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SERMON ON THE MOUNT


    

In Matthew 5, 6, and 7 is a sermon on how we are to live as Christians.  It surpasses all the teachings of others. Jesus meant it to teach a higher standard than those who held the highest standard of that day, i.e. the scribes and the Pharisees.

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 God."

The scribes and the Pharisees:
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ondemned murder... but Jesus said that anger and hatred were as wrong as murder...


separated themselves from their wives, but Jesus' teaching said give her two or three times her dowry...


taught one must keep a binding oath, but Jesus said that one must keep his word, even if it was a simple "yes" or "no", and did not have a "binding oath...

Jesus called for people to abandon what the world called wisdom and righteousness... and take on a new set of standards that the world calls "impossible..."

Many have refused these teachings... Much of Christianity have taken opposite standards, and still call themselves "Christians..." Many preachers today are telling people to be "self confident", "powerful", "satisfied", "self-righteous", "aggressive", etc.   

Many are telling saints that they are not spiritual if they "mourn" and not laugh...
 
 
Jesus teaches that "happy" are those who:

 HAVE A BROKEN SPIRIT
Matthew 5:3
"Blessed are those who are poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven..."
 
HAVE A PENITENT SPIRIT
Matthew 5:4
"Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted..."
 
HAVE A MILD TEMPERED, GENTLE SPIRIT
Matthew 5:5
"Blessed are  the meek, for they shall inherit the earth..."

 HUNGER AND THIRST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS
Matthew 5:6
"Blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled..."
 
HAVE A COMPASSIONATE AND MERCIFUL SPIRIT
Matthew 5:7
"Blessed are they merciful, for they shall obtain mercy..."
 
HAVE A PURE SPIRIT
Matthew 5:8
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God..."
 
HAVE A SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND MEDIATION
Matthew 5:9
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God..."
 
HAVE A LONGSUFFERING AND FORGIVING SPIRIT
Matthew 5:10-12
"Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake.  Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you..."


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  HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO LIVE
    AS THE BEATITUDES TEACH?
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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 henceforth good for nothing..."

   SALT:
 is pure and preserves against corruption...
 gives flavor to food...
 helps fertilize land...
 arrests and prevents the process of putrefaction in food...
Like salt, Christians are a necessary element to this world... If the Christians do not live as the beatitudes teach, they are like salt that has lost its savour, and are "good for nothing"!!!

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Matthew 5:14
"Ye are the light of the world... neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel... let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father Who is in heaven."
Living as the beatitudes teach, is like a shining light to the world, that brings glory to our God... and has great effect on the others in this world.

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We all have a natural desire to be popular, successful, un-persecuted, and happy in our wealth and health... Jesus says that to be that way makes us as worthless salt, and a light under a bushel...


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Jesus taught that there are only two ways to live, one is the right way, the other is the wrong way.  We must choose to build our life and home on the rock, or on the sand (Matthew 7:24-27).


You cannot choose to live different from the beatitudes and be happy or Godly.  Christ taught the beatitudes with authority. He was not making suggestions. He was direct and authoritative. He said that we must live this way... no options!  Many have neglected to even consider these as mandatory. That is why we have so much of Christianity that live no better than those of the world. There are too many hypocrites, too many abusers within church ranks... and the name of Christians, the testimony of the life changing experience we should have had.... the God-glorifying life-style that God wants --is far too absent in congregations.

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