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. His Word should always be precious to us as believers who have staked their eternal futures on its veracity and faithfulness. It is precious!" (Emphasis added)
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A few months ago, we completed our study of The Sermon on the Mount and we may stay do a more in-depth study at a later dated. Remember this from the the Life Application Bible. It mentions four ways to understand the Beatitudes, which comprises verses 5:3-12:
As one reference, we used Sermon on the Mount by Vincent Cheung. It is included below: you may download it and study study it as you see fit. 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?
December 5, 2016 (Update): 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."
In this passage of scripture, Yeshua (Jesus) moves on to talk about the seventh commandment which addresses the issue of adultery. Of course, this is not the first time this subject is mentioned. We find that is one of the 10 Words of Exodus chapter 20: "Thou shalt not commit adultery" (Ex. 20:14). We find it next in Leviticus 20:10 followed by 31 additional verses. Figuratively adultery relates to one apostasy.
is not contradicting or adding to the seventh commandment, but he is counteracting the
false interpretation that has been adopted and He is definitely taking this adultery issue to another level. In other words, he says even one who looks at a woman with lust has ALREADY committed adultery in his heart.
What was the fault of the Pharisees and the scribes? They simply distorted 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 were 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)
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