us, so now we dont have to worry if we are measuring up to Gods standards. This is quite simple actually, not being arrogant, but Christ forgives sins… His love is an ocean of mercy! What would be the point of forgiveness if this was literal.
But where told to turn the other. What im teying to say is God n Jesus are the same in which they have many mysteries that we as men make a big deal. It in the greatest most powerful book of all which is the bible. God bless. I wonder if the chopping off a hand and entering heaven without hand is figurative does it change to literal when speaking of going to hell? The plank in my eye kept whacking against my monitor and making it hard to focus on your point.
But indeed God is known to respond to us as we request, salvation for those who want to spend eternity with Him and absence from the Lord for those who chose to reject Him. But it does seem fitting for His character and His purposes, to draw all men to Himself as Savior. But i have struggled with lust for about 12yrs now. I love Jesus, worship, prayer, bible read daily, but sometimes I get swept away with lust with hours a day, doing the filthiest things… shameful. Could this be a demon?
I had a revelation about this that Jesus by saying this was living prophetically. What is required is the cutting off of that that causes you to sin. Now we know that Jesus was cut off from the living so the body of sin could be cut off in Christ. He became sin so that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ. I got saved at billy Graham mission England when I was seventeen.
I am now forty seven and for a long time I turned my back on Jesus got mixed up in drugs dealing as well which ended in my going to jail. Even though I was in a dark place god protected me I could easily have been killed yet he never turned his back on me. It has taken me a long time to get to this place of assurance of gods love. Jesus said my yoke is light let it be so. All glory to god. Good question, Peter. If Luke was the only thing Jesus said on the subject, we would be in a bind, but since Jesus spoke about this elsewhere we can let the words of Jesus interpret the words of Jesus.
His meaning is perhaps best conveyed in Matt. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Jesus is talking about putting God first.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us to Hope Not no one Matt No doubt there have been some who justified their hatred of others by telling themselves they were putting God first. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
Sin is serious but did he really mean cut off your hands legs etc? Its the human brain that sins and send signals to the body. Hiya, in Matthew 18, Jesus repeats what he said in Matthew 5 about gauging your eye out etc. If you read those verses in context, Jesus seems to be serious — not just trying to give us an impossible standard. What would you say about this? Yes, as I say in the post above, Jesus was serious. Jesus said what he meant and meant what he said.
The explanation is even simpler than this. Sin is IN us. Hence, the Grace of God given to all through Christ. He must do the cleansing becasue HE is the only one who can. Our faith must rest solely on HIS work not ours. I would like to think that by the time a person had wound up with no hands, eyes, or feet, they would realize that they still had sinful thoughts.
I imagine Jesus was dealing with people in his time much like the people in our time who try to excuse their behavior by not taking responsibility for their actions. Once we realize this simple truth, we are humbled and look for a Savior, we then put our faith and trust to Christ instead of our own self or ability.
Can we do it? Our part is to respond and let God help us. This is the way of life that we must aspire to and let God help us attain more and more. You have not read his words closely enough. He does not say he believes your hand ever causes you to sin.
When you ask yourself what part of it it is that causes you to sin, you know that the answer is that it is the mind, which trivialises life into a problem to be solved, causing dissatisfaction until it is solved. Unfortunately it cannot be solved by using the mind, because it is the attempt to make life into a problem to be solved which causes the dissatisfaction. So what Jesus is really saying is that Hope Not your mind is causing you to sin, then get rid of it.
He is not referring to your brain, or to your consciousness, but that voice in your head that tells you that what is right now God manifested is not enough. If you cannot be fully in the presence of God i. There are two kinds of people; those who take Jesus at face value — he said what meant and meant what he said — and those who say Jesus was speaking metaphorically. That said, I agree with you that the world suffers from the affliction of walking after the flesh and that this is a hellish path.
But Jesus goes further here for he is speaking of the law see the preceding verses in Matt 5 to a law-minded people.
Thank you for the thoughtful response. I am not a Christian in a religious sense, although I have started to look more closely at the teachings of Jesus, since I think that essentially what he was saying was that God is not some separate human-like entity watching us from afar, but that God is the totality of everything, and the glory of God is being fully present with this totality, of which we are as equally a part as a sheep or a mountain, which is perfect simply because it is the only thing.
I appreciate that your post was in fact a fair and nuanced reply, but the categorisation may put off some more dogmatic people from reading further….
Thanks for the comment. I have much to learn on this grace journey having been raised with a mix. I have to be reprogrammed if you will.
I do believe it meant to show us the seriousness of sin…. And yeah really if that has to be so…. I used to listen to people always down playing what Jesus said…. Oh this oh Grace.
I follow the many scholars who believe that Jesus, esp. Jesus sounded like many other rabbis of his day who said extreme things to reinforce the importance of their teaching. People took these teachings seriously, but knew they were overstatements for effect. They understood that Jesus did not mean this literally. Correct me if I am wrong, but you seem to be saying that Jesus wants his Mat.
I think the law vs. So one cannot say that you can interpret a verse in the Bible or any statement for that matter literally My Hands Cut Off figuratively at the same time. As I say in the post, I believe a figurative interpretation is My Hands Cut Off several ways and that Jesus wanted his law-observing hearers to take his lawful words literally. Excellent post Saint Paul. It is beneficial to know that the wisdom of God is manifold Ephesiansand Jesus always uses language perfectly. His words had a perfect meaning under the Law, and they also have a perfect meaning under Grace.
Under Grace all three of these things have manifold meanings for us. If we try to clean ourselves up or please God by our own efforts. Jesus knew what He was saying, and He managed to teach Grace while still upholding the Law perfectly, since He was still under it at the time. We are in the flesh. Paul, thank you. All of you…thank you. I hope we all meet in Heaven and have a laugh. He has an album named God shaped hole. Thank God He lets us repent…a lot.
God bless you all. Jesus… praise be his name, is saying that you need to change your life style and if making that changes requires you to chop off your hand or gouge your eye out then perhaps you should consider it, better that than lose salvation. Cutting remark Dream Explanation — Oversight A slip of one's tongue or to slip in a cutting remark in a dream may mean walking on a slippery surface in wakefulness or vice-versa.
In Islam, breaking relations with one's family is considered a major sin. Jubair Ibn Mut'in reported that Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu-Alayhi-wasallam has said: "One who breaks his family ties will not enter paradise. Strong and healthy hands represent the ability to give and take properly. The right hand symbolizes strong men, the left women.
If he can see their bones, it means that his wealth will increase. If they turn into marble, he will live long and always be happy, Hope Not. A hand bell in a dream also means a scandal.
Ringing a hand held bell in a dream means propagating falsehood. Holding a hand bell in a dream also means associating with a useless person, or it could represent a liar.
Ringing a hand bell in a marketplace in a dream means making a false oath. Severed Hand Dream Explanation — If a person sees his hand severed and while lifting such a hand, it remains attached to his body it means he will derive some benefit from his brother or son.
But if the severed hand is completely detached it means he will suffer some loss caused by his brother or son. Hand mill Dream Explanation — If one sees a huge hand mill in the center of a town in a dream, it means war and destruction and especially if he sees it grinding rocks or emitting fire or sparks. Otherwise, it means a plague if the hand mill is grinding spoiled and moldy grains, mud, or spoiled meat. If one sees the millstone tilted in a dream, it means rising prices.
If the hand mill is turning with nothing to grind in the dream, it means toiling aimlessly. If the hand mill turns using a wheel in the dream, it means prosperity.
If one sees the hand mill turning and not grinding in a dream, it means travels. If it turns for no useful purpose in a dream, it denotes the nearing of one's death. A pair of small hand grinders in a dream represent two loathsome partners that no one can correct or guide. Hand mill Dream Explanation — If one sees himself operating a millstone by hand in a dream, it means that he earns his livelihood following the required religious conduct, and earns his money from his own sweat.
A millstone in a dream also may denote loathsome actions. If a prisoner sees a broken millstone in a dream, it means that he will be soon released, and if he is under a death sentence, it means that the judgment will be rescinded, or that he may die before the judgment is carried out.
Constantly getting small cut in your hands is the symptom of dry skin. Despite expensive skincare lotion you put on, the skin doesn’t heal or heal tremendously slows. The root cause of dry skin is malnourished or nutrition deficiency. You may ask: What? Jul 02, · Provided to YouTube by CDBaby Not What My Hands Have Done · Hope Hymns Volume II ℗ Hope Hymns Released on: Auto-generated by YouTube. If you want to disable an opponent in a lightsaber duel, but not kill them, taking their hand off is a good option. It doesn't apply so much in sword dueling, because the effort required to cut through bone is too much, but this doesn't apply to lightsabers. Sep 21, · In practice, soldiers sometimes “cheated” by simply cutting off the hand and leaving the victim to live or die. More than a few survivors later said that they had lived through a massacre by acting dead, not moving even when their hands were severed, . Dec 20, · In the past with intrusive thoughts I attempted a few if I had the chance but if not I'd just result to self harm which is what I usually do. I don't want to cut off my hand though, I . Nov 15, · A high-profile crime of jealousy, kidnapping and mutilation in Russia is one step closer to an end after a court in Moscow Region sentenced a man to a lengthy jail term for chopping off the hands. Aug 02, · She clung to this fragile hope for many months. They’ve cut off my hands. “They are starving us” or “They have cut off my ears” or “They have pierced my eyes” or “They have. Never to part with it. And here he stands. I dare be sworn for him he would not leave it Nor pluck it from his finger for the wealth That the world masters. Now in faith, Gratiano, You give your wife too unkind a cause of grief. An ’twere to me, I should be mad at it. I gave my lover a ring. Nov 10, · So earlier this year I was in napal. On the tour we were staying at this place that an place you could spot a king cobra if you were lucky. I never saw any snakes except a quick view of one on a rock while rafting bye grrr. But anyways I saw on this nature show a dude got bit on the tip of the nose by a cobra. So he promptly cut off the tip of his nose and everything was fine. For surely there is a future; And thy hope shall not be cut off. New American Standard Surely there is a future, And your hope will not be cut off. King James Bible.
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