We live in a day in which the contemporary culture is diminishing, undermining, and trying to do away with the Word of God as never before. I pray that God’s Word does not become rare in our culture . However, regardless of how prevalent or scarce it may be, God’s Word is always precious. It is always invaluable. In my opinion, His Word should always be precious to believers who have staked their eternal futures on its veracity and faithfulness. It is precious!" (Emphasis added)
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Right now, we are studying The Sermon on the Mount and we may stay with this teaching for the next three months. In this study, as the Life Application Bible states that there are four ways to understand the Beatitudes, which comprises verses 5:3-12:
As one reference, we are using Sermon on the Mount by Vincent Cheung. It is included below: you may download it and study along with us. Another resource is John Stott's book, same title. Here is the link: As you study this portion of Matthew's gospel as well as the rest of the book, pay attention to Christ's intolerance to sin. And this intolerance is also noted in the other gospels as well as the epistles. And by the way, it should also be noted that this intolerance is seen in the Old Testament, beginning with Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12-17). To receive the blessings we deserve, we must follow Christ no matter what the cost, even persecution! Ouch! Question: Is Christ's teaching a direct contradiction of society's (non-Christians) typical way of life? Is a direct contradiction of the way of your own way of life? Are you the salt of the earth? What influence do you have on people? Do people see the Light in you?
August 9, 2015: ADULTERY (Matthew 5:27-30)
"You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell."
"Jesus moves on to talk about the seventh commandment, which prohibits adultery. What we have observed about how God's commands have been distorted also apply here. Jesus is not contradicting or adding to the seventh commandment, but he is counteracting the false interpretation that has been adopted. The Pharisees and the scribes distort God's commandments by redefining the terms and restricting their applications, so as to make them easier to obey. All this means is that they are breaking the commandments without admitting it. They subvert the commandments and teach others to do the same, but they insist that they are following them.
Our sinful minds tend to distort God's law, making its application so narrow that we are less likely to come under its condemnation. So we distort the sixth commandment and claim that it forbids only the final act of murder, and then we declare ourselves free from all vengeful sins. Likewise, we distort the seventh commandment and claim that it forbids only the final act of adultery, and then we declare ourselves free from all lustful sins. This is a convenient way to achieve "righteousness"; however, this righteousness is an illusion that comes from distorting God's law and redefining the terms, and not a true righteousness that comes from a clean and transformed heart that pursues genuine obedience. God does not accept justification by redefinition, and those who try to cheat his demands would only end up in the fire of hell" (Vincent Cheung, pg. 67)
DOWNLOAD, READ AND STUDY SO THAT YOU WILL BE A WORKMAN THAT NEED NOT BE ASHAMED BUT RIGHTLY DIVING THE WORD OF TRUTH (2 Timothy 2:15) AND A WORD THAT WILL MAKE YOU AND I WISE UNTO SALVATION THROUGH FAITH WHICH IS IN CHRIST JESUS AND A WORD THAT IS PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE, FOR REPROOF, CORRECTION AND INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT YOU AND I WILL BE THOROUGHLY FURNISHED INTO ALL GOOD WORKS. (2 Timothy 3:14-16)