Hello and welcome back!
I’m so happy to see you here once again. I’m beginning a series on the beatitudes for those interested.
It’s amazing just how fast time passes, isn’t it? It just seems like yesterday that I posted my Easter piece on the 1st of April and here it is — already the 6th! Life is so very, very short, isn’t it? It is so short that we need to consider the importance of our Christian walk. Each and every day that passes brings us closer to that day when we shall leave this earth behind and look Jesus in the eyes.
What shall we say then?
This post series is about the Sermon on the Mount that begins in Matthew 5. You can look upon this sermon of Jesus as a key that unlocks the Bible while providing you with the secrets of the Christian walk. We will take each of the beatitudes and delve into the spiritual meaning of each one to discover the essence of what it is to walk behind Jesus from the cross to the grave.
Jesus presented the beatitudes in order to present you with a blueprint or treasure map to guide your steps in following Him. When you glean the meaning of the beatitudes, you will understand how each one builds upon the other — leading you closer to Christ as you follow in his footsteps. The beatitudes paint an accurate objective truth about holiness.
When looking spiritually at the beatitudes, we can compare the teachings of the Pharisees and Scribes of Jesus’ day with His teachings of the Law of God the way He wants us to follow them. In other words — unlike Jesus — the Pharisees were claiming the law must be perfected in us before we are worthy of God. Jesus taught that if we follow Him we are already children of God. Then we follow the law in love, not to obtain salvation from the law. Salvation comes because of how Jesus lived the law.
We obey the law of God out of love for Jesus who died for us because we could not be perfect in God’s law. Only Jesus could and did keep the whole law.
“The sum of all of this is you are to mature as you grow — a process, not an event.”
The Sermon on the Mount presents and stresses the elements of this truth. If you understand and live out the Sermon on the Mount, you will understand the kingdom of God, you will walk a new life that attracts others to Christ, and you will grow in Christ and be able to carry out God’s plan for your life.
Knowing the full meaning of the beatitudes will provide the foundation to the Christian walk. This full, Christian walk will allow the Holy Spirit to produce fruit in and from you for the kingdom work. Not only will we talk about Christ to others, but present His walk to them. Which of the two do you think will best allow them to see Christ?
As we look the Sermon on the Mount, keep in mind that the beatitudes build upon the others. Once the entire picture is understood we will then understand what it is Christ is telling us. Each part or beatitude is just part of the whole.
Please understand that a person must be a follower of Jesus to understand the truth of the beatitudes and how to live them. No one can ever live the beatitudes without the Holy Spirit living inside of him/her. If we truly belong to Jesus Christ, we will not only understand God’s requirement for us to live holy but we will understand the power within us that can help us to live it daily.
We read what the Christian’s hope is concerning temptations:
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it.”
We will discover in this study that you as a Christian have to keep God’s law. Now, this does not mean that you are under the law but that you must keep the law. The Sermon on the Mount was given to you by Jesus for the express purpose for knowing how to follow Him and what will give you the power to do so.
It does not mean that we never sin. It means that you must repent all sin, not live in it. It means that we follow Jesus by learning the Sermon on the Mount and living by it. The sum of all of this — you are to mature as you grow — a process, not an event.
I hope that this overview of the new post series on the Sermon on the Mount has excited you. I pray that you will comment on the question always provided at the end of a post. This will help to initiate dialog on each post which will help us all to grow in Christ!
Next post we will discover the full meaning of the first beatitude at Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Until next time…
QUESTION: WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN WE SAY, “I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS — NO TURNING BACK, NO TURNING BACK.”