The Sermon on The Mount
The Sermon on the Mount can be said to be the very essence of Jesus’ teachings. It is the very heart of the way we are to be in God’s eyes.
It may be said that of the Sermon on The Mount, is to the New Testament as the Ten Commandments are to the Old Testament.
Matthew may have considered the Sermon on the mount as the embodiment of all of Jesus’ teachings. All Christians should understand the truths of these teachings to be the guidelines to true sanctification in Christ, and as we read through Matthew 5 – 7, it is plainly realized that if we were all to follow these guideline and laws of Christ, man himself would bring about an accepted state of righteousness in our heavenly Father’s likeness.
The sermon on the mount is given as a standard for Christian living, realizing that its demands cannot be met in our own power, but our faith, belief, and the power of Christ can only bring us to this sanctification of the will and true righteousness through Christ, without compromise to the words of His commandments.
As the sermon starts out with Matthew ( 5:1 ) “Now when He saw the multitudes , He went up on the mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them”;
We could ask ourselves if there is meaning in the sermon being taught on a mountain, and if we think deeply on it, it may be understood as meaning greater precepts of righteousness.
There were lesser precepts which were given to the Jews, But the one God, through His holy prophets and servants, at a time, distributed and arranged by His will, made lesser precepts to a people who during this time, had yet required themselves to be bound to Him by fear. And through His Son, He gave the greater precepts to a people for whom it was now a time to be set free from sin by His love. Therefore, in doing so, when the lesser are given to the lesser and when the greater are given to the greater, they are given by the only One who knows how and when these remedies for humans are to be given. And it should be of no surprise that the greater precepts are given for the Kingdom of heaven revealed through Jesus Christ and the lesser for an earthly kingdom revealed in the old testament, by the one God who made heaven and earth.
With respect therefore, to the righteousness which is the greater, it is said through the prophet, “thy righteousness is like the mountains of God”, and therefore this may mean that the one Master alone fit to teach matters of such great importance teaches on a mountain.
Let us consider the Sermon On The Mount in all its truthfulness and teachings.
It contains three types of materials;
1) Beatitudes, i.e., declaration of blessedness ( Matthew 5: 1 – 12 )
2) Ethical admonitions ( Matthew 5: 21 – 48, 6:1 – 7:23 )
3) Contrasts between Jesus’ ethical teachings and Jewish legalistic traditions ( Matthew 5:21 – 48)
What Does It Mean To Be Blessed?
As we read through the beatitudes each one carries a declaration of blessedness, blessed meaning beatified or more than happy. Happiness is an emotion dependent on outward circumstances. Blessed in Christ’s context refers to the ultimate well being and distinctive spiritual joy of those who share in the salvation of the Kingdom of God, which as Christians we know as the spiritual reign of God in the hearts of all believers ( Luke 17:20 – 21 ).
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Matthew 7:13 – 27
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? 23 And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!
24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
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A word that many of us seem to have an idea or an opinion or even think that it is something that is obtainable or possessed by one.
As humans many have the assumption that one person can be more moral than another or that one can be less moral than another. When in reality this concept is not a very feasible idea when one looks at morality for what it really is.
Morality can be looked upon as a constant, in that it is always within its full value “morality is morality” there is not a small part of morality or a partial part, or even a large part…morality is all together as a whole and does not change. In view of this then, there is no human more or less moral than another…but when the understanding of human depravity or our depraved nature is realized and recognized, then we may ascertain that its not an amount of morality that one may possess, but each one of us will have a certain capacity for morality, whether it be a deep capacity or a shallow capacity. This capacity for morality is what affects their direct inclination to instill God’s moral law.
I believe that to fully understand morality we must first go through the concepts of morality as it pertains to the Moral Law of God. In this we will see that morality itself as a distinct nature of God which is a part of His attributes of goodness and greatness and also something that has been instilled with our own heart and soul upon His creation of man.
When we read Genesis 1:26 – 28
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” NKJV
Within these versus we read that we have been created in God’s image and this image is not a physical likeness…since God is Spirit and man was made corporeal. But since man was also given spirit and soul, in their image, He means that we carry the same moral attributes as His and that His moral law has been instilled within us along with other attributes such as intellect, ability to communicate and an emotional nature that goes beyond instinct contrary to animals (when considering Morality), which live on instinct alone. When I say emotional contrary to animals, i mean that the morality that is displayed within humans to abstain from committing evil such as murder, adultery, etc. does not exist within the animal kingdom, since the animal will kill and mate out of shear instinct for survival on a regular basis.
God’s moral law is not something that is foreign or impersonal to Him but it is an expression of His very person and will. It is His very nature. God does not decide to command love and forbid murder or human hatred, it is His very nature that instills a particular action and prohibits others. Just as God states love to be good because He Himself is love, and that to lie is wrong because God Himself cannot lie.
For this matter we conclude that moral law of God is somewhat of a record of His very nature, and when we agree with it or disagree with it, is not as we are basing our decisions relating to any type of document, but we are relating our decisions to the very nature of God. When disobedience of God’s moral law becomes an affliction within our actions then it is considered an attack on the very nature of God and is sinful and carries consequences.
Moral law is not to be obeyed for its own sake but must be obeyed and understood as a means of relating, communicating with and loving God. This is the very way of instilling a loving personal relationship with Him, and when the Spirit of God is living within you, He convicts you of your disobedience through your conscience that recognizes the moral law of God that man was created with in the beginning. This conviction becomes very prominent to the true believer in Jesus Christ, and is the means by which God keeps him on the path to obedience and righteousness. This is not the righteousness of man that God sees in man’s heart, but the righteousness of Jesus Christ shown in a man’s heart through his faith, which tremendously deepens his capacity for morality and therefore the believer adheres to God’s moral law through his Christ like nature.
I believe that for the true believer that has the Spirit of God within them, the deeper their capacity for morality becomes; then the more consciously capable they are to instilling and recognizing God’s moral law that has been instilled within them through conviction by the Holy Spirit. Thereby fulfilling the will of God to an extent that He desires, since faith and the love of Jesus Christ has permeated their hearts.
In the next section of Understanding Morality, we will define morality in the Biblical sense and the secular sense and go through what it is and what it is not.