In this part of the Sermon, Jesus introduces the importance of righteousness and righteous living for people in the Kingdom. Some might think that because we focus on God’s grace in saving us, Jesus was not as concerned about how we meet God’s righteous demands. Nothing could be further from the truth. Unless, Jesus said, our righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees and other religious leaders, we have no place in the Kingdom. Fortunately for us, Jesus also said that he came not to abolish the law but to fulfill it. He is the only person in history to fully obey the law, showing its full intent and satisfying God’s righteous demands. Jesus’ righteousness is credited to us when we put our faith in him.