The Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount is a good starting place if you are exploring the teachings of Jesus Christ.  The Beatitudes remind me of the Ten Commandments – but for the New Testament.  One of the central messages is that if you are nice and kind to begin with – then you earn grace more subtly, and accrue less need for penance.  It’s like studying ahead of time.

The Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 1-12) also available here.

It is visually depicted here.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

  • Possible interpretation: poor in spirit = humble

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

The Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 1-12)

Summary of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount

Other key concepts in the New Testament related to the teachings of Christ:

“While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many … ‘sinners’ came and ate with him and his disciples.  When the pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with…’sinners’?”

“On hearing this Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick…For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners’.”  (Matthew 8:17)

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute you”  (Matthew 5:44)

“Settle matters quickly with your adversary” (Matthew 5:21-26)

“Are not sparrows sold for very little? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. The very hairs on your head have been counted. Fear not. You are worth more than a flock of sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31)

“It is not what goes into a man from outside that can make him unclean. It’s what comes out of him that makes him unclean.” (Mark 7:15) “Out of men’s hearts” (Mark 7:21)

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15-17)

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.” (Matthew 5:38-48)

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.  He causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:38-48)

“Then Jesus told them this parable: Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?  And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’  I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”  (Luke 15)

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me?  Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy seven times… This is how my Heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart’.” (Matthew 19:6)

“Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:33)

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)

Imitating Christ’s Humility

“Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.”

(Philippians 2:6-11)

“For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance–now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.” (Hebrews 9:15)

 

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