Words of Jesus
Part 2
 

Here is the famous words of Jesus called "The Sermon on the Mount." I would have loved to have been among those that sat to hear our precious savior teaching.

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Poor in spirit are those that are humble and see their need for the Lord. It is the opposite of self-made and proud not knowing that we are in need of God's mercy. It is so hard to get a proud person to repent and seek God.  That is why it is easier to get a child to come to Christ.  A child knows he or she needs help.

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

We may mourn over our sin and bring ourselves into repentance, we may mourn over the sin we see in the world, we mourn over injustice and wrong-doing, or we may mourn over losing a loved one. Whatever the Lord means here is in a sense that we mourn in such a way that God comforts us.

Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Meek means soft, gentle and not easily provoked or irritated. A meek person will consider the feelings of others. Take this literally. The meek shall inherit the earth. This is the opposite of boasters, proud and those that exalt self.

Mat thew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

The more we desire to have God's presence in our lives, the more we will have it. If we neglect His word, try to explain away His teachings and do not call upon Him, it is not His fault if we are empty and void.

If we seek righteousness then we will get God's righteousness. God pours out His spirit upon those that genuinely seek Him. Why do we only seek God for material things? He has so much better things for us.

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

This is very important. We can't expect mercy if we show none to others about us. God forgives us on the basis of how we forgive others.

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

We could take this to mean that if we are not pure in heart, we shall not see God.

Pure is to be free from moral defilement; without spot; not sullied or tarnished; incorrupt; undebased by moral turpitude; holy.
We will not like sin. If we see sin in ourselves, we will desire to be free. If we see sin in others, we sill desire to see them set free.

"Oh I want to see Him, look upon His face, there to sing forever of His saving grace, on the streets of glory, let me lift my voice, cares all past home at last ever to rejoice."

To me the ultimate despair would be never to see my blessed Lord.

Mat thew5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

This one is the very opposite of our human desires and wishes. Rarely do we see someone who desires to make peace between those that are disputing. The flesh desires to see people mad at each other. The flesh wants to hear the latest gossip. God says just the opposite. We should desire that one is reconciled to his friends instead of fighting with them.

Matthew 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

A great blessing is in store for those who are treated badly because they live godly lives. If we are mocked for our faith in Christ, happy are we.

Matthew 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Matthew 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

We should actually feel sorrier for the ones doing the persecution because they will face a severe judgment from God if they fail to repent of such actions. We who endure persecution will reap a reward in eternity that one one can take away from us.

Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

If salt or other spices are exposed to elements and lose their effectiveness, it is worth nothing. If we lose our mercy, meekness, love, godliness and lose our light before the world, we are good for nothing.

Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Matthew  5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

We are to live in a manner that reflects the character of Jesus Christ and not live any way the flesh desires to live. We are not to be ashamed of Him but live openly for Jesus Christ without hiding our light. This is done not to receive the praise of men but to bring glory to God.

Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

People sometimes make the mistake of assuming the Old Testament is no longer necessary. This is not true. Jesus refers to the scriptures many times as we will be studying. The only scripture they had at that time was the Old Testament. Jesus fulfilled the law. The law showed us that all have sinned and are in need of a savior from sin. Jesus came to fulfill that law, pay the price for sin and make a way for all who believe to be delivered from the curse of the law. The law says that all have sinned and sin brings death spiritually. Jesus made the way for us to be free from sin, free from the curse of the law and by faith in Him we can inherit eternal life. That eternal life was what we were meant to have originally before mankind fell away and sin destroyed the whole creation. Jesus reverses that. The only thing is that we have to repent and believe Jesus before this salvation can be ours.

Matthew  5:18 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.
Matthew 5:19 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.

This is the purpose for the particular study on the words of Jesus. I want to take the literal words of Jesus very seriously. Before we preach the gospel, we need to know what the gospel is and what it is not. If we teach wrongly, we will account for it before God.

Matthew  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.

The Scribes and Pharisees only had outward righteousness. They outwardly kept the ordinances of the law. In other words, they had religion. They did not however, have true religion undefiled before the Father which is to have compassion on widows, orphans and keep themselves unspotted before the world.

Matthew 5:21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
Matthew  5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

We not just forbidden to kill but we are not even to get angry without a cause.

Matthew  5:23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

Its hard to pray when your angry at someone.

Matthew  5:24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
Matthew 5:25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
Matthew 5:26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

If we let things go by without making them right, the offended one may fester with anger and it grow to the point where they retaliate in some way.

Matthew 5:27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

This is plain language from our Lord here. Too bad so many are ignoring it. God will give us power over sin if we desire it. We don't have to look and lust after things that will destroy our souls.

Matthew  5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

We surely need to watch what we look at and spend time viewing. What we see has a great influence upon us. It has the power to destroy us. If you eyes cause you problems with sin, stop looking at the wrong things.

Matthew 5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

If something is our lives is giving us trouble, causing us to sin in some way or causes us to get out of the will of God, we need to give it up. For instance if you were a person who cannot stand up to people easily, it would be better not to be around people that try to persuade you to do evil. Cut off that relationship if it continually wears you down and you aren't doing them any good either.

Matthew 5:31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
Matthew 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

Although we can get forgiveness for this and any sin, we are not taking this seriously. We are not supposed to take advantage of God's grace by going ahead and doing something by our own lust and then repenting. That is not true repentance. Repent means to change one's heart and mind. It means to turn away from sin and turn to God for both forgiveness and victory over sin. Our attitude should be to please God continually not go ahead and do what the flesh wants just because we know God will forgive us.

This commandment concerning divorce and remarriage is being ignored. As a result there are just as many divorces in the Christian church as there is in the world. We can't break the word of God without consequences. It is sad to see us ignore these words of Jesus. He doesn't make commandments just to annoy us, He makes them for a reason. This is not just good advice as some suppose, it is the word of God.

Matthew  5:33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:
Matthew 5:34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne:
Matthew  5:35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
Matthew  5:36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
Matthew  5:37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

We are not to swear because there is no way we can know for sure what is going to happen in the future. Instead we should say, "If the Lord's will I will do such and such."

Matthew 5:38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
Matthew 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

If we get to the place where we can live like this, we have gotten what they use to call, "The Victory."

We are not to take vengeance and get back at people. The attitude of Jesus when He was on the cross is a good example, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."

Matthew  5:40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
Matthew 5:41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
Matthew 5:42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Matthew  5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Matthew  5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Mat 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

It pleases God to see us kind to our enemies rather than getting even with them.

Matthew  5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Matthew  5:47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

To be perfect is to act in love, not in vengeance, strife and being contentious. I don't believe this means for us not to speak out against wrong. Jesus did that. His message about, "I was hungry and ye gave me no meat, " was an example of speaking out. We must preach the gospel and warn those that ignore the word. We do so in the spirit of meekness and never in cursing and vengeance. Never should force be used to spread the gospel.

Words of Jesus part 3
 

 
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