Sermon on the Mount, Part 5 – Perspectives
Perspectives on the Sermon on the Mount
In today’s lesson, we take one final look at the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus came not only to confirm the Old Testament Law, but to elevate it to the highest level – a level of holiness and perfection. It is a standard that can only be attained in the power of the Holy Spirit operating in the life of a believer.
We have seen in the past few lessons that the Sermon in the Mount is not just some syrupy sweet, feel-good pep talk. It is in fact a call to holiness and perfection that only the born-again, spirit-filled believer can begin to attain.
Final attainment of the moral standard of the Sermon on the Mount will only be fulfilled in eternity. Until then, the Sermon on the Mount is the lofty goal, the North Star that points us in the proper direction toward which we are to be steadily progressing.
Are You Listening?
In some ways, the Sermon on the Mount reminds me of half-time locker room talks by my athletic coaches in high school and college. When we were not doing well, our coaches could use some pretty strong, direct talk to motivate us to perform better. In my military service, those types of “talks” by drill sergeants and commanders could be significantly stronger, louder, and much more direct (often questioning even our lineage and physical makeup). While Jesus’ words are always proper and clean, His message is also direct and on target. He who has ears, let him hear!
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If you are uncertain of your standing with God, then go to Him right now to start your eternal relationship with Him. His free gift of eternal life and sanctification in Christ is there for the asking. Once you have taken that first step of salvation, our study in Matthew will get you well on your way to a loving and lasting relationship with the Almighty God who is seeking your friendship. He will guide you into all the truth (John 16:13) and help you become and do all He has in store for you.
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