Word of Jesus Part 31
Luk 6:20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye
poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
The book of Matthew adds poor in spirit meaning humble or with humility. It
could indicate both as we could be poor in the sense that we refuse to follow
the ways of the world to get rich and increased with goods. This would be a life
of humility and choosing the greater riches of a life with God rather than
seeking the riches of this life only. Those that leave all to follow Christ have
to trust Him alone for their survival. They may not have riches in this life but
they would be rich in the things that count.
We see the Lord's word to the church in Smyrna who were poor in material things
but Jesus says they are rich in the spiritual things which are the only things
that count in the long run.
Rev 2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the
first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
Rev 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and
I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the
synagogue of Satan.
Rev 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil
shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have
tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown
Luk 6:21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye
that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
Those that suffer hunger because of their faith in Christ will be filled. Those
that weep over sins and the lost world shall one day laugh with the joy they
receive in Heaven.
Luk 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate
you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil,
for the Son of man's sake.
They that live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer ridicule for what they believe.
If one is shunned because of his faith, happy is he.
Luk 6:23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is
great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
If you read Isaiah, Jeremiah and others, they were very negative in their
preaching. They did not win any popularity contests in their day. They likely
would not be accepted today. I could just see their critics now among the church
crowd. They would be called, legalistic, dooms day prophets, out of touch with
the times, negative, hate mongers and more.
Luk 6:24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
The rich have already received all the reward they will get; being only rich in
this life but losing their souls for eternity.
Luk 6:25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that
laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
If we eat, drink and make merry always laughing and not caring for the lost, the
suffering and those that are persecuted for righteousness sake, we will one day
be the ones that mourn and weep.
Luk 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their
fathers to the false prophets.
If I was a modern day preacher that was popular and never spoken evil of, I
think I would wonder what I was doing wrong. People who tell the truth are never
accepted by the majority. I realize that there are cult leaders to whom society
will not accept either so we can't assume because society hates them that they
are of the truth but as a general rule, those the preach the truth according to
the word of God is not well liked by the world or even the modern church world.
Luk 6:27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which
Nevertheless, we are to love those that oppose us and persecute us. This is
impossible by our own strength. We have to walk in the spirit to be able to love
Luk 6:28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use
To learn to genuinely love with the true love of God (not the thing which the
world calls love that compromises with sin) we begin by praying for those that
oppose us. Our goal should be to see them saved from sin, not defeated.
Luk 6:29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other;
and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.
Luk 6:30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy
goods ask them not again.
Again I know this is not easy and it isn't an excuse to support deadbeats that
will not work to provide for their families but Jesus said these words so we
can't explain them away or take them lightly. I don't think this means as a
country or society but as individuals. If an individual smites us, we are not to
fight back. I don't think this means that if our whole country is attacked that
we can't fight back and defend our family and countrymen. My opinion is that
these passages may refer to our individual walk with the Lord. In our work to
spread the gospel, if people come to ask for help, we are not to refuse.
We are to trust God for our provisions and not try to get them back. Not all
will be able to really live by these words unless they surrender all things to
God and live completely under His guidance. This describes a life totally given
to God where material things matter very little if any to us.
Luk 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
Treat others as you would want to be treated.
Luk 6:32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners
also love those that love them.
Every human being tends to love those that love them. It takes a little more of
the spirit of God in our lives to love our enemies and those that hate us.
Luk 6:33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for
sinners also do even the same.
Luk 6:34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye?
for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
Luk 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing
again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the
Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
Do good to your fellow workers, peers and friends even if they are not good to
Lend without worrying about getting anything back.
A great reward is promised to those who do these things.
Luk 6:36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Be as God who is quicker to forgive than to send judgment. He waits for us to
repent and ask forgiveness.
Luk 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be
condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
Naturally we have to judge sin and not agree with sin but we are not to be
judgmental to individuals and try to assume they have evil motives when we can't
see their motives. Only God can see why they do what they do.
We have to have law and order and we have to judge those that kill, steal and
are a threat to society. We have to teach the word of God and make judgments as
to what is right and wrong. We are to judge with righteousness and not
prejudice, greed, assumptions, gossip, backbiting, false accusations and the
like. We must be very slow to condemn lest we condemn someone innocent and
accuse our own brothers and sisters in the Lord. With what judgment we judge, we
shall be judged. Give people the benefit of the doubt. We are to preach the
gospel and let God do the convicting of sin and judging. We are to warn, God is
We can say adultery is wrong but we have to be careful not to accuse an individual
of adultery if we don't know for sure. That is judging. We can say, stealing is
wrong but be careful not to accuse someone of stealing. Its not wrong to say
something is a sin according to the bible but it is judging if we point a finger
at an individual and accuse him of breaking any law of God if we have not
actually seen him do anything but are assuming that he did.
Luk 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and
shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the
same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
This has proven to be true over and over again. If we give with a heart that
loves to give. (not because we are pressured into giving) we shall receive.
Some have used this verse to support the prosperity doctrine. I believe
sincerely that teaching that doctrine is wrong because the giving is centered on
giving to the rich rather than the poor. Some have went so far as to instruct us
to give to the richest ministers because he is in the will of God. This is not
the words Jesus teaches. Today's prosperity doctrine exalts the receiver and
makes the receiver rich. Devouring widows houses is not biblical giving.
Oppressing the poor and threatening someone with financial ruin if they don't
give is not what Jesus teaches. Jesus teaches giving willingly and giving to the
poor. Read His warnings:
Mat 25:42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye
gave me no drink:
Mat 25:43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me
not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Mat 25:44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not
minister unto thee?
Mat 25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as
ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
Mat 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous
into life eternal.
Jesus teaches giving to those that are hungry, thirsty, strangers, naked, sick,
prisoners. He does not teach us to give to the rich.
Luk 6:39 And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall
they not both fall into the ditch?
Luk 6:40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect
shall be as his master.
Luk 6:41 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but
perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Luk 6:42 Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the
mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in
thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and
then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.
This is a good example of judging. We find fault with someone for something when
we are doing something equally wrong or worse. We are to live right ourselves
and live by the word, judging all things by the word and see clearly to help
those that have fallen into error.
Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual,
restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou
also be tempted.
Meekness is the key. It is not wrong to gently point out an error which will
harm the soul of the person doing the error. We just have to make sure we aren't
guilty of the same thing or worse things. We have to make sure our motive is to
help not to gloat and appear self righteous. We have to be sincerely concerned
and not just want to nitpick at someone. The human tendency is to enjoy hearing
of someone else's sin. The human tendency is to love to tell someone else
about that person's downfall or sin. This is what we should avoid.
Luk 6:43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a
corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Luk 6:44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not
gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
Luk 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that
which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth
forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
We know the true believers by their fruits.
Luk 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Those that continually sing, worship, pray and then turn around and ignore, make
light of or change the words of Jesus, are not really serving the Lord. We can't
ignore and take lightly the word of God and then claim to know God and be a
Luk 6:47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will
shew you to whom he is like:
Luk 6:48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the
foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon
that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
Luk 6:49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a
foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat
vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
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