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What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by unstoppable51(m): 6:53am On Apr 14, 2019
From FeedMeJesus.com

(Mat 5:20) 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.


Is there a righteousness that exceeds the righteousness of the Pharisees that one must have to enter into Heaven? What was Jesus trying to say in Matthew 5:20? let’s take a careful look at that scripture again.

First of all, what is the righteousness of the Pharisees that Jesus was talking about in that verse?


It is simply a kind of righteousness that comes through personal obedience to the Law of Moses, the Torah. It is also known as self-righteousness since it requires a personal keeping of the Ten Commandments and statutes.

Now why will Jesus say one must have a kind of righteousness that exceeds that of the Pharisee to enter heaven?

First is because the Bible calls that kind of righteousness (self-righteousness) a filthy rag before God.

(Isa 64:6) But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

What Isaiah meant by that “filthy rag” in that verse is not the usual kind of rag you use in cleaning dust from your car’s windscreen or shoes. It’s far more than that.

The word “filthy rag” refers to a used menstrual rag. An older form of sanitary pad used by the ladies in Israel as at the time that portion of the Bible was written. That was what Isaiah compared the righteousness of the Pharisees to.

Again, if the righteousness of the Pharisees that comes by personal obedience to the Mosaic laws could take anyone to heaven, then we may have something to boast of since we got there by our works. We could as well beat up our chests and mock those who couldn’t “work” themselves in.

(Rom 3:27) Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

(Rom 4:2) For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.

Lastly, the righteousness of the Pharisees is actually disguised hypocrisy. Among people, they pretend to have no fault or weakness as humans, making themselves appear as though they never sin in order to win the praises of men.

(Mat 23:24) Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

(Mat 23:25) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

(Mat 23:26) Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

(Mat 23:27) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.

(Mat 23:28) Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.


Claiming to be 100 percent all the time in their performance and trusting in their own abilities, they are hardly able to humble themselves to receive the grace and mercy of God for man.

So what righteousness supersedes this kind?

It is the righteousness of God in Christ that is received as a gift by faith and not works. This is the righteousness that justifies a man and qualifies him to not only reign in life but also to enter into heaven.

Through His death, burial and resurrection, Jesus obtained this kind of righteousness and freely offers it to all who would believe in Him as their Saviour from Sin and it’s penalties.

(Rom 3:20) Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

(Rom 3:21) But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

(Rom 3:22) Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

(Rom 3:23) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

(Rom 3:24) Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

(Rom 3:25) Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

(Rom 3:26) To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.


It is this kind of righteousness Jesus had in mind when He said in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and HIS righteousness……” That is what we have been called to receive in Christ. That is the righteousness that supersedes that of the Pharisees.

That righteousness has been given to you freely in Christ.

I hope this blesses you.

Glory to God!

Source: https://www.feedmejesus.com/2019/03/the-righteousness-that-exceeds-that-of.html

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Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by unstoppable51(m): 7:10am On Apr 14, 2019
Thank you Jesus

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Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by Lanrextop23333(m): 7:11am On Apr 14, 2019
Are the Pharisees righteousnes
Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by emeijeh(m): 7:11am On Apr 14, 2019
Righteousness devoid of "eye service"

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Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by nony43(m): 7:11am On Apr 14, 2019
Abeg make una help me, I be choir boy but now hustle no de gree me open my Bible
Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by dingbang(m): 7:12am On Apr 14, 2019
It is through faith that one is saved.


Amen.
Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by Image123(m): 7:13am On Apr 14, 2019
It is simply the righteousness given and stamped/authorised by God. Not the one authorised by social media or professor or atheist wannabes on NL or your friend or you, that's all filthy rags.

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Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by Nobody: 7:14am On Apr 14, 2019
The minute you realize you cannot be righteous all the time, and you cannot look good before men all the time, and you need God's help to be righteous for HIM, not so that people say you are a good person, that's escaping the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees

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Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by rattlesnake(m): 7:17am On Apr 14, 2019
Thank God...I think u go convert am to tithe matta
Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by Ayoswit(f): 7:19am On Apr 14, 2019
I wish the Muslims can be given thesame condition they give to Christians before commenting on their thread. undecided.

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Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by Nobody: 7:19am On Apr 14, 2019
Before you comment on this post, "certify that you Believe in God Almighty and Jesus Christ is the Son Of God and it will be posted on your profile". Can Seun and co do this for us Christians?

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Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by hisgrace090: 7:20am On Apr 14, 2019
Righteousness devoid of hypocricy.
Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by alBHAGDADI: 7:21am On Apr 14, 2019
Nice post

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Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by crunchyg: 7:22am On Apr 14, 2019
The answer is simple, to have righteousness that supers the righteousness of the pharisees is just to aceept Jesus Christ in your life as your lord and saviour, the righteousness that Jesus gives is more than that of the Pharisees

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Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by Nobody: 7:22am On Apr 14, 2019
OkaNaUbe:
Before you comment on this post, "certify that you Believe in God Almighty and Jesus Christ is the Son Of God and it will be posted on your profile". Can Seun and co do this for us Christians?

It is a good thing that we Christians don't have an oath.

Shows we are mature enough to handle any insults.

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Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by unstoppable51(m): 7:23am On Apr 14, 2019
OkaNaUbe:
Before you comment on this post, "certify that you Believe in God Almighty and Jesus Christ is the Son Of God and it will be posted on your profile". Can Seun and co do this for us Christians?
So what will happen to those who have never believed but have question or two before they do?

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Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by seeto: 7:24am On Apr 14, 2019
YOU HAVE BLESSED MY LIFE THIS MORNING! GOD BLESS YOU MORE!

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Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by YoungLionken(m): 7:25am On Apr 14, 2019
Jesus na the way, the truth and the light. No one go fit reach Him Papa except through Am...

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Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by Mitsurugi(m): 7:26am On Apr 14, 2019
Worshipping God in spirit and in truth. Do His will in the same vein. Not being HYPOCRITICAL
Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by jayAjoku(m): 7:26am On Apr 14, 2019
In simple terms the righteousness of the Pharisees is What is called Self righteousness. Which means they are the ones that declare them selves or their acts as righteous therefore their righteousness is not backed by a strong force it is partial because it is subject to the judgment of man.

However the righteousness that exceeds that of the Pharisees is the one that Only God gives And this righteousness declares man to be in right and perfect standing with God irrespective of his acts and deeds. God always sees him as righteous It means once God has declared a man righteous no one can say otherwise and this righteousness that God gives gives the man access to all things In Christ.

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Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by unstoppable51(m): 7:28am On Apr 14, 2019
seeto:
YOU HAVE BLESSED MY LIFE THIS MORNING! GOD BLESS YOU MORE!
Thank you bro
Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by Nobody: 7:30am On Apr 14, 2019
Ayoswit:
I wish the Muslims can be given thesame condition they give to Christians before commenting on their thread. undecided.

The conditions wouldn't be there in the first place if Christians hadn't proved to be bigoted and hateful hypocrite. We can see how this thread is without any form of curse or derailing and its gonna be same for other Christian threads that hit front page today, go and check Muslim threads that git here just two days and every Muslim thread that appears on front page every Friday. It's always full bile, hate etc from Christians

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Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by Nobody: 7:32am On Apr 14, 2019
tactius:


It is a good thing that we Christians don't have an oath.

Shows we are mature enough to handle any insults.


No. It shows that you are full of hate, lies etc.

ollah1:


The conditions wouldn't be there in the first place if Christians hadn't proved to be bigoted and hateful hypocrite. We can see how this thread is without any form of curse or derailing and its gonna be same for other Christian threads that hit front page today, go and check Muslim threads that git here just two days and every Muslim thread that appears on front page every Friday. It's always full bile, hate etc from Christians
Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by Nobodyperson: 7:33am On Apr 14, 2019
By donating millions in tithes!
God too like money like igbo man
Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by PAGAN9JA(m): 7:34am On Apr 14, 2019
Is it now

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Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by Nobody: 7:36am On Apr 14, 2019
ollah1:



No. It shows that you are full of hate, lies etc.


Morning sir.

Actually, I think that those who head to Muslim sites to complain and groan about how 'Islam is full of evilz' are annoying people, same as those who head to Christian sites and feel that 'Christians are annoying and evil'

The truth is, if I were running the site, there would be no need for oaths...and members of both faiths on this site should learn to ignore trolls.

I am aware of the history of the oath, I think Seun was in order to put the oath. But....it has not done much to deter trolls. The best policy in my opinion is to IGNORE them.

Starved of attention, they back off, and we can all go back to matured discussion.

Simple.

P.S The answer i gave was for the benefit of my Christian brother. If I unintentionally insulted your religion, I apologize.

Again I reiterate, ignoring trolls is better than giving them attention.

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Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by ekensi01(m): 7:37am On Apr 14, 2019
The Pharisees were known for showing up their righteousness in public.

Jesus said this that you have to do more than showing up in public, it have to be what you really are in the inside out.

Hope it's answered?
Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by unstoppable51(m): 7:38am On Apr 14, 2019
PAGAN9JA:
Is it now

Seems you're on the wrong post bro. This post is not a Christians vs Muslims post. Do not derail the subject of the post with stuffs like this pic pls
Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by Nosu(m): 7:43am On Apr 14, 2019
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Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by MataHarry: 7:43am On Apr 14, 2019
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Re: What Does Bible Mean By "The Righteousness That Exceeds That Of The Pharisees?" by Nobody: 7:44am On Apr 14, 2019
tactius:


Morning sir.

Actually, I think that those who head to Muslim sites to complain and groan about how 'Islam is full of evilz' are annoying people, same as those who head to Christian sites and feel that 'Christians are annoying and evil'

The truth is, if I were running the site, there would be no need for oaths...and members of both faiths on this site should learn to ignore trolls.

I am aware of the history of the oath, I think Seun was in order to put the oath. But....it has not done much to deter trolls. The best policy in my opinion is to IGNORE them.

Starved of attention, they back off, and we can all go back to matured discussion.

Simple.


I agree with you, however not everybody has that thick skin. These attitudes lead to unnecessary tension and hatred between both religions. Its 2019 and it's pretty nauseating that Nigerians take religion extremely serious to the extent of attacking each other. We all should respect each others religion or non religion.

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