Summary: Part 10:Sermon on the Mount Series - Jesus speaks of the Law of Love, and how we can achieve walking in it.
The Great Commission
Part 10 – Sermon on the Mount – The Law of Love
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith – www.PS127.org
INTRODUCTION TO SERMON
† The Sermon on the Mount – The Beatitudes
† We are the Salt, staying pure with God’s Holy Word
† We are the Light, showing that Word to the World
† Hate is same as murder
† Lust the same as adultery
Matthew 5:43 - 48 – The Law of Love
43 "You have heard that it was said, ’Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
I. Tighten the Law
a. Scripture warns of ‘breaking’ (loosen) the Law
† Matthew 5:19 – whoever breaks (‘Loo-o’ loosen or relax) the least of these commands (law) and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.
b. Jesus clarifies where man distorts
c. Tolerance to a point there is no longer sin
No sin = no need for a savior
The Law of God was not given to justify man, but to show his sin, and a need for a savior.
We are not made innocent by observing the Law, but guilty.
We are only found innocent by being committed to Jesus Christ.
BELIEVE and you are SAVED…
They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…”
But is it simply believing?
You believe (in respect to) that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe (in respect to) that—and shudder.
Simply believing there is a God is not salvation.
If so, according to James 2:19 demons would have salvation…
This word should have boon translated as ‘Committed to’.
Acts 16:13 should read;’
They replied, "Be committed to the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…."
The law is to show our guilt, and being committed to Christ is our innocence and our salvation.
I. Jesus reminds the listeners of the Law
a. You have heard it said, love your neighbor and hate your enemy
b. We see Christ again correcting the perversion of the scripture
Perversion continues today.
We change God’s law to fit us.
The hating of your enemy was derived from Deuteronomy 7:1 – 6
This is where the people were instructed to take the land God had given them.
This was their instruction;
Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their Asherah poles and burn their idols in the fire.
But no where does the scripture say to “hate the enemy”.
God wanted false gods destroyed and the REAL God to reign in the peoples hearts.
While we are to hate the sin, we are not to hate the sinner.
Why do we hate sin? Why does God hate sin?
Sin separates us from God.
Jesus said “I came not to condemn, but to save.”
“…For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." – Luke 19:10
But can God look upon sin with love? No.
Ask Jesus about that…
At the cross, Jesus took upon Him the sin of us all, and God turned from Him. For the first, last and only time in eternity, God the Son was separated from God the Father because of sin.
Remember what Jesus said…
“Father, why have you forsaken me?”
Forsaken = unoccupied, abandoned, deserted, isolated.
If God will abandon His only begotten Son because of sin, don’t think that for some miraculous reason God’s love will over look yours.
Jesus is the only way to the Father, through salvation.
How do we receive salvation? As the scripture says, being committed to Him.
Are you committed to Christ, or is He just an acquaintance?
Do you have a religion or a relationship with Jesus?
When you stand before Him on Judgment Day, will He say to you well done my son, or leave me, I do not know you…
That day is coming, are you ready?
Are you looking and listening for the trumpet?
In the blink of an eye, your fate will be sealed for eternity.
Judgment Day is NOT your day in court.
The trial is over, and you are going to receive what is due you.