354:  The Heart of the Law is Mercy

354: The Heart of the Law is Mercy

The fifth Beatitude speaks of mercy. Jesus said:

Matthew 5:7 – “Blessed (makários) are (who) the merciful (those who show compassion, to be benevolent in both thoughts and actions; it is the word that emphasizes the misery with which grace deals), (why) for they (the merciful) shall obtain mercy.”

But mercy from whom?

This Beatitude does not teach that mercy to men brings mercy from men, but that mercy to men brings mercy from God. If we are merciful to others, God will be merciful to us, whether men are or not.

But there is so much more to this wonderful statement of Jesus. To find out more, keep listening.

The following is a study on Matthew 5:7.

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353:  To Hunger and Thirst for Christ

353: To Hunger and Thirst for Christ

At the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said,

Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”

And then we later find the Apostle Paul saying of Christ:

1 Corinthians 1:30 – But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.

Are these two passages related? Has Christ really become for us true righteousness? And, if so, what does that say about what we “hunger and thirst” for?

To find out more, keep listening.

The following is a study on Matthew 5:6.

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352:  The Blessings of Meekness

352: The Blessings of Meekness

One of the most difficult statements to reconcile is found in the third blessing of the Beatitudes spoken at the beginning of His Sermon on the Mount.  There He said,

Matthew 5:5 – “Blessed are the meek, (why) for they (the meek) shall inherit the earth.”

But what does this mean?  Does meekness mean weakness?  Does it mean being soft and gentle?  Somewhat effeminate?  Cowardly?  Maybe whimpy?  And, if so, why does Jesus describe Himself as “gentle and lowly in heart”? (Matt. 11:29).  How can that be?

Actually, Biblical meekness is nothing like we think of it today.  And if you want to know more about what Jesus means when He says, “Blessed are the meek”, then keep listening.

The following is a study on Matthew 5:5.

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351:  Our Greatest Mission Field is the Church

351: Our Greatest Mission Field is the Church

One of the reasons the church is in the condition we now find it, is because many, if not a majority of those who claim Christ as Lord, are actually lost.  They have their faith placed in something other than the true, Biblical Jesus. And their allegiance is usually to something other than Christ Himself.

But this really shouldn’t surprise us.  For the mark of this church age is the simple fact that Jesus is on the outside of the church longing to come in.  And His call is not to the group, the church, or the institution. It is to the individual.

Consider the following:

Revelation 3:20 – “Behold, (what) I (Christ) stand at the door (of His church) and knock. If anyone (personal) hears My voice (John 10:27) and opens the door (of His church), I will come in to him (personal) and dine with him (personal), and he with Me (personal).”

Could this be you?  Could it be someone you know?  If so, then keep listening.

The following is a study on True Salvation.

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350:  What is the Kingdom of Heaven?

350: What is the Kingdom of Heaven?

Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, (why) for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:3).  And a few verses later He adds, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, (why) for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:10).

Which raises a few questions:

What is the “kingdom of heaven”?
Is it the same as the “kingdom of God”?
And, if not, how is it different?
Why is Matthew the only Gospel writer that uses this phrase?
And how does this all apply to me today?

You will find the answer to these questions will change the way you live your life from this day forward.  It will have a profound impact on your future and your eternity.

Are you intrigued?  Interested?  Maybe a little curious?  Good.  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Matthew 5:3,10 about the Kingdom of Heaven.

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