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The Beatitudes

Matthew does not give the location of this sermon, but the traditional site is northwest of Capernaum. This is the greatest sermon ever preached! Here Jesus gives us the guidelines by which we ought to live. He is speaking mainly to his 12 disciple but others were also listening also as we see in .
Matthew 7:28 ESV
And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching,
Matthew 5:1 ESV
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
Some verses say, “Jesus slipped away”. Jesus is being intentional here. He is trying to train the 12. Now, as we just said others found them and listened but Jesus wanted to make sure he could talk directly to them without interruption. This is not the only time either...
Matthew 10:1 ESV
And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.
Matthew 11:1 ESV
When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities.
Matthew 10:1 NIV
Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
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Matthew 13:10 ESV
Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”
Jesus was demonstrating discipleship training.
Matthew 5:3 ESV
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
This may be the most important teaching Jesus ever did. Because without being “poor in spirit” no one can ever enter the Kingdom of Heaven! The world teaches that in order to be blessed, one must be powerful, rich, self-sufficient. But this is a great mistake!
Luke 6:24 ESV
“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
Jesus teaches that to be truly blessed one must first become poor.
Luke 6:20 ESV
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
To be “poor in spirit” means to empty oneself. Every man by nature is filled with selfishness and pride. This is called our “old man” or old self.
Romans 6:6 ESV
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
To truly be “poor in spirit” we must confess we are worthy of condemnation!
Ephesians 2:1 ESV
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins
Therefore, right from the beginning we must understand that it is impossible to live the Christian life and to follow the teaching of Jesus by our “OWN” strength. Anyone who is not poor in spirit has not truly met God. Many people say with their lips: “I am weak, I can do nothing,” but in their hearts they don’t believe it.
Proverbs 3:34 NIV
He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.
Isaiah 57:15 ESV
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
We can bring nothing to God. We can only come to God as empty vessels. As we come to Him, we must be prepared to let Him mold and even humble us to make us who we should be.
Isiah 57:15
1 Peter 5:6 ESV
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,
Matthew 5:4 ESV
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
The word “blessed” means “happy”. As we continue to see Jesus’ teaching is opposite of the world’s teaching! The world tries to teach us how to escape sorrow through drugs, alcohol, and other forms of seeking happiness. So, what does Jesus mean by this?? He means we must mourn our sins. He is talking about spiritual sorrow not worldly sorrow! Before we can receive the joy of Salvation, we must first mourn for our sin!
2 Corinthians 7:10 ESV
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
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We like to take the easy road and say our sins are “mistakes”. God calls them sins. Until we begin to look at our sins in the same way God looks at them, we will not truly repent. When we repent of our sins, Christ will comfort us. We look at ourselves and mourn. We look at Christ and find hope and peace and joy. Without sorrow there can be no joy. Without true repentance there can be no salvation. Without salvation there can not be a truly blessed person.
Matthew 5:5 ESV
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
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Worldly men cannot understand the teaching of Christ. It is not possible for those who belong to the world to be of one mind with those who belong to Christ. The first beatitude “poor in spirit” meant being humble in front of God. Now this third one means being humble before men. This tends to be even more difficult! When God calls us sinners we can accept that… When our neighbor calls us sinners it is almost always a fight! Jesus gave us an example of meekness.
Matthew 11:29 ESV
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
This meekness or gentleness is not a natural quality; it is a spiritual quality. It is a fruit of the spirit.
Galatians 5:23 ESV
gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Some people think that to be meek means to be weak. But this is not true. A truly meek person is spiritually strong in the Lord! There are 5 signs of meekness.
A meek person does not seek his own rights or advantage.
A meek person does not become offended and hurt when another person wrongs him.
A meek person does not try to make excuses, or defend himself or hide his sins.
A meek person is always willing to learn.
A meek person does not try to have his own way.
So, a meek person submits to the will of God and gives his life and all he has to God… So, what do we get if we do that? We shall inherit the earth!
Romans 8:17 ESV
and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
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Matthew 5:6 ESV
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Men of the world hunger for pleasure and happiness, but they are not satisfied. Why? Because of sin! In order to become free from unhappiness, one must become free from sin. That is, one must become righteous! Many people, Christians even don’t understand this teaching.
Matthew 6:33 ESV
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
To be righteous means to be holy, to be near God, to be like Christ, to be filled with the Holy Spirit. To be righteous we must be free of sin. Because sin blocks us from God. If we hunger a little, God will give us a little… If we hunger a lot, God will give us a lot. God promised to fill us.
Ephesians 4:30 ESV
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
John 6:37 NIV
All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
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We must be careful not to participate in things that will reduce our hunger for righteousness. Being part of worldly pleasures can distract our minds and hearts from seeking God.
Matthew 5:7 ESV
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
These beatitudes do not describe what we should do; rather they describe what we should be. First we must be, then we can do! Mercy or kindness is also a fruit of the spirit.
Galatians 5:22 ESV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
True mercy always manifests itself in acts of mercy. Acts of mercy are the proof of our mercy just as obedience to Christ is the proof of our faith.
James 2:17 ESV
So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
James 2:
To be a Christian and act like a Christians should always go together. To show mercy does not meant that we ignore someone’s sin. That is worldly mercy. God never ignores sin! He punishes every sin, and the punishment is DEATH!
Romans 3:23 ESV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23 ESV
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If we show mercy to others, God will show mercy to us.
Matthew 6:14–15 ESV
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Matthew 18:23–35 ESV
“Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
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Matthew 5:8 ESV
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
To be pure in heart we must first be single minded..
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Psalm 86:11 ESV
Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.
James 1:7–8 ESV
For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Second we must be holy, without sin, without love for self...
Mark 12:30 ESV
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
But, to be holy we need God’s help. Only by God’s Holy Spirit living in us can our hearts be made pure.
James 4:8 ESV
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
We must flee from sin; we must resist the devil. We must put to death the works of our sinful nature. These things we ourselves must do; this our part.
Romans 6:12 ESV
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.
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Colossians 3:5 ESV
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
Matthew 5:9 ESV
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Peace makers between man and God. There is no peace in the world because of man’s sin. Earthly peace makers try to make peace by covering over sin, by trying to make arrangements with men. But the true spiritual peacemakers try to remove the injustice, the pain, the sin that is in the world. To be a peacemaker, we must first find peace with God ourselves. We can only find peace through Jesus.
Romans 5:1 ESV
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus has sent us to be peacemakers. We are the ambassadors for Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Matthew 5:10 ESV
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Men are persecuted for many reasons, such as sin, foolishness, bad habits. But only those persecuted because of righteousness are blessed. Sometimes we bring trouble on ourselves unnecessarily. We think we are righteous , but in fact we are suffering because of our mistakes or lack of knowledge. Let us be certain that what we are doing will bring honor to God. According to the New Testament we must suffer persecution.
2 Timothy 3:12 ESV
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
If we do not suffer some kind of persecution, we are probably not living for God’s glory. The truly righteous person is not of the world; he is a citizen of the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, worldly men persecute him.
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Matthew 5:11–12 ESV
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 5:11–12 ESV
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
If we suffer because of Christ, we will be blessed. We should be prepared to suffer insults, slander and persecution. And when it comes, what must a believer do?
If we suffer because of Christ, we will be blessed.
Acts 5:40–41 ESV
and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.
No one naturally rejoices when trouble comes to him. Only one who has the Holy Spirit within him can rejoice in persecution. God allows persecution to come upon us to test whether we are being led by the Holy Spirit, to test our faith.
1 Peter 1:6–7 ESV
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Look at what Paul wrote:
2 Corinthians 4:17 ESV
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
God is not obliged to reward us; rather, He chooses to do so according to His own will. We are God’s children. It is our duty to obey our Father. It is our duty to be people such as are described in these eight beatitudes. If we, through the Holy Spirit, possess these eight qualities described, then we shall be truly blessed.
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