The Kingdom Unveiled #7 – Matthew 5:1-16
1 When [Jesus] saw the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to teach them, saying:
> Salt and Light
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden.” 15 “No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; a light has dawned on those living in the land of darkness.
> Steps to Becoming Salt and Light
Beatitudes – “the blessings”
1) The poor in spirit…
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
…receive the Kingdom of Heaven.
2) Those who mourn…
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
…will be comforted.
2 Corinthians 7:10
10 Godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation…
3) The humble…
5 Blessed are the humble, for they will inherit the earth.
…will inherit the Earth.
16 The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, 17 and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
4) Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
…will be filled.
5) The merciful…
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
…will receive mercy.
6) The pure in heart…
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
…will see God.
1 Corinthians 13:12
12 For now we see only indirectly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.
7) The peacemakers…
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
…will be called children of God.
8) Those who are persecuted…
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. 11 “You are blessed when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me. 12 Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
…will receive a great reward in heaven.
16 …so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
> The Take-away Truth:
Give the Spirit permission to develop you.