Summary: Jesus presents a clear description of what it is followers are to be like internally and how they are to live outwardly in the Sermon on the Mount.
Sermon on the Mount- Pt 4
In studying the SOTM, or the Bible in general, never think that if you do not understand it, it is of no use
What is important is that we expose/read/study it so it becomes available to us when we need it.
Mind has two compartments- conscious/subconscious.
A truth may be of no use now- when circumstances arise- HS will bring it back to remembrance, and
enable us to apply it in that situation.
Jn 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. NASU
Real question is this- when the HS brings back a truth to us and applies it to a situation- will we obey it?
If we expose our minds to God’s Word, and live a life in communion w/God- HS will bring back truth.
Look at Mtt 5:13-20
The beatitudes described the character of a disciple.
In these verses, Jesus talks about the influence a person with the character of Christ should have.
As we practice godly righteousness in the world, it will result in opposition and persecution- V10.
But, the church’s calling- serve the persecuting world.
As Rudolf Stier said, we should offer …
love and truth for hatred and lies.
In these verses we see two distinct groups of people.
The church- to be salt to the earth/light to the world.
The church is distinct from the earth or the world.
Too often we blur the distinction between the two.
The world is- dark place in a constant state of decay.
The church has a dual role in the world …
to hinder decay, and
to dispel darkness.
God-established institutions to curb sin of mankind …
1. The state (government)
We may not like government, but we better remember that it is God ordained and that …
the men/women who run it are fallen as we are.
The state- given the authority to make/enforce laws.
2. The family
In the family- parents- curb their children’s sinful bent
Both of these should exert a wholesome influence.
Beyond these institutions, there is even a greater force
3. God’s regenerated people (the church)
Salt preserves wholesomeness and prevents decay.
That is the function of the church in the world.
Salt- stable compound- cannot really lose its saltiness.
But it can become contaminated by mixture.
When we allow- principles of the world to mix with- principles of God’s Kingdom in our hearts,
we lose our saltiness/preserving function.
Our influence as Christians depends on our being distinct from the world, not identical to it.
Light- reveals/guides- men dislike it- prefer darkness.
The light from a city can be seen from a long distance, it cannot be hidden on a dark night.
Likewise, a Christian living the life of the beatitudes, cannot be hidden from the world.
As Christians- should bring light into every situation.
Isa 42:6 "I am the Lord , I have called You in righteousness, I will also hold You by the hand and watch over You, And I will appoint You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations, NASU
From the beginning, God’s people were to be a light.