Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: but I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. Whereas tradition had confined the prohibition to an overt act of unchastity, the King shows that it forbade the unclean desires of the heart. Whether in court of law, or out of it the rule is, “Swear not at all.” Yet, in this Christian country we have swearing everywhere, and especially among law-makers. The Structure is the commentary showing that this teaching is connected with the proclamation of the kingdom (Matthew 5:3), and is to be interpreted by it. do not even the publicans the same? Always be ready to make peace, — not peace at any price; but, still, peace at any price except the sacrifice of righteousness. Feb 2, 1986 1.1K … “Nay,” saith Christ; “you must go beyond them.” They were, after all, superficial, flimsy, pretentious, unreal in their righteousness; and we must have a far nobler character than they ever attained, or we “shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”. If the Lord only sent the fertilizing shower upon the land of the saintly, drought would deprive whole leagues of land of all hope of a harvest. of the Traditional "Sermon" Concept, A Biblical Defense of Conditional Immortality, Biblically Dispelling the Myth of Eternal Torture. Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. The multitudes perceived in him a love to them, and a willingness to impart blessing to them, and therefore they gathered about him. It is the very genius of Christianity to help those who are utterly unworthy, — to be kind and generous even to those who are pretty certain to repay us with ingratitude and malice. Wednesday at 5:19 PM #5 The only current-day one I have is D. A. Carson's, and I find it always helpful. Life and Immortality - Basil Atkinson, M.A., PhD. Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: but I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. Matthew 5:30. Matthew 5:16. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Christ aims at perfect purity in his people, and we must aim at it too, and we must really attain to more holiness than the best outward morals can produce. So, dear friends, if God’s grace is in you, there is a pungent savor about you which fends to preserve others from going as far into sin as otherwise they would have done; “Ye are the salt of the earth:”. The law is spiritual; it touches the emotions, the thoughts, the desires, as well as the words and actions of men. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Anger “without a cause” is forbidden by the command which says “Thou shalt not kill;” for unjust anger is killing in intent. The earth would go putrid if there were no salt of grace to preserve it. This time our King quotes and condemns a permissive enactment of the Jewish state. The same rule that bids you avoid sin, bids you also avoid all that leads to sin. Blessed are the peacemakers: Those who always end a quarrel if they can, those who lay themselves out to prevent discord,-. Lord, purge them out of my nature, and make me pure within! ou dunatai polis krubenai epano horous keimene; Matthew 5:41. 1. If you can do him any service, do it cheerfully, do it readily. Matthew 5:13. Theologian Paul on Life, Death, and Immortality - Froom, Gravity of Ascribing False Teachings to Christ - (refernce to Dives and Lazarus), The Old Testament Use of the Word Sheol (Hell), The Rich Man and Lazarus: An Intermediate State? Matthew 5:22. You know how people say, “If you tread on a worm: it will turn;” but, brethren, a worm is not an example for a Christian, even if the poor wounded creature does turn toward you in its agony. The Nature of Man - Dualistic or Holistic? - In the so-called sermon on the mount (Matthew 5; Matthew 6; Matthew 7:1-28) the Lord proclaims the principles of the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:25. 1 retroGRAD3 Puritan Board Sophomore. Matthew 5 He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. Matthew 5 Commentary (from his sermon notes) Matthew 5:1-3 Because I’m Happy; Matthew 5:4-7 Happy Are the Sad; Matthew 5:5 The Meek are Not Weak; Matthew 5:6-7 Thirsty Souls & Hungry Hearts; Matthew 5:7 Men of Mercy; Matthew 5:8 Pure Hearts And you are treading in their steps, so you are entering into their heritage. God had said, “Thou shalt not kill;” but the remainder of the verse was the gloss of the Rabbis, a true one, yet one that very much diminishes the force of the divine command. We might make a helpful change if we were sometimes to adopt a similar plan now. Matthew 5:29. For they shall obtain mercy. Where that kind of spirit is found, it is sweet poverty: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”. I would anxiously desire to be at peace with all men before I attempt to worship God, lest I present to God the sacrifice of fools. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. You know how people say, “If you tread on a worm: it will turn;” but, brethren, a worm is not an example for a Christian, even if the poor wounded creature does turn toward you in its agony. Our Lord knows better than our modern social reformers. Study to show thyself approved . False swearing was forbidden of old, but every kind of swearing is forbidden now by the word of our Lord Jesus. In law-suits, seek speedy and peaceful settlements. Yet the Church, for the most part, has allowed it to go unnoticed. This is a sad crime against the Word of the Lord. For they shall be called the children of God. Yet these are the things which defile a man. We ought not to evade taxation, but stand ready to render to Caesar his due. Matthew 5:42. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing. - F. F. Bruce. Matthew 5:11. He forbids divorce except for the one crime of infidelity to the marriage-vow. Commentary on Matthew 5:17-20 (Read Matthew 5:17-20) Let none suppose that Christ allows his people to trifle with any commands of God's holy law. ‘Spurgeon always provides a solid meal and sustenance on which one can live … Never was the truth he preached and proclaimed, in such a winsome and powerful manner, more needed than today.’ — D. MARTYN LLOYD-JONES Matthew 5:25-26. Christians were to be of a yielding temper, and bear a double exaction rather than provoke ill words and anger. Murder lies within anger, for we wish harm to the object of our wrath, or even wish that he did not exist, and this is to kill him in desire. “A crypt or cavern would have been out of all character for a message which is to be published upon the housetops, and preached to every creature under heaven.” (Spurgeon) - Herman Hanko, Problems and Limitations of the Traditional "Sermon" Concept, Quitting Church: Why the Faithful Are Fleeing - Ingrid Schlueter, Should One Man Be The Dominant, Focal-Point Of A Church Service. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. You are wrong enough at your best, so do not permit anything to appertain to you, which would lead you still further astray, Matthew 5:31-32. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Growing Up With Two Moms: The Untold Children’s View. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Though to have done with it would involve deprivation, yet must it be dispensed with, since even a serious loss in one direction is far better than the losing of the whole man. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. Let us not be among those who take up novel ideas of wedlock, and seek to deform the marriage laws under the pretense of reforming them. The law is spiritual; it touches the emotions, the thoughts, the desires, as well as the words and actions of men. There is such a connection between purity of heart and purity of understanding that the man whose eye is clarified by holiness shall see God. And he is himself in a hopeless condition. They shall not only be the children of God, but people shall call them by that name. Whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Matthew 5:46-48. I am afraid that ease of posture may contribute to the creation of slumber of heart in the hearers. Where this is practically carried out, men wonder, respect, and admire the followers of Jesus. Matthew 5:20. Matthew 5:27-28 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. What a King is ours, who stretches his scepter over the realm of our inward lusts! We are to render blessing for cursing, prayers for persecutions. Matthew 5:22. Matthew 5:5. In a country where “just fee” meant robbery, it was wisdom to be robbed, and to make no complaint. Courtesy should be wide, and none the less sincere because general. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing. A man might, in a fit, utter words which would divorce his wife. Matthew 5:19. Matthew 5:6. Blessed are the pure in heart:-, It is a most blessed attainment to have such a longing for purity as to love everything that is chaste and holy, and to abhor everything that is questionable and unhallowed: blessed are the pure in heart:-, There is a wonderful connection between hearts and eyes. Matthew 5:39. A man might, in a fit, utter words which would divorce his wife. Matthew 5:14. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Matthew 5:48. This is the spirit of the Christian — to live with the view of doing service. Matthew 5:25-26. Matthew 5:27-28. And there are some debts of which we cannot pay the uttermost farthing; and there is a prison out of which no man shall come, for the uttermost farthing demanded there shall never be paid. And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: You notice that the Preacher sat down, and that his disciples stood around him. We also must do good to the evil, or we shall have a narrow sphere, our hearts will grow contracted, and our sonship towards the good God will be rendered doubtful. To stand up against force is not exactly our part; we may leave that to others. Matthew 5:9-10. Matthew 5:8: The Sixth Beatitude. Matthew 5:38-43. Let him have all he asks, and more. Their Worm Does Not Die: Annihilation and Mark 9:48, Evidence for the Resurrection - William Lane Craig -Text and Audio, The Evidence for Jesus - William Lane Craig - Text and Video. Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. They share the kingdom of heaven with the poor in spirit. And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: You notice that the Preacher sat down, and that his disciples stood around him. Leave off strife before you begin. If adultery be forbidden, so also is that glance with which the sin usually begins. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. Matthew 5:9-10. His word is law. Ye are the light of the world. Better a blind saint than a quick-sighted sinner. It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Its requirements will always be the same; immutably fixed, and never to be abated by so little as “one jot or one tittle.”, Matthew 5:19-20. Ye are the salt of the earth: Followers of Christ, “ye are the salt of the earth.” You help to preserve it, and to subdue the corruption that is in it. Yet even in a country where justice can be had, We are not to resort to law for every personal wrong. Matthew 5:19. A professing Christian with no grace in him, a religious man whose very religion is dead, what is the good of him? To do good for the sake of the good done, and not because of the character of the person benefited, is a noble imitation of God. To do good for the sake of the good done, and not because of the character of the person benefited, is a noble imitation of God. It is not because a certain thing may make us clever and successful that therefore we are to allow it, if it should prove to be the frequent cause of our falling into sin, we must have done with it, and place ourselves at a disadvantage for our life-work, rather than ruin our whole being by sin. Matthew 5:12. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. It thus became rather a proverb among men than an inspired utterance from the mouth of God. A great deal of sin comes in at the eye. Mind, it must be said falsely, and it must be for Christ’s sake, if you are to be blessed; but there is no blessing in having evil spoken of you truthfully, or in having it spoken of you falsely because of some bitterness in your own spirit. What a King is ours, who stretches his scepter over the realm of our inward lusts! We must not treat our fellow-men with contempt and derision, nor indulge any angry temper against them, for anger is of the devil, but “love is of God.”. That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. He is a cloud that is full of rain, and that empties itself upon the earth. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. See how the great Lord of the New Testament confirms the Old Testament. Matthew 5:5. There are no mourning hearts that mourn over sin, and mourn after God, that shall be deserted by their God: “they shall be comforted.”. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. It is not sinful to have an eye, or to cultivate keen perception; but if the eye of speculative knowledge leads us to offend by intellectual sin, it becomes the cause of evil, and must be mortified. Matthew 5:41. Hence all this comes under such censure as men distribute in their councils; yes, under what is far worse, the punishment awarded by the highest court of the universe, which dooms men to “hell fire.” Thus our Lord and King restores the law of God to its true force, and warns us that it denounces not only the overt act of killing, but every thought, feeling, and word which would tend to injure a brother, or annihilate him by contempt. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. They added to the saved oracles. They share the kingdom of heaven with the poor in spirit. The forgiving, the generous, the kind: “Blessed are the merciful:” —. Better lose a suit of cloth than be drawn into a suit in law. Biblical and Practical Advantages for Meeting Within Homes. To stand up against force is not exactly our part; we may leave that to others. This is a common method, to append to the teaching of Scripture a something which seems to grow out of it, or to be a natural inference from it, which something may be false and wicked. Its meaning, as God spake it, had a far wider range than when the offence was restrained to actual killing, such as could be brought before a human judgment-seat. There is nothing like ending disputes at once, before the rancor grows, and your adversary becomes determined to push you to extremes. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. Matthew 5:38. Matthew 5:3. The requirement of a writing was to a certain degree a check upon an evil habit, which was so engrained in the people that to refuse it altogether would have been useless, and would only have created another crime. It is said that, in Hindustan, there is a complete divorce of religion from morality, so that a man may be supposed to be eminently religious even while living in the utmost filthiness and vice; but it must never be so among us. They were very particular about little things, jots and tittles; but we must go further than they went; we must have more righteousness of life than they had, although they seemed to their fellow-men to be excessively precise. Shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hellfire. Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: but I say unto you, Swear not at all:-, Christ thus abolishes the whole system of swearing, as it ought to be abolished in every place; and he goes on to show that he did not mean merely unclean, false oaths, or oaths taken as some men take them blasphemously, but every form and kind of oath, for he says, “Swear not at all”—. Do what he wants of you. Matthew 5:4. Lord, give what thou dost command; then both the grace and the glory will be thine alone. Yet the second is evidently the clearer duty, and should be attended to at once: neither can we expect the Lord to attend to us unless we attend to this duty. Yet these are the things which defile a man. How are we the servants of Christ if we have not his spirit? Chapter 43. Ten Indictments Against the Modern Church - Paul Washer - Video, The Bible Without Comment - William E. 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