Sermon on the Mount Part 2
Passage: Matthew 5:7–5:12
v.7 Blessed are the merciful..
Old Ethic - My needs are greater than your needs
New Ethic - Show mercy and you will reap mercy
Summary - As we display the mercy of God to others through our own merciful actions, God's mercy will be evident in our lives
v.8 Blessed are the pure in heart..
Old Ethic - the outward appearance is more important than the inward heart.
New Ethic - A pure heart will experience the presence of God both in this life and in the next life.
Summary - the pure in heart (cleansing of sin and loyalty to God) will see God at work in their life.
v.9 Blessed are the peacemakers...
Old Ethic - I must aggressively prove that I'm in the right.
New Ethic - Bring harmony to people's lives through exposure to the gospel.
Summary - God's peoople do the work of peacemaking through the profound work of Christ's gospel.
v. 10-12 Blessed are the persecuted for righteousness sake...
Old Ethic - If people don't like me, I must be doing something wrong.
New Ethic - Willing to stand for right even if it is unpopular and may cause personal harm.
Summary - Being persecuted is to be expected for one tha tis headed to the heavenly Kingdom.
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