Keys to Understanding

  1. Remember the original audience.
  2. Know the historical context.
  3. Understand the continuity between “not abolish” and “fulfill.”
  4. Realize the meaning of “the law.”
  5. The purpose of the thesis statement and the following teaching is to promote a “greater righteousness.”


  1. Jesus is the essence of Scripture. (5:17)
  2. The value of Scripture stretches to eternity. (5:18)
  3. Life is to be lived in submission to Scripture. (5:19-20)