|Matthew 5:1-10 |
1 [The Sermon on the Mount is the greatest sermon of all time. Everyone can hear the power of these words on the surface, but the real meaning has been hidden from most over the centuries. For that reason, a short explanation is provided in brackets for the first few verses. Bracketed text is commentary or clarification.] And seeing the multitudes, he went up on a mountain, and when he was seated, his disciples came to him.
And seeing the multitudes, he went up on a mountain, and when he was seated, his disciples came to him.
2 Then he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [Blessed are those who know they are poor in spirit, who know they need more of the Holy Spirit, who know they are in great need and in spiritual poverty, Rev 3:17-19. But woe to you who are rich [think you are spiritually rich]! For you have received your comfort. Luke 6:24. Jesus came to preach the gospel to the poor (in Spirit) because only those who know they are slaves to sin, can hear His gospel offer to destroy the sin in them and free them indeed. As Jesus said: "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."]
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. [Blessed are those who mourn because they are slaves to sin, because they have no control over their emotions. Blessed are those who mourn because they have waited on and listened to the Holy Spirit, who shows them how they are slaves to sin, locked in selfishness, captive to lusts, and in bondage to their emotions, for they shall be comforted; for the same Holy Spirit of grace, both shows a man his sins and then removes them, purifying for himself a people who are his very own, zealous for good works. And: Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. Luke 6:21. But: Woe to you who laugh now! For you shall mourn and weep. Luke 6:25. You must hate your worldly life in order to be motivated to lose your worldly life and thereby find the superior life of God.]
5 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. [Blessed are those who have been changed by the Spirit of God to become humble, gentle, and in control of their emotions, for they shall inherit a new earth; and those who wait upon the Lord shall inherit the earth, Psalm 37:9, for by your persistent and patient waiting on the Lord, He changes you to become meek with great self-control. From the word of the Lord within: "Those who wait on the Lord shall inherit a new earth."]
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. [Blessed are those who want to be free from sin, who hunger for the praise of God instead of from men; and because of that hunger, they seek God with all their heart and soul to then receive the Holy Spirit's purifying of their hearts and souls, thereby becoming righteous. John warns us: Little children, let no man deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous. 1 John 3:7-10. Jesus tells us how he practiced righteousness: Of my own self, I can do nothing. I judge only as I hear. John 5:30; and whatever I speak is just as the Father has told me to speak. John 12:49-50; and the Son is able to do nothing of himself [by his own will], but only does what he sees the Father do. John 5:19... Obedience leads to righteousness, Rom 6:16. When you are filled, then you judge, speak and act, only as you are prompted by God, just like Jesus practiced; then, and only then, you are righteous. This is to do the will of the Father; only he who does the will of the Father shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Mat 7:21. But woe to you who are full! For you shall hunger. Luke 6:25.]
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. [Those who forgive, will be forgiven. Mercy triumphs over judgment. Those who do not forgive others, who stay angry, who hold grudges, who resent others, will not be forgiven by God. The Lord desires mercy, not sacrifice. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Mat 6:12. Let your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, in proportion to our waiting and hoping on you. Psa 33:22. George Fox wrote: "Forgiveness is more than with the mouth." From the Word of the Lord within: "Forgive and forget."]
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. [Blessed are those whom the Holy Spirit cleanses to purity, for they will see the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus appear in their hearts, in ever increasing glory. When he appears, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And every man who has this hope in him purifies himself, even as He [Jesus] is pure. 1 John 3:2-3. He appears not just to be seen, but He then guides you through the rest of your life with what to do and say; then you are working righteousness like He did. Unless you have a pure heart, you will not see God; until your heart is purified, you will not see God, in this life or the next.]
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. [Blessed are those who seek and attain peace, which is the fruit of having attained righteousness, and which is quietness and confident trust (unquestionable assurance) forever. Then the peace of Christ will rule your heart; rule as king, rule your thoughts, rule your words, and rule your deeds.]
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [All who are determined to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12. Therefore, since Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, because he who has suffered in the flesh is finished with sin. 1 Peter 4:1-2. It is through many trials and tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God, Acts 14:22. If there is no suffering, (even to being scourged), there is no being a son of God and no salvation, which is to be freed from sin.]