Sermon On The Mount
FORWARDS EVER, BACKWARDS NEVER!
We are to THRIVE according to the Word of God, not merely survive. So be mindful to live fully in the present, and yet BE STILL!
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, FORGETTING THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE BEHIND, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 3:13-14
The Tora, first five books of the Bible, begins with four words: “In The Beginning God”!
Ask yourself, “Why did God create me?”
“God blessed them and said, 'BE FRUITFUL and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.'“ — Genesis 1:22
The fruit of the Spirit of God are as follows:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is (1)love, (2)joy, (3)peace, (4)patience, (5)kindness, (6)goodness, (7)faithfulness, (8)gentleness and (9)self-control.” — Galatians 5:22-23
I have a question. How are we to bear fruit when our behavior misses the mark set by Jesus’ “Sermon on The Mount,” which reveals His “BE-Attitudes”? The concept of being ever present in the moment which we refer to as simply “BE”, means that we are neither looking backward nor are we looking forward. All we can control is our attitude. Agreed?
I embrace a way of non-verbally expressing this to new acquaintances. I ask them to make a deal with me. I tell them that I hope that I die ahead of them. I say that I’ll be experiencing an amazing time there in Heaven, and yet when I hear the angels call out that [your name here] is approaching Heaven’s Gate then I’ll run there directly to greet them with the biggest hug they’ve ever received! When they go to shake my hand consummating our covenant, I yank mine away momentarily simply to explain that I’ll only shake hands if they agree to do the same should they unfortunately die first.
This remarkable expression of unconditional love is a way of setting our eyes firmly on Jesus. Why you ask?
“Therefore Jesus said again, ‘Very truly I tell you, I AM THE GATE for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I AM THE GATE; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
‘I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
‘I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and THERE SHALL BE ONE FLOCK AND ONE SHEPHERD. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.’” — John 10:7-18
So I will meet this new friend at the Gate of heaven, and yet Jesus declares that He is the Gate! Amen and amen.
The beatitudes are as follows:
“Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.
“(1)Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
(2)Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
(3)Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
(4)Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
(5)Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
(6)Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
(7)Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
(8)Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“(9)Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because GREAT IS YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
I have a question. How are we to live out the beatitudes when we simply exclaim that we received the Holy Spirit, and yet we don’t know the CHARACTER ATTRIBUTES of the Spirit of God?
I have another question. What is TRUTH?
Prophecy means a prediction. Almighty God spoke through men called prophets. These are God’s prophetic words. As they come true, we have greater confidence that God is who He says He is. This idea is important in understanding the magnitude of the nine character attributes of the Holy Spirit as follows:
“Then he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.” Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the (1)spirit of prophecy.”” — Revelation 19:9-10
“I have many more things to say to you, but YOU CANNOT BEAR THEM NOW. But when He, the (2)Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.” — John 16:12-15
“The Spirit of the (3)Lord will rest on Him, The spirit of (4)wisdom and (5)understanding, The spirit of (6)counsel and (7)strength, The spirit of (8)knowledge and the (9)fear of the Lord.” — Isaiah 11:2
The 4th and 5th attributes are necessary to calculate the number of the beast: “Wisdom & Understanding”.
“Here is WISDOM. Let him who has UNDERSTANDING calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.” — REVELATION 13:18
Please note that it is impossible for the number to be 6 6 6, because wisdom and understanding are necessary to calculate it.
I have a question. How many people are too lazy to do the math and multiply 6 times 3 to see that the result 18 is the same as the aforementioned verse number?
Papyrus 115 is a fragmented manuscript of the New Testament written in Greek on papyrus. It consists of 26 fragments of a codex containing parts of the Book of Revelation, and probably nothing more. It dates to the third century, c. 225-275 AD. Grenoble and Hunt discovered the papyrus in Oxyrhynchus, Egypt.