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Want to engage in a study of The Sermon on the Mount? Feel free to download Vincent Cheung's study on this critical subject. 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 it 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."
"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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