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.

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)

“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)

Thoughts on Christ

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