Summary: This is a soul searching message as we live for God. Since God knows our heart and our thoughts we need to examine ourselves and see just where we stand with our Lord Jesus Christ. Check it out and see what you think.
Our Lord journeyed through Galilee "teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Gospel of the kingdom" (Matt. 4:23).
The "Gospel of the kingdom" is the most important subject in the New Testament (cf Matt. 3:2). The Gospel and deeds of Jesus Christ were understood as messianic, especially when Christ was "healing all manner of sickness".
Christ was accepted by the multitude as the Messiah. It was at this moment that Jesus left the multitude and "went up into a mountain" (5:1), which by tradition is located about five miles west of the Sea of Galilee. On this mountain Jesus taught His disciples and other persons.
The Sermon on the Mount was destined to become the universal charter of ethics and higher ideals that have shaped the moral principles of the civilized world.
The Sermon on the Mount reminds us of Moses and the Mosaic law, the covenant and the Ten Commandments, which were delivered on Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:3f).
At that time, God appeared in clouds and thunder; but in the Sermon on the Mount, God was present as a divine and human Being, the incarnate Jesus Christ, to utter clearly the revelation for the new creation of mankind.
The main teaching of the Sermon is not so much the kingdom of Heaven and repentance (4:17), which are presupposed, but the new piety versus the old piety of the scribes and pharisees (5:17-26).
The Sermon encourages the Christian to apply in his own life these principles of piety. It opens with the Beatitudes (5:3-12), which describe the character of a true disciple, and of the Christian who glorifies God. and will enter His kingdom.
The Sermon I believe instructs the Disciples and believers, to seek the true righteousness and informs them that their good works are for the glory of God (5:13-16), not for merit and fame.
It indicates that this righteousness is superior to the purely legal kind taught by the scribes (5:17-48) and practiced by the pharisees (6:1-18).
For the attainment of this goal, a series of commandments are given (6:19-7:6 negative, and 7:7-23 positive), and the Sermon closes with the parable of the builders (7:24-27), all to the astonishment of the listeners (7:27-29).
But now, I want you to please notice the very first part of verse 1:1a, This is the beginning of what turned out to be the most famous sermon known to mankind. Within this sermon lies the way for the child of God to live and live a victorious life.
Again, this sermon begins with the Beatitudes of Christ. He teaches that the believers are the salt and light. He covers in His sermon, the thoughts of our heart. He stresses how sacred and binding marriage is.
He tells us to love our enemies, He gives us the way to pray, He tells us NOT to judge. Then, in the latter part of chapter 7 He tell us just who will enter the kingdom of heaven.
In short, His evaluation will determine if you go to heaven or not.... Notice again, the very first part of verse 1 of chapter 5. “And seeing the multitudes”.
The word “multitude” means : A large indefinite quantity”. And if you noticed the word here is “Multitude(s) the word is plural.
So, Jesus is getting ready to preach His great sermon, the Bible says: “AND SEEING THE MULTITUDES”.
First of all, Christ sees and knows the heart of every single person. He knows our thoughts even before we think it. So, what does He see in you?
• 1. To be used of God, He must see a clean you... Remember the potters house? (Comment)
• 2. To live a life pleasing to God, .................(A) He Must see obedience... (Comment)
.(B) He must see a strong prayer life... (Comment) The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Notice the words “Effectual” and “Fervent” Effectual means: “Exerting strong physiological effects”.
And the word “Fervent” means: “Extremely hot” So, in other words: “The great effort of an extremely hot prayer is going to work.
(C) He must see perseverance. In other words a continuation ... (Comment) Eph:6:13 -18 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;