Jesus words 9 – beatitudes
What his kingdom is all about
UN Israel teaching
Modeling for disciples to live and teach
The upside down world revealed.
Makarios then describes …. that joy which is serene and untouchable, and ….that joy which is completely independent of all the chances and changes of life.” (Barclay)
“ For “ – the reason – kingdom of grace
“Kingdom of heaven “ – comes w/o self-sufficiency
= in contrast to this worlds value of self-esteem
= reliance on God’s Grace alone.
- POOR IN SPIRIT
Jewish state of mind
Sufficiency of Abraham….
Matthew 3 ( John the Baptist – You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.)
AUDIENCE – YOU
Spiritual need for God’s Grace?
2.) THOSE WHO MORN
For broken relationship w/ God
comfort = forgiveness
3.). THE MEEK
Example – Moses’ attitude toward God’s children.
GK = ‘broken horse’, power under control
4.). HUNGRR AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS
Characteristics of hungry
Starting point for mercy resides…
6.) PURE IN HEART
Pure is not … mixed /up , diluted, part but whole
What does peace do?
Who brings peace
8.) PERSECUTED FOR RIGHTEUOSNESS
Contrast Israel hopes for “Kingdom” – political independence, supremacy
Kingdom of God – where righteousness invites persecution !
Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 2 Ti 3:12
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 1 Pe 1:6-8
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 1 Pe 4:12-14
But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 1 Pe 5:10