The Sermon on the Mount
"blessed is"

Matthew 5 and Luke 6

Matthew 5

1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you,
     and persecute you,
     and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely,
for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Luke 6

20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said,
     Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.

21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled.
     Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you,
     and when they shall separate you from their company,
     and shall reproach you,
     and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.
 

1 Falwell 6

66 God will blesses are those who bless the Jews, and curse those who curse the Jews. (or Israeli)

Blessed are: In Matthew 5 and Luke 6

1.   Poor in spirit.
2.   That mourn - weep.
3.   The meek.
4.   That hunger (now) and thirst after righteousness.
5.   Merciful.
6.   Pure in heart.
7.   Peacemakers.
8.   Persecuted for righteousness' sake.
9.   Reviled.
10. When they say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
11. Hated for what you believe.
12. Separated from their company, (Kicked out of the churches.)
13. Reproached.
14. When your name is demonized. (Name as evil.)
15. When you are not offended (in Christ) by this treatment.
16. Because you have eyes to see and ears to hear.
17.  When found in this state of scorn at Jesus coming. (whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.)

What exactly does all this mean?

Matthew 5:3, Poor in spirit.

Luke 6:20 poor.

Your attitude toward money.

"Few men have virtue to withstand the
highest bidder." - George Washington

The word  translated 'spirit' has to do with your mental attitude and 'poor' has to do with money. Some Christians seem think poverty equals righteousness. But many of the great people of the Bible were wealthy. Noah had enough money to build the arc. Abraham, Joseph, David, Solomon and many others in the Bible were wealthy. Joseph of Arimathea was rich. Jesus Christ was probably likewise rich. Remember the Magi gave him precious items such as gold. Money is the power to do good and evil. And in today's world it seems that only the wicked have it in abundance.

Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

So how are we to be 'poor in spirit', what should our attitude (spirit) toward money be?
 

Money
     Poor in spirit
          Ten Commandments
               The Mark of the Beast

Click here to see the connection between being poor in spirit,  the Ten Commandments, money and the Mark of the Beast. The Mark of the Beast.

mourn - weep.

1 Corinthians 5:2

And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. (Puffed up is the opposite of meek. This verse has to do with disfellowshipping sinners within church congregations.)

Ezekiel 9 - The Mark of God

4  And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

5  And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:

6  Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. (The unfaithful elder clergy were the first to die. )

meek Numbers 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)

Psalms 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. (The meek are teachable.)

Psalms 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. (Jesus was quoting this verse.)

hunger (now) and thirst  
Merciful.  
Pure in heart.  
Peacemakers Romans 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

1 Thessalonians 5:12   And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
13   And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

2 Corinthians 13:11   Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

Mark 950   Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

Matthew 6:12-15 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Christians need to get along with one another and not be constantly fighting amongst themselves.

   One of the greatest curses upon Christianity is the constant infighting. The Jews and Liberals always seem to get along with each other. In Ireland it is Catholic against Protestant. World War 2 was mostly one Christian nation against another.

'Right-wingers' are notorious for fighting amongst themselves. Nationally the Christian Nations are frequently at war with one another. (While loving their national enemy, those who hate Christ.) World War 1 and 2 for example.  Christianity is divided into the Protestant and Catholics. Both Protestants and Catholics are divided into feuding denominations. (But they love rather than feud with their religious enemy.) For two thousand years Christians have not been 'peacemakers' amongst themselves.

Persecuted  
Reviled  
all manner of evil against you falsely Newspaper and TV programming about good people. 'Watch' groups that slander Christians.
Hated Hated by those who call you a hater.
separate you from their company This is the opposite of  1 Corinthians 5:2. When you are disfellowshiped, not because you are bad, but because you are good.
reproach  
name as evil The news media took a perfectly good word 'Identity' which described a church doctrine. To prejudice the general public's mind "Identity" was redefined by the wicked to mean "neo-Nazi hate group"
not be offended  

 



 

 

 

 

1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Luke 6:20
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed
be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
4 Blessed are  they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
1 Corinthians 5:2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
Luke 6 Blessed are ye that weep now:  for ye shall laugh.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Luke 6:21
Blessed are ye
that hunger now:  for ye shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are  the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye,  when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Luke 6:22
Blessed are ye,
when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. John 16:2
Matthew 11:6
And blessed is he,
whosoever shall not be offended in me.  
Luke 7:23
And blessed is he,
whosoever shall not be offended in me.  
Matthew 13:16
But blessed
 are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.  
Matthew 24:46
Blessed is that servant,
whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.  

These 'blessed' are the salt of the earth and light of the world.

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Christians are to have good works.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

So there is no misunderstanding.

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy      ?      , but to fulfill.       ?      .

Many parts of the Bible seem to be written with blank spaces. For example, in Matthew 18:20 we read, " For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them."

The unasked question is, who are the "two or three"?

          Two or three Christians?
               Two or three disciples?
                    Two or three Apostles?
                         Two or three clergymen?

The only way to fill in the "blank space" is to study the verses before, after or somewhere else.

"Where two or three (what?) are gathered in My name..."

We are not going to answer that question now. You can think about it for yourself.

In Matthew 5:17 Christ said, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I came not to destroy (What?) , but to fulfill. (What?) "

Exactly what Christ came to destroy or to fulfill is unclear. Most say, "Jesus came to fulfill the law meaning fulfill the Ten Commandments.  Therefore, they reason, the law is done away in Jesus. That 'fulfilling' the Law did away with the Law. They say, "You see, we are not under the law but under grace."

But Jesus said, 17 "Think not that I come to destroy the law, or destroy the prophets: I came not to destroy what? but to fulfill what?"

[18] "For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, not one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all (what?) be fulfilled.

In Luke 24:44 we can find light upon this question. There Jesus Christ referred to His words recorded in Matthew 5:17-18,

Luke 24:44 refers to Matthew 5:15-18

Luke 24:44 "And He said unto them, these are the words which I spoke unto you (a few years ago in Matthew 5:17) while I was yet with you, (before the crucifixion) that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets, and in the Psalms, concerning Me."
 

Luke 24:44, "And He said unto them, these are the words which I spoke unto you (a few years ago in Matthew 5:17) while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets, and in the Psalms, concerning Me." 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy      ?      , but to fulfill.       ?      .
Question: What was to be fulfilled? Answer: All things (prophesies concerning Me) must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets, and in the Psalms, .

Compare

 Spoken before Calvary

Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy (the law), but to fulfill. (the prophesies).

 Spoken after Calvary

Luke 24:44 these are the words which I spoke unto you (a few years ago in Matthew 5:17) while I was yet with  you that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets, and in the Psalms, concerning Me."

Plain English: Don't think for a moment that I came to do away with the Ten Commandments or the books of Moses, (The Law) the Psalms or the Prophets.

 


 Don't think that the Old Testament is 'old' and not for us today. I came not to do away with any of this. I came to fulfill all the prophesies written in these books, in the law and in the prophets, concerning Me.

Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all        ?          be fulfilled.

19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

 


All prophesies be fulfilled.

The clergy teach: "The Law is done away in Jesus". "We are not under the law but under grace"

Will these clergymen be great in the kingdom of heaven?