Thursday, April 27, 2017

This portion of the Bible is usually known as the sermon on the mount. In it are the Beatitudes. During past centuries this part of the Bible has been a puzzle to many. Unknown numbers of good men have dreamed of making it work in present day society. Failure has always been the result. Even books have been written in which the characters were supposed to follow the principles of the sermon on the mount. It works in fiction, but not in reality. Why? Why do men find this sermon impossible to put in practice? Why was it given? And you may be able to think of many more questions in this connection. Is there a solution?

Yes, there is a solution to the problem. It is a solution offered by the Word itself. It lies in right division. The simple remedy is often untried.

In the first place we must remember that the Lord is ministering to Jews only. Matthew's gospel is concerning Christ as King, the lion of the tribe of Judah. In 1:21 we read, Call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins. His people are Israel or the Jews. He came to save them from their sins so they could fulfill the commission God gave to them way back in Exodus. They were to be a priestly nation to testify to the nations of the earth the name of Jehovah.

The wise men asked, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? In chapter 10 He chose the 12 and instructed them not to go to Gentiles, or even the Samaritans, but rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. If God made a difference, between Jew and Gentile, why shouldn't we?

So the people spoken to in Matt 5,6,7 are a people who have an earthly hope. They were expecting a great kingdom here on the earth with the Messiah of Israel on the throne of His father David, ruling over Israel and even the nations of the earth. So He could say, Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. That is not a promise to anybody today. When at the end of Acts, Israel was set aside for the time being, the hope was also postponed till the times of the Gentiles end.

Now today we have two gospels to proclaim. One is John 3:16 and those that believe will be resurrected some day and have a part in the new earth. This is the hope of the bulk of Christendom. Or a few chosen from before the overthrow will inhabit heavenly places in resurrection (Eph 1:3). But the membership in the millennial kingdom has been closed at Acts 28:28. So meekness will not make one inherit the earth in these days now.

We know very well that the sermon on the mount is not workable today. Suppose you gave to anybody that asked, or lent to any that desired it? In short order you would have nothing left. So we can readily see that this cannot apply now.

The kingdom was already among them for the King stood in their presence. He was about to ratify the new covenant with His blood ( see Jer 31:31). In the kingdom they will be a resurrected people with new hearts. This sermon will be their constitution.

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+1 #3 The Believers 2011-05-24 18:31
Our Reply to Comments #1 and #2:

God bless your beautiful heart and thank you for writing. We thank God for the Berean spirit that searches the Scriptures daily whether these things be so. To see Truth from tradition one must observe the administrations of God, determine the administration to which they belong and then be able to rightly divide if a given passage of Scripture is speaking about Foundational Truth or Dispensational Truth and whether the passage applies to their administration or dispensation. The Scriptures that contain the "Sermon on the Mount" and "Lord's Prayer" offer a wonderful opportunity to illustrate this principle and clarify Truth from tradition. Let us look at the "Lord's Prayer" and the principles that govern it which also govern "The Sermon on the Mount". Click to read study.

We hope this helps and may The Lord bless you,
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0 #2 RICKY KEATON 2011-05-23 22:13
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+3 #1 William Thomas 2011-05-23 15:52
Why would Jesus not speak to all people with the sermon on the mount? He knew he came to save the world, and whom so ever believed in him shall have everlasting life. A few days later he save the soul of the thief on the cross, who, even a the last hour of his life, believed that Christ was the savior of the world.
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Today the principles of right division have been almost lost so we offer teachings from the Word of God that will illuminate how to rightly divide the Scriptures.  2 Timothy 2:15 states "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth".  Click to learn more.

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