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Matthew 5:2

Matthew 5:2

Christ’s Sermon on the Mount is interpreted by various groups differently. Some suggest that Jesus is setting out a message of salvation – live this way and you will be saved and go to heaven. Others identify it as the perfect way to live, if humanity is to bring in everlasting peace and prosperity onto the earth.

Some suggest that this only applies to Christ’s Jewish disciples, during His pre-cross ministry, while others suggest that this is to be the standard required read more...

Matthew 5:3

Matthew 5:3

God had promised Israel a Messiah, who would destroy their enemies and set up an earthly kingdom of peace and prosperity in the land that He gave to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This knowledge permeated Old Testament scriptures - and when the prophetic voice of John the Baptist announced the arrival of their long-awaited King, and called the errant nation to repentance.. a wave of excitement swept the land.

News about Jesus spread read more...

Matthew 5:4

Matthew 5:4

Israel had been called to repent nationally by John the Baptist before being introduced, by him, to their promised Messiah – Light of the world. Jesus was that true Light. He was God’s anointed Son, Who was to proclaim His sovereign authority over heaven and earth, and His rightful place on the everlasting throne of David.

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Matthew 5:6

Matthew 5:6

Although written specifically to the Jewish nation this verse in Matthew has a wonderful application to all church age believers – the Lord specifically said that people were blessed who hungered and thirsted for righteousness… and in Proverbs we are challenged that whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find it , they will find life, righteousness, and honour - yet a few verses later Jesus warned us that unless your righteousness is better than the read more...

Matthew 5:7

Matthew 5:7

The beautiful beatitudes of Christ's 'sermon on the mount' outline the ideal attributes that should be found in all citizens of heaven. They list and describe the constitution and character that our heavenly Father desires from each of His blood-bought children. This in-depth description of the one who is blessed beyond compare, is only addressed to those that are saved.. and seeking to follow Christ as a true disciple - the one who is prepared to take up read more...

Matthew 5:8

Matthew 5:8

Too often, when we look at a verse in scripture, we interpret it from a present-day, human viewpoint, rather in its biblical context and from God's perspective - and this is one such verse. Many look at this verse and say: “ah! If I am pure in heart, then I will see God. I want to see God.. so I will do this good thing and perform that righteous act, to make sure that I am pure in heart - and then I will see God'.

“If my heart read more...

Matthew 5:9

Matthew 5:9

Man seeks after empty happiness and longs for peace in a world at war, but the child of God, who has been saved by grace through the sacrificial work of Christ on Calvary's cross gains more than happiness, for He is blessed to have peace with His God through the forgiveness of sin and is enabled to receive that peace that passes understanding as he remains in right relationship with Him, through the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Matthew 5:13

Matthew 5:13

The Church is the body of Christ and in His absence from the world we are called to be the salt of the earth and yet we are also warned that if salt loses it saltiness it is good for nothing, other than to be thrown out and trampled under foot.

Then as now salt has a number of important purposes. This was especially so in the time of Christ, when synthetic alternatives and refrigeration were unavailable. One use for salt is to read more...

Matthew 5:14

Matthew 5:14

As members of Christ’s body, we are called to be salt and light in a darkened world that is sick and putrefying, and in need of Christ’s healing, wholeness, light and life. But in a world that is at enmity with God and has, in general, rejected the good news of the glorious gospel of Christ, this is no easy matter – and we are likely to come up against much resistance to our message of hope, and personal rejection from our fellow-man.. and even hatred, abuse read more...

Matthew 5:16

Matthew 5:16

When God redeemed us through the precious blood of Jesus Christ, our eternal future was assured forever. And as we live as strangers in an alien world, where Satan has become the god of this world for a season, we are blessed indeed for it is God who works in us, both to will and to do to His good pleasure.

In other words the good works that we do in spirit and truth are not our own good works, for of ourselves we can do nothing that is worthy of read more...

Matthew 5:17

Matthew 5:17

The Law was a large body of rules and regulations given to Israel through Moses, which was summed up in the moral principles of the 10 Commandments. It could not provide Salvation but was God's tool to reveal our sinfulness, to bring us to repentance and to point us to Christ - our sinless-Saviour and kinsman-Redeemer.

Adam's sin in the garden placed all men under the curse of death, and God gave the Law to a tiny segment of read more...

Matthew 5:18

Matthew 5:18

The Lord Jesus had just announced that He did not come to destroy the Law but to fulfil both the Law and the prophetic writings and then He continued to explain that not until heaven and earth pass away will the smallest jot or tiniest tittle of the Law pass - for all things had to be accomplished. Many use this to insist that the Mosaic Law is part of Church age doctrine without looking into the incredible significance of this one statement of our Lord.

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Matthew 5:20

Matthew 5:20

Someone has suggested that the key to Christ’s Sermon on the Mount lies in verse 20, which tells us that unless we are more righteous than the scribes and Pharisees of Christ’s day, we will not even enter the kingdom of heaven. The external virtue and exterior purity of these religious men was not sufficient to grant them a place in Christ’s coming kingdom – no wonder there is confusion about Christ’s Sermon on the Mount.

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Matthew 5:48

Matthew 5:48

Perfect God and perfect man commands us to be perfect, as our heavenly Father is perfect. On the surface it seems like an impossible, unreasonable even thoughtless request because God knows that we are a sinful race, with a fallen nature and that there is no way that we could ever obey this command.

God’s eternal plan for man is so designed that we are unable to obey His commands in our own strength, but He will allow us to read more...