The Quality, Fiber, Personification, Portrayal, Testimonial, Trait, or Character of a True Child of God Part 1
Charles e. Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church
The Twelve Disciples who became the Twelve Apostles
Four Groups of people who were going to hear the sermon:
Luke condenses and Matthew expands the Sermon on the Mount.
The subjects and blessedness of the kingdom
We’re going to begin with a look at this classic sermon from Jesus.
When Jesus finished His sermon on the plain, the people were so shocked because He taught with such power and authority. Jesus never used quotes, only God, and when He didn’t speak as if God was a distinct authority, Jesus simply spoke as God. He was God. In reality, Jesus said with the same authority that He said when He created the universe. That unalterable, unassailable authority was present when He spoke on spiritual matters. When He talked about His Kingdom, when He talked about salvation He spoke with the same authority.
Jesus had a spiritual ministry, His teaching was the doctrine of Jesus, we call the Gospel, what He taught about was spiritual, what he taught about salvation, what He taught about the Kingdom of Heaven, or the Kingdom of God, was totally and perfectly the final and last word.
Far too many misunderstand the last verse in the Bible: What Jesus has said, is the final word to any spiritual issues. It doesn’t mean that we can’t change the words in the Bible for clearer understanding, but means we can’t change Christ’s words with our words.
The reason why people have such a hard time in hearing and understanding then, as well as now, is that what Christ was teaching was totally the opposite of human thinking, even to those who were religious.
When Jesus taught, Jesus did not add a little baptistic word or the current religious wisdom. He did not just take a little away from it, He totally did away with it. It didn’t look like Baptist.
What Jesus taught in 33 A.D. burst all men’s basic ideas, the cornerstone of their human thinking.
Reading Luke 6:20-23… Jesus said the very opposite of what most people think.
Now this is not a sermon about ethics; this is a sermon about salvation. This is an authoritative word from God that sets the standard by which anybody can discern their spiritual condition.
well if that’s the case and you want to know your condition, here is the standard by which you can determine it. Here is the test.
Jesus’ teaching ends in verse 49 and will lay down in no ambiguous or doubtful, or dubious or hesitant, or iffy terms the plumb line against which your life can be calculated, or measured. And you will certainly be able to find out whether you know God or you don’t know Him. You will learn if you are headed to Heaven or Hell, whether you are a Saint or you Ain’t. Whether you are the blessed or the cursed.
The Jews certainly knew about blessings and cursing from a long time ago. Deuteronomy 27 land 29
THE SETTING OF THE SERMON
Verse 20, Luke tells us that “Jesus turned His gaze on His disciples and began to say – ”
Four groups of people were in the hearing of Jesus sermon
Now to demonstrate the purpose of Jesus in the sermon, you need to look for a moment at the end of the sermon, because any good preacher is going to bring everything to a conclusion and make his point clear. Luke 6:47-49
So let’s look more closely at how Jesus opens the message.
Two words dominate: blessed and woe. And under each of those there are four statements.
There are four blessings and four woes. And it is a strange paradox; it is an opposite paradox to human thinking.
Blessed are the poor, the hungry, the sad, the rejected; and cursed are the rich, satisfied, happy and popular.
Now take the word “blessed.” It’s the Greek makarioi. It means “most favored.” It speaks of somebody who is in the most beneficial condition. Then the other one, “woe,” ouai, almost a transliteration in the Greek, it means “most unfavored.” It means the person who is in the worst condition.
We read “Blessed are you who are poor, and bless this and woe and woe…”
These are absolute statements of fact. The poor are blessed. The hungry are blessed. The weeping are blessed. And the rejected are blessed. And the rich and the full and the happy and the popular are cursed.
It is a statement of fact.
Now let’s begin by looking at the blessed.
Let’s start out with being blessed. Luke 6:20
1 Samuel 2:8 He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts up the beggar from …
Psalm 7:16 A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of manywicked.
Psalm 113:7,8 He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of …
Proverbs 16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide …
Proverbs 19:1 Better is the poor that walks in his integrity, than he that is perverse …
And the first characteristic of the people who are blessed comes in the First Beatitude
First is the blessing of poverty, isn’t that paradoxical? verse 20. Jesus begins the sermon, Luke’s record of it, “Blessed are you, who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God.” cf. Proverbs 30:7
The meaning of poverty explained
Poverty in itself is not necessarily a blessing. What’s the point? He’s not talking about material poverty. He’s not talking about economics. What kind of poverty is He talking about?
God doesn’t give salvation to people because they’re deprived economically and materially. He’s talking about spiritually poor. The people that are blessed are people who understand their spiritual poverty.
They understand the bankrupt condition of their soul.
They understand that they have absolutely no resources with which to buy God’s favor.
They understand that salvation is not by works, good deeds, righteous acts, ceremonies, ritual, religious thoughts, feelings, etc.
I come to present good news, but the only people for whom the good news is applicable is those who see themselves as poor, prisoners, blind and oppressed.
The blessed are not those who think they’re spiritually rich, not those who think their own personal righteousness is sufficient to buy them salvation.
In fact, the word for “poor” 4434 ptochoi which means to cower and cringe like a beggar.
Not only do you have nothing, but you have no capability to earn anything and so you’re reduced to the humiliating life of begging. And because it’s so humiliating and so shameful and so despicable, you don’t even look up. You just cringe, you cover your face, you put your hand up.
Why are they blessed? Because, “For yours is the Kingdom of God.”
You get the Kingdom. You don’t get stuff out of the Kingdom. You get the Kingdom, the whole thing.
You become heirs of God, joint-heirs with Christ, possessors of everything in the Kingdom, all the Kingdom has to offer.
Eternal life, forgiveness, grace, mercy, joy, hope, security, comfort, peace, love, righteousness, all that is yours. It’s all yours.