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Overcoming My Feelings of Failure

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Matthew 5:48 ESV
You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Carson, D. A. (1984). Matthew. In F. E. Gaebelein (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew, Mark, Luke (Vol. 8, p. 161). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House.
Matthew 5:48 ESV
You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Nowhere is God directly and absolutely called “perfect” in the OT: he is perfect in knowledge () or in his way (), and a man’s name may be “Yahweh is perfect” (so yōṯām [Jotham], ; ). But here for the first time perfection is predicated of God
The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Volume 8: Matthew, Mark, Luke c. Conclusion: The Demand for Perfection (5:48)

Nowhere is God directly and absolutely called “perfect” in the OT: he is perfect in knowledge (Job 37:16) or in his way (Ps 18:30), and a man’s name may be “Yahweh is perfect” (so yōṯām [Jotham], Judg 9:5; 2 Kings 15:32). But here for the first time perfection is predicated of God

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Job 37:16 ESV
Do you know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge,
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Psalm 18:30 ESV
This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
Judges 9:5 ESV
And he went to his father’s house at Ophrah and killed his brothers the sons of Jerubbaal, seventy men, on one stone. But Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left, for he hid himself.
2 Kings 15:32 ESV
In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, Jotham the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, began to reign.
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Psalm 19:7 ESV
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
Psalm 19:
Leviticus 19:2 ESV
“Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.
Deuteronomy 18:13 ESV
You shall be blameless before the Lord your God,
2 Samuel 22:26 ESV
“With the merciful you show yourself merciful; with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;
1 Kings 8:61 ESV
Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the Lord our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments, as at this day.”
Genesis 1:26 ESV
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Genesis
Genesis 2:25 ESV
And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
Genesis 2:25
Matthew 5:20 ESV
For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter 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.” The scribes and Pharisees did have righteousness, but they had the wrong kind of righteousness. They went about trying to establish their own righteousness ( ). The Messiah was the goal of studying the law, and only he could provide divine righteousness. What is so sad as you study the gospel accounts is that the religious leaders had spent so much of their lives studying and learning, but they had neglected the Torah’s true teachings. How could this happen? Man’s traditions and interpretations of the scriptures blind men from seeing their need of Christ Himself. This is exactly why the Messiah healed on the Sabbath, because the religious leaders were not showing mercy to others; they were worried about looking pious on the outside. The righteousness that allows a person to enter into the kingdom of heaven is the righteousness that has been provided by faith in the sinless Savior ( ). The Lord Jesus the Christ is our righteousness Yehovah Tisedkenu! ( , )." from Matthew, the Hebrew Gospel by Carroll Roberson.
"— “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.” The scribes and Pharisees did have righteousness, but they had the wrong kind of righteousness. They went about trying to establish their own righteousness ( ). The Messiah was the goal of studying the law, and only he could provide divine righteousness. What is so sad as you study the gospel accounts is that the religious leaders had spent so much of their lives studying and learning, but they had neglected the Torah’s true teachings. How could this happen? Man’s traditions and interpretations of the scriptures blind men from seeing their need of Christ Himself. This is exactly why the Messiah healed on the Sabbath, because the religious leaders were not showing mercy to others; they were worried about looking pious on the outside. The righteousness that allows a person to enter into the kingdom of heaven is the righteousness that has been provided by faith in the sinless Savior ( ). The Lord Jesus the Christ is our righteousness Yehovah Tisedkenu! ( , )." from Matthew, the Hebrew Gospel by Carroll Roberson.
"— “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.” The scribes and Pharisees did have righteousness, but they had the wrong kind of righteousness. They went about trying to establish their own righteousness ( ). The Messiah was the goal of studying the law, and only he could provide divine righteousness. What is so sad as you study the gospel accounts is that the religious leaders had spent so much of their lives studying and learning, but they had neglected the Torah’s true teachings. How could this happen? Man’s traditions and interpretations of the scriptures blind men from seeing their need of Christ Himself. This is exactly why the Messiah healed on the Sabbath, because the religious leaders were not showing mercy to others; they were worried about looking pious on the outside. The righteousness that allows a person to enter into the kingdom of heaven is the righteousness that has been provided by faith in the sinless Savior ( ). The Lord Jesus the Christ is our righteousness Yehovah Tisedkenu! ( , )." from Matthew, the Hebrew Gospel by Carroll Roberson.
"— “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.” The scribes and Pharisees did have righteousness, but they had the wrong kind of righteousness. They went about trying to establish their own righteousness ( ). The Messiah was the goal of studying the law, and only he could provide divine righteousness. What is so sad as you study the gospel accounts is that the religious leaders had spent so much of their lives studying and learning, but they had neglected the Torah’s true teachings. How could this happen? Man’s traditions and interpretations of the scriptures blind men from seeing their need of Christ Himself. This is exactly why the Messiah healed on the Sabbath, because the religious leaders were not showing mercy to others; they were worried about looking pious on the outside. The righteousness that allows a person to enter into the kingdom of heaven is the righteousness that has been provided by faith in the sinless Savior ( ). The Lord Jesus the Christ is our righteousness Yehovah Tisedkenu! ( , )." from Matthew, the Hebrew Gospel by Carroll Roberson.
"— “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” The ultimate goal of a person in God’s kingdom is to be like God! The cultural and traditional teachings of the Torah had been lowered to fit their own lifestyles ( ). But the Messiah came to rightly explain the Torah, and this would guide the people to be more like the Father, not just like other so-called good people. When we read these kingdom standards, there is no way that we can live up to them, and this is the point. It is impossible without God’s presence in our lives. We admit that we cannot live up to these standards, then God forgives us, and we get back in the race again, setting our goal on being like Jesus." from Matthew, the Hebrew Gospel by Carroll Roberson.
The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Volume 8: Matthew, Mark, Luke c. Conclusion: The Demand for Perfection (5:48)

Nowhere is God directly and absolutely called “perfect” in the OT: he is perfect in knowledge (Job 37:16) or in his way (Ps 18:30), and a man’s name may be “Yahweh is perfect” (so yōṯām [Jotham], Judg 9:5; 2 Kings 15:32). But here for the first time perfection is predicated of God

2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Philippians 1:6 ESV
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 10:2 ESV
Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins?
Hebrews 10:2
Hebrews 10:1 ESV
For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near.
James 3:2 ESV
For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.
Completely in love
Completely in awe
Completely in touch
Completely dependent
Completely in obedience
The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Volume 8: Matthew, Mark, Luke c. Conclusion: The Demand for Perfection (5:48)

In the light of the preceding verses (vv. 17–47), Jesus is saying that the true direction in which the law has always pointed is not toward mere judicial restraints, concessions arising out of the hardness of men’s hearts, still less casuistical perversions, nor even to the law of love (contra C. Dietzfelbinger, “Die Antithesen der Berg predigt im Verständnis des Matthäus,” ZNW 70 [1979]: 1–15; cf. further on 22:34–35). No, it pointed rather to all the perfection of God, exemplified by the authoritative interpretation of the law bound up in the preceding antitheses. This perfection Jesus’ disciples must emulate if they are truly followers of him who fulfills the Law and the Prophets (v. 17).

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