THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND

Sermon: PastorBryan


Matthew 5: 1-16

The Beatitudes

And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Believers Are Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5-7 is what is known as the Sermon on the Mount and is the longest recorded message delivered by Jesus. The sermon is delivered to His disciples and intended for believers, both Jews and Gentiles. The message is how to live as a believer not how to become a believer.

Matthew 5: 1-16 is referred to as the Beatitudes. The term “Beatitude” is derived from the Latin word for happy or blessed. Most scholarly definitions of this word include references to divine joy or happiness. Blessing is God’s favor extended to an individual, resulting in positive emotion or reward.

In his book, The Applause of Heaven, Max Lucado writes: “Blessing is sacred delight. It is God doing what gods would be doing only in your wildest dreams. It is good news coming through the back door of your heart. It is what you have always dreamed but never expected. It’s the too-good-to-be-true coming true. It is having God as your biggest fan, and your best friend. It is sacred because only God can grant it. It is delight because it thrills.”

In verses 1-13 Jesus is directing His disciples,

To understand what they are—the salt of the earth, and the lights of the world (v. 13-16).

Let’s review the eight Beatitudes

 

  1. Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Those humbled by the goodness of God and have acknowledged their sinful nature and dependence on God. They are spiritually bankrupt and dependent on Jesus for their spiritual needs.

For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven

Remember in Matthew 3: 2 John the Baptist said, Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is here. Jesus is using the same phase to describe the joy of those who are poor in spirit. Those who put their faith in God and are dependent upon Him live within the confines of the Kingdom of heaven. Kings provide those under their rule protection, they provide for their needs, and maintain order.

Happy are those who put their trust in the Lord for they reap the benefits of living in God’s kingdom.

 

  1. Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

For they shall be comforted

There are many interpretations of Those Who Mourn. Some believe this mourning is extended to those who are out of fellowship or relationship with the Lord.

Webster defines the word mourn as, “To feel or express grief or sorrow”. Most people would attribute mourning to the loss of a loved one. Anyone who has experienced this type of morning can testify that God’s promise of comfort is possibly all that saw them threw the time of grief.

 

  1. Blessed Are the Meek

For they shall inherit the earth.

The word meek doesn’t refer to being weak, but rather submitting to a higher authority. This beatitude also alludes to Psalm 37:11: But the meek shall inherit the earth.

Jesus referred to himself as meek in Matthew 11:29 “for I am gentle and humble in heart. Gentle and humble are the characters that make up meekness. James 4:10 promises if we humble ourselves before the Lord he will exalt us.

So then, this meekness is necessary to submit ourselves to God and It is the meakness to serve God and do his will above our own.

 

  1. Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst For Righteousness

For they shall be filled

Jesus said in Matthew 4:4: it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

 

  1. Blessed Are the Merciful

For they shall obtain mercy

We don’t give mercy for the sake of receiving mercy. We give mercy because mercy has already been given to us.

 

  1. Blessed Are the Pure in Heart

For they shall see God

To be pure in heart means to be cleansed of sin. Only those who have accepted Christ as their savior have been cleansed of all sin. Therefore they will enter into heaven and actually see God.

  1. Blessed Are the Peacemakers

For they shall be called Sons of God

Jesus has promised us peace in John 14:27, Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. Furthermore Philippians 4:7 says, And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

It is part of God’s character to be a peacemaker and as such we are to be peacemakers. Our stand no matter what it might be should be grounded in God’s peace. Just as children immolate their parents Jesus states that as peacemakers you shall be called the children of God. In Galatians 4:5 Paul refers to Christians as receiving the full rights as children or in other words, we are made adopted children of God.

 

  1. Blessed Are Those Who are Persecuted for Righteousness Sake

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven

Just as the kingdom of heaven belongs to the poor in spirit, it also belongs to the ones persecuted because of righteousness.

Jesus made it clear to his disciples that persecution would occur. “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also” (John 15:20).


 

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