The Law and the Prophets
Matthew 5:17-20
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and and the Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Many of us seem to think that we can ignore the old testament because “Jesus died for my sins.” Here Jesus clearly states He did not come to abolish the law. He came to fulfill it. Now what does that mean? Jesus lived a sinless life, He is the standard all Christians are to follow. He never broke a single rule of God’s law. And in turn He “fulfilled” the law. No man woman or child in all of existence has done this, only Jesus did. And in breaking the law we all need a savior Jesus is that savior. We can be forgiven because He died for us and after receiving Him we can live a life following His example and learning how to resist the devil and take up our cross everyday. Another way to look at it is putting on the armor of God. Paul describes this in Ephesians 6:10-18. Everyday we must strive to follow the example of Jesus, we are called Christians which means to be Christ-like. In verse 19 there is a warning, Jesus wants us to teach the law the way it should be taught and those of us who chose to twist the word will be held accountable. Be sure to know your Bible. We must do all that we can to show love to the world and show nonbelievers how Jesus can change our lives we must be vigilant and always look to God through prayer and studying the word so we can move forward in our walk with Christ. As always beloved Jesus loves you and so do I. Peace be with you.

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The Beatitudes
Matthew 5:2 Then He began to speak, and taught them saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
9 ” Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.”
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”
11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in Heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets before you.”

This is the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus opened with the Beatitudes, a description of how Christians should live. The first four describe honorable dispositions: humility, mournfulness, meekness, and a passion for justice. The next four with the exception of “pure heart”(which falls in with the first four) refer to acts of mercy, peace, and justice. The Blessed is another way of saying you have God’s favor. We should all work to live in this fashion it was our Lord and Saviors wish to have us live lives with the beatitudes as our blueprints. These are not easy to live by but we can do it. Take it one day at a time pray often and keep God at the center of your life. Until next time remember Jesus loves you and so do I, Peace be with you.

The Beatitudes

Matthew 5:13-16 Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under a bushel basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven.

The salt of the world is a reference to the way salt was used to keep food, specifically meat from spoiling. Jesus wants the Christians of the world to keep the world from spoiling. Those who are not Christians are not salty and therefore are no longer keeping the world fresh. We as Christians keep the world fresh by loving our fellow man and woman, keeping up good morals and raising children up to continue living a morally sound life.
The reference to light here is meant to keep us from hiding who we are. Do not hide your Christianity, Stand tall for your God for He is with you always! We as Christians bring light into the darkness of this world. Through your good deeds you can bring life to those who are struggling. God is love my friends and so we must also be love. Go out and be salt and light unto the world. Until next time remember Jesus loves you and so do I, Peace be with you.

 

Salt and Light