Matthew 5:17-20 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 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.”
Most of us once thought grace had replaced the law, but according to Jesus it did not. Paul went on to show that the law is good, and holy, revealing the sinfulness of man. But in many churches we were taught that we do not live by the law but by grace. Yes we do live by grace, meaning God sent His son to pay the cost of sin. But does that mean we are not to obey the law? God forbids, we are to obey the law, yet accepting Christ that we might do that which is right always in the eyes of God.
What did Jesus say to us, “That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven?”