> "THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW" Acting Like Our Father (5:43-48) INTRODUCTION 1. 2. General calling to repentance and the promise of the kingdom: Matthew 5:3-10, characterized by: ^Blessed are… _ 2. Matthew 5:6... “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”. That's not one of the commandments,” some might have complained. It is all from Him. This inner righteousness is not simply about doing good works; about doing the “right thing”. I'm not and never will be perfect. II. One clue in the context that helps us with this concept is that God is called “your Father”, and verse 45 talks about being “sons of your Father who is in heaven”. Earlier in this same chapter Jesus made an equally scandalous statement. But His grace does more than just position us. Matthew 5:38-48 Love Your Enemies. God is PERFECTLY GOOD. Would you? Will we fail? I. It represents God answering your cry in a wonderful way. But His grace does more than just position us. In fact the same Greek word translated as “perfect” in Matthew 5:48, is used throughout the New Testament, by several different writers. His very nature is righteous. The idea of hate your enemies, from God's command to wipe out inhabitants of land. As Jesus continues to teach us what it means to be truly holy, the focus is on reconciliation instead of retribution. Listen to the words of Jesus Christ... You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Respond to evil by doing good - Mt 5:39b-42 2. In Matthew 5:48, Jesus is pointing us to both a radical inner righteousness, and a radical outer righteousness. But can the rest of this sermon tell us anything about this scandalous verse? A. Something new, something different has come. Not outer righteousness in the sense of your actions. 4. 2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. It shouldn't be. 3. Rather it’s simply the theme of love which the Lord taught in verses 43-47 of Matthew 5 that He “therefore” summarized in verse 48. We should be hereby excited to seek wisdom (Proverbs 4:5, 7). 5:48 is not the end of the Sermon on the Mount, else we could safely resolve that that’s the conclusion of all that the Lord taught that day, spanning three chapters (Matthew 5, 6 & 7). I know I've fallen into that trap. The gentle are blessed, for they will inherit the earth. The Beatitudes - He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. CHAPTER 5. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. Sound familiar? Something new, something different has come. Wouldn't the real scandal be for a grace-filled child of God to say, “My goal is not obey God in all things, in every way, at all times...because that's unrealistic”? Browse Sermons on Matthew 5:48. It answers the question, what is moral perfection? I'd like to share one of those with you this morning. I. CHRISTIANITY PRESENTS A PERFECT STANDARD OF HUMANITY. It's not. It should yield us satisfaction that such a perfect Being as God is governs the world. And Jesus said, "You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, [19] Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Other verses throughout the sermon are also concerned about righteousness...5:13...“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It answers the question, what … Matthew 5:43-48 “Love your neighbor” (5:43) is central to Jesus’ teaching and he will repeat it on two other occasions in Matthew (19:19; 22:39). He writes in, In Matthew 5:48, Jesus is pointing us to both a radical inner righteousness, and a radical outer righteousness. Disgraceful; shameful or shocking; improper: Did you know Jesus was no stranger to scandal or scandalous behavior? The Passage: "As Your...Father is Perfect" (5:48). John Piper Jan 26, 1986 340 Shares Sermon. Perfect? 1. Matthew 5:48-6:8: Jesus Sermon On The Mount: Be Perfect / Don t Perform Righteousness To Be Seen By Men / Not Using Meaningless Repitition by . In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chaps. And that word appears numerous times throughout the NT, usually translated by the phrase “stumbling block”. 2. Share. THE CHRISTIAN STANDARD OF THE PERFECT IS THE NOBLEST INSPIRATION TO MAN. God doesn't simply declare us righteous because of Jesus, he also begins a work of making us righteous because of Jesus, righteous from the inside out. Matthew 5:45. so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Give the proceeds to the poor? John Piper May 21, 1995 289 Shares Then we must embrace whatever God has revealed to us. [17] For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Rom. But these aren't my words. At 111 verses, it is the longest continuous discourse of Jesus in the New Testament. Sermon Bible Commentary. God cannot be awed by any power to pervert judgment. How many of us, even if we don't say it out loud, actually live by that belief? A couple verses later, Paul talks about how we are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Not only did Jesus use the term and warn us about stumbling blocks, but He is also identified as a skandalon. But did you know Jesus also said lots of things that are still considered scandalous today? Matthew 5:48. For those who felt those hunger pains, who felt their own deep need, their own painful lack of righteousness, but were hungry and thirsty for it, there would be satisfaction. This makes it difficult to interpret and apply His teaching to contemporary living. 3. Law was basis? Jesus' call here, Jesus' kingdom call to perfect righteousness is all about grace. His very nature is righteous. But the Good News of Christ promises God's provision for that need. Never are we instructed to run from conflict. Another writer, James, the half-brother of Jesus, used it in a way that could be translated either way. Wonderfully, it is that. II. As with all proof texts, context is crucial. That would be scandalous. Listen to the way the Apostle Paul talked about the change that God effects in a life through the gospel. Now even though verse 48 doesn't use the word, it's also about righteousness...about moral uprightness. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. Listen to the assurance Jesus gave right at the beginning of this sermon. He cannot compromise. So the call of Jesus in Matthew 5:48 is not a call to measure up. It is loving because only then will we fully look to and depend on God's provision of righteousness. But without recognizing it, this man was breaking the very first commandment, “You shall no other gods before me.” Sadly, money had become his god, and as we see here, he wasn't willing to renounce it. 1. Let me say it one more time, in case you didn't hear it the first time...You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. If I went to every church in our city and delivered the same message, I think it would be considered fairly scandalous, don't you? It is loving for God to expose our inability, and therefore, the futility of our attempts to be righteous. So the scandalous call of Christ in Matthew 5:48 exposes our desperate need for righteous-ness. 1. Matthew 5:1-2. Topic. God cannot demand anything less then perfection, can he? So because of the mercy of God, when you believe, grace positions you in a righteousness that comes from outside yourself, from God himself, the perfect record, the perfect standing of Jesus. Forty-eighth and final verse of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount. But to understand that fully, we need to think about the radical. 1. Jesus is telling his followers that they must be, that we must be perfect...like God is perfect... Other verses throughout the sermon are also concerned about righteousness...5:13...“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? Then all our powers ought to be awakened to bless His name. Blessed are they who upon good grounds can call this perfect Being their Father and God. Scandalous, right? Yep, in all these verses, and many more, the same word is translated “mature” instead of “perfect”. It is implied in our text, it is taught throughout the New Testament, and it is confirmed by experience, that there is nothing so morally helpful as faith in God. Sermon on the Mount: Matthew 5:48 You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect. [20] The young man said to him, "All these I have kept. Since Jesus says “therefore” in 5:48, he is referring back to what he just said; and the last theme he taught–in 5:43-47–fits the bill of referring to who God is and who children of God should be. Are they too works-oriented? Justice is commonly distinguished into commutative and distributive, the former in an equal exchange of benefits; this can have no place in our dealings with God. Matthew 5:48 "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect (NASB: Lockman) Greek: Esesthe oun humeis teleioi os o pater humon o ouranios teleios estin. Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount - Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. This was the Messiah? Grace is not simply a, in which we stand. Before we can make sense of why this statement sounds scandalous, we need to know what Jesus means. God is PERFECTLY HOLY. We first want to finish up this last verse in chapter 5, and then we shall go into chapter 6. He is righteous. The Christ is to be so set before men, that they may get from his story the idea of a perfect human being. An inter-office memo about your company's disgraced CEO? No, it actually flows from “the new self” to which Paul pointed his readers in Ephesians 4:24. Matthew 5:48. 3. Matthew’s concept of perfection has to do with imitating God’s love and behavior. 2. You have trusted Christ, then there is a new you, a new self, just as Paul talks about here. September 9, 2018 Sermon on the Mount: 3. We might think, “Perfect? Exceeding Righteousness, The Perfect Fulfilling of Law: Christ's Sixth Illustration. I know I've fallen into that trap. Wait a minute. We have and we will fail. Can you imagine if a Supreme Court nominee was asked during confirmation hearings whether or not he would care about justice every time he presided, can you imagine what would happen if he or she said, “I will care about justice...most of the time”? We have and we will fail. Where in O.T. Maybe? That language is found throughout this sermon, and points to something radical about our identity as followers of Jesus. (Colossians 1:28), But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Not outer righteousness in the sense of your actions. Matthew 5:48 During the Seventies, there was a bumper-sticker that said, “Christians are not perfect – just forgiven.” Sadly, it gave both Christians and non-Christians the wrong impression of the true spirit of Christianity. [21] Jesus said to him, "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." (Read the entire sermon - Matthew 5:43-48 Love to Enemies Enjoined) Love ( 25 ) ( agapao from the noun agape ) ( Click study of agape ) describes an unconditional, sacrificial love, which ultimately is the love that God is (1Jn 4:8,16) and that God demonstrates (Ro 5:8- note ) (Jn 3:16, 1Jn 4:9) in its supreme form at Calvary. He is holy. “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” That's “true righteousness and holiness”. And that word appears numerous times throughout the NT, usually translated by the phrase “stumbling block”. (I Corinthians 14:20), Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. But to understand that fully, we need to think about the radical outer righteousness Jesus is pointing us to in Matthew 5:48. That struggle is part of what it means to follow Jesus. The Sermon on the Mount consists— I. Paul wrote in I Corinthians 1:23...but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles. II. We should in our contemplations of Him have a strict regard to the harmony of His attributes. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. And as we've seen, both of these come from God. (Romans 3:21, 22). One Truth: Walk in Truth, The Gospel When you think about that word, what comes to mind? But to understand that fully, we need to think about the radical outer righteousness Jesus is pointing us to in Matthew 5:48. As we've already heard, this radical inner righteousness is like God's righteousness in that it doesn't simply consist of outward displays, but flows from inside, from out of the nature of the one who walks in righteousness. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. Scandalous. In the ESV it's translated at “perfect”. Are they too unrealistic? 5–7), Jesus speaks in an idealistic sense. Dr. Philip W. McLarty. 6:33...But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. You must have as your goal obedience at all times, in every way”? If that's the cry God has put in your heart through Jesus, then the sermon of Jesus in Matthew 5-7, this “Sermon on the Mount”, is for you. a 4 * Blessed are they who mourn, b. for they will be comforted. When that happens, your “I can't be perfect” will be coupled with a new declaration, “I can't be perfect...but I want to be...by your power, Father, I want to be.”. So do these contexts help us understand what Jesus means when he says, “You...must be perfect”? Is it scandalous to say, “You must have as your goal obedience at all times, in every way”? No, not perfectly knowledgeable, not perfectly chiseled, not perfectly proper in terms of social mores, and not perfectly fabulous in terms of your hair, makeup, or Sunday best. What do I still lack?" 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, *. Matthew 5:48 is the forty-eighth and final verse of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount.This is the final verse of the final antithesis, and it is a summary of Jesus' earlier teachings. Truly law taught to love neighbor - no command to hate. We may be able to form an idea of perfect virtue, perfect duty, perfect purity. Brothers and sisters, friends, there is no problem with the words of Jesus. 1:16, 17). 2. It is a righteousness that flows out of one's nature. “Jesus Really Means What He Says” (Matthew 5:38-48) Listen again to what Jesus says to us in today’s Gospel reading, and tell me what you think: “But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. Christ is the realized thought of God, when he designed the being man. BY MATTHEW (shaded area) Click chart to enlarge Jesus Birth and Early Years Leading up to the Sermon on the Mount Matthew 1-7 Source: Ryrie Study Bible. Then we should follow after holiness. Those who mourn are blessed, for they will be comforted. It can. Matthew 5:31-32 is part of a larger passage, Matthew 5:17-48, that is included in Jesus’ Sermon on Mount. Sermon Matthew 5:38-48 Love Your Enemies. For God to be God, he must demand perfection, every time, all the time. When you think about that word, what comes to mind? Think about it. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Matthew 5:43-48 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "AGAPE YOUR ENEMIES" I. PHARISEE'S TEACHING, "LOVE NEIGHBOR, HATE ENEMIES." Let's take a few minutes and use the three different contexts to make sure we understand what Jesus is saying. General Outline of the Sermon on the Mount. [22] When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. It also powers us...power to pursue perfection, just as Jesus said. Perfect? Jesus is pointing us to in Matthew 5:48. Is God perfectly good? He has at once revealed our distance from the "perfect;" for we are not like him. If we are to obey the injunction of the text it is necessary that we have faith in the fact. That's a verse about righteousness. Matthew 5:1 tells that …seeing the multitudes, [Jesus] went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He began to teach them, saying: The Beatitudes - “The poor in spirit are blessed, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. James 1:2–4... Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, [3] for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. He writes in Ephesians 4:21–24... ...you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, [22] to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, [23] and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, [24] and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Our nature is corrupt. In 5:43 Jesus introduces the less than perfect way of the law of Moses, that … First, the overall context must be considered. Given the fact that many of these verses use some image of human growth, from child to adult, “mature” seems like a good translation. 5 The peculiar characteristic of these opening sentences is, the kind of man whom Christ pronounces happy. But the translation “mature” doesn't quite work in Matthew 5:48...You therefore must be mature, as your heavenly Father is...mature? Now remember, the scribes and the Pharisees were considered the most righteous people in Jewish society. God has transformed his children through Jesus. It may be come as surprise to you that what's actually improper and disgraceful in this Matthew 5:48 dynamic is our thinking about grace. ñ: í í-16). In fact the word “scandal” comes from the Greek word, . Not only did Jesus use the term and warn us about stumbling blocks, but He is also identified as a. © 2021 Way of Grace Church: Buckeye, AZ All Rights Reserved. He inspires us to seek after the perfect; for we may be "made like unto him in all things." Concluding exhortation. It's in Matthew 5:20... For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. In both later instances, the phrase is central to what Jesus thinks about the entire Law of God. That same is true about God. The Sermon on the Mount. Both come to the same thing. Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48 is similar to these topics: Matthew 5:45, Matthew 5:46, Matthew 5:42 and more. God doesn't simply act righteous. . Do you hear that word? But if we broadened our study to the whole book, we would discover this “perfect” righteousness is mentioned again in chap 19. Matthew 5:48. If it is, you must first let this call of Jesus, this call of perfection, you must let it drive you to surrender. A. Matthew 5:48 is not the only passage teaching us to be perfect (Genesis 6:9, Genesis 17:1, Deuteronomy 18:13, Job 1:1; 8; 2:3, Psalms It is of great concern to us guilty creatures to be found in Jesus Christ, having on His righteousness. In Matthew 5:48, Jesus is pointing us to both a radical inner righteousness, and a radical outer righteousness. Listen to a couple definitions of the word, Did you know Jesus was no stranger to scandal or scandalous behavior? Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Peace in the Bible is never to be confused with pacifism.Avoidance of strife. [18] He said to him, "Which ones?" 21-47) providing six situations illustrating what Jesus means by fulfilling the law. That would be scandalous. 2. It is all from Him. And that new self is “created after the likeness of God”. It is a call to give up...to hunger for the righteousness only God can give through Jesus, and then seek his kingdom righteousness every day, in light of the power He provides. That same is true about God. III. But I Say to You, Love Your Enemies, Part 2. And when we see him, behold he is "God manifest in the flesh." Scripture: Matthew 5:43–48. In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads:. But the translation “mature” doesn't quite work in Matthew 5:48... is like God's righteousness in that it doesn't simply consist of outward displays, but flows from inside, from out of the nature of the one who walks in righteousness. Way of Grace Church | P.O. Distributive justice, which ought to be exercised by rulers towards their subjects, consists in the equal distribution of rewards and punishments. That's a verse about righteousness. But it is also power. A couple verses later, Paul talks about how we. So, like verse 48, Matthew 5:20 would have sounded extremely demanding...unrealistically demanding to the first listeners of this message. Listen to a couple definitions of the word scandalous: Causing general public outrage by a perceived offense against morality or law. Matthew 5:48 is the forty-eighth and final verse of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount.This is the final verse of the final antithesis, and it is a summary of Jesus' earlier teachings.. Understanding the Context of Matthew 5:48. When Jesus spoke about "Responding To Evil", He laid down two principles: a.Do not resist an evil person - Mt 5:39a b. Imperfect you must run to perfect Jesus, to receive both perfect grace and perfect righteousness. Scripture: Matthew 5:3–4. (19:17-22). (Hebrews 5:14). I think many who heard this conversation would have labeled the words of Jesus here, “scandalous”. It is not simply outer adherence to God's law. Do you see why this scandalous call is actually full of grace? And yet, there is nothing improper or offensive about them. Are they too demanding? Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. The entire Sermon on the Mount is about perfection. for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The Beatitudes *. That's why we are positioned in the perfect righteousness of Jesus. How many of us, even if we don't say it out loud, actually live by that belief? “Sell everything you have? Wait a minute. That's the inner righteousness we talked about. Matthew 5:6... [apart from the righteousness of perfect law-keeping...which none of us could fulfill], The same Jesus who called us to “perfect” righteousness is the same Jesus who offers us perfect righteousness (his spotless record of perfect law-keeping), his perfect righteousness, through faith alone. This denotes the transcendent excellence of His nature, while He is infinitely distinguished from all other beings. We should ask wisdom of God to direct us in our ways. But we compromise. Listen to the assurance Jesus gave right at the beginning of this sermon. So why do they bother us so much? If I walked in here this morning, and simply said to you, “You must be perfect as God is perfect”, I think a lot of people would have trouble with that. Wonderfully, it is that. He cannot compromise. First, let’s dispel the misconceptions of peacemakers. Jesus is telling his followers that they must be, that we must be perfect...like God is perfect...as your heavenly Father is perfect. Would you agree? That's why God gets all the glory. I think we struggle with this statement from Jesus because of how we think God's grace in Jesus. God is PERFECTLY JUST. How? Paul knew he had to tell the Ephesians to “put off the old self”. Is God just? Grace is not simply a position in which we stand. Wouldn't the real scandal be for a grace-filled child of God to say, “My goal is not obey God in all things, in every way, at all times...because that's unrealistic”? Verse 1-2. . 1 * When he saw the crowds, * he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. For God to be God, he must demand perfection, every time, all the time. Topics similar to or like Matthew 5:48. Putting our head in the sand, hoping that the conflict will end, only delays the inevitable.Appeasement of parties. No, in terms of that which comes from outside us; from someplace else, not from. 1 a And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:. Is that your desire this morning? But if that's true, what do we do with Jesus' scandalous words in 5:48? It also powers us...power to pursue perfection, just as Jesus said. No, outer in terms of that which comes from outside us; from someplace else, not from me. Of an introduction, beginning at Matthew 5:3 and ending with Matthew 5:16 of Matt. The Sermon on the Mount - When He saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 3. The reasonableness of reliance on God's promises.Conclude: —. 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One clue in the context that helps us with this concept is that God is called “your Father”, and verse 45 talks about being “sons of your Father who is in heaven”. Earlier in this same chapter Jesus made an equally scandalous statement. But His grace does more than just position us. Matthew 5:38-48 Love Your Enemies. God is PERFECTLY GOOD. Would you? Will we fail? I. It represents God answering your cry in a wonderful way. But His grace does more than just position us. In fact the same Greek word translated as “perfect” in Matthew 5:48, is used throughout the New Testament, by several different writers. His very nature is righteous. The idea of hate your enemies, from God's command to wipe out inhabitants of land. As Jesus continues to teach us what it means to be truly holy, the focus is on reconciliation instead of retribution. Listen to the words of Jesus Christ... You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Respond to evil by doing good - Mt 5:39b-42 2. In Matthew 5:48, Jesus is pointing us to both a radical inner righteousness, and a radical outer righteousness. But can the rest of this sermon tell us anything about this scandalous verse? A. Something new, something different has come. Not outer righteousness in the sense of your actions. 4. 2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. It shouldn't be. 3. Rather it’s simply the theme of love which the Lord taught in verses 43-47 of Matthew 5 that He “therefore” summarized in verse 48. We should be hereby excited to seek wisdom (Proverbs 4:5, 7). 5:48 is not the end of the Sermon on the Mount, else we could safely resolve that that’s the conclusion of all that the Lord taught that day, spanning three chapters (Matthew 5, 6 & 7). I know I've fallen into that trap. The gentle are blessed, for they will inherit the earth. The Beatitudes - He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. CHAPTER 5. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. Sound familiar? Something new, something different has come. Wouldn't the real scandal be for a grace-filled child of God to say, “My goal is not obey God in all things, in every way, at all times...because that's unrealistic”? Browse Sermons on Matthew 5:48. It answers the question, what is moral perfection? I'd like to share one of those with you this morning. I. CHRISTIANITY PRESENTS A PERFECT STANDARD OF HUMANITY. It's not. It should yield us satisfaction that such a perfect Being as God is governs the world. And Jesus said, "You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, [19] Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Other verses throughout the sermon are also concerned about righteousness...5:13...“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It answers the question, what … Matthew 5:43-48 “Love your neighbor” (5:43) is central to Jesus’ teaching and he will repeat it on two other occasions in Matthew (19:19; 22:39). He writes in, In Matthew 5:48, Jesus is pointing us to both a radical inner righteousness, and a radical outer righteousness. Disgraceful; shameful or shocking; improper: Did you know Jesus was no stranger to scandal or scandalous behavior? The Passage: "As Your...Father is Perfect" (5:48). John Piper Jan 26, 1986 340 Shares Sermon. Perfect? 1. Matthew 5:48-6:8: Jesus Sermon On The Mount: Be Perfect / Don t Perform Righteousness To Be Seen By Men / Not Using Meaningless Repitition by . In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chaps. And that word appears numerous times throughout the NT, usually translated by the phrase “stumbling block”. 2. Share. THE CHRISTIAN STANDARD OF THE PERFECT IS THE NOBLEST INSPIRATION TO MAN. God doesn't simply declare us righteous because of Jesus, he also begins a work of making us righteous because of Jesus, righteous from the inside out. Matthew 5:45. so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Give the proceeds to the poor? John Piper May 21, 1995 289 Shares Then we must embrace whatever God has revealed to us. [17] For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Rom. But these aren't my words. At 111 verses, it is the longest continuous discourse of Jesus in the New Testament. Sermon Bible Commentary. God cannot be awed by any power to pervert judgment. How many of us, even if we don't say it out loud, actually live by that belief? A couple verses later, Paul talks about how we are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Not only did Jesus use the term and warn us about stumbling blocks, but He is also identified as a skandalon. But did you know Jesus also said lots of things that are still considered scandalous today? Matthew 5:48. For those who felt those hunger pains, who felt their own deep need, their own painful lack of righteousness, but were hungry and thirsty for it, there would be satisfaction. This makes it difficult to interpret and apply His teaching to contemporary living. 3. Law was basis? Jesus' call here, Jesus' kingdom call to perfect righteousness is all about grace. His very nature is righteous. But the Good News of Christ promises God's provision for that need. Never are we instructed to run from conflict. Another writer, James, the half-brother of Jesus, used it in a way that could be translated either way. Wonderfully, it is that. II. As with all proof texts, context is crucial. That would be scandalous. Listen to the way the Apostle Paul talked about the change that God effects in a life through the gospel. Now even though verse 48 doesn't use the word, it's also about righteousness...about moral uprightness. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. Listen to the assurance Jesus gave right at the beginning of this sermon. He cannot compromise. So the call of Jesus in Matthew 5:48 is not a call to measure up. It is loving because only then will we fully look to and depend on God's provision of righteousness. But without recognizing it, this man was breaking the very first commandment, “You shall no other gods before me.” Sadly, money had become his god, and as we see here, he wasn't willing to renounce it. 1. Let me say it one more time, in case you didn't hear it the first time...You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. If I went to every church in our city and delivered the same message, I think it would be considered fairly scandalous, don't you? It is loving for God to expose our inability, and therefore, the futility of our attempts to be righteous. So the scandalous call of Christ in Matthew 5:48 exposes our desperate need for righteous-ness. 1. Matthew 5:1-2. Topic. God cannot demand anything less then perfection, can he? So because of the mercy of God, when you believe, grace positions you in a righteousness that comes from outside yourself, from God himself, the perfect record, the perfect standing of Jesus. Forty-eighth and final verse of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount. But to understand that fully, we need to think about the radical. 1. Jesus is telling his followers that they must be, that we must be perfect...like God is perfect... Other verses throughout the sermon are also concerned about righteousness...5:13...“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? Then all our powers ought to be awakened to bless His name. Blessed are they who upon good grounds can call this perfect Being their Father and God. Scandalous, right? Yep, in all these verses, and many more, the same word is translated “mature” instead of “perfect”. It is implied in our text, it is taught throughout the New Testament, and it is confirmed by experience, that there is nothing so morally helpful as faith in God. Sermon on the Mount: Matthew 5:48 You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect. [20] The young man said to him, "All these I have kept. Since Jesus says “therefore” in 5:48, he is referring back to what he just said; and the last theme he taught–in 5:43-47–fits the bill of referring to who God is and who children of God should be. Are they too works-oriented? Justice is commonly distinguished into commutative and distributive, the former in an equal exchange of benefits; this can have no place in our dealings with God. Matthew 5:48 "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect (NASB: Lockman) Greek: Esesthe oun humeis teleioi os o pater humon o ouranios teleios estin. Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount - Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. This was the Messiah? Grace is not simply a, in which we stand. Before we can make sense of why this statement sounds scandalous, we need to know what Jesus means. God is PERFECTLY HOLY. We first want to finish up this last verse in chapter 5, and then we shall go into chapter 6. He is righteous. The Christ is to be so set before men, that they may get from his story the idea of a perfect human being. An inter-office memo about your company's disgraced CEO? No, it actually flows from “the new self” to which Paul pointed his readers in Ephesians 4:24. Matthew 5:48. 3. Matthew’s concept of perfection has to do with imitating God’s love and behavior. 2. You have trusted Christ, then there is a new you, a new self, just as Paul talks about here. September 9, 2018 Sermon on the Mount: 3. We might think, “Perfect? Exceeding Righteousness, The Perfect Fulfilling of Law: Christ's Sixth Illustration. I know I've fallen into that trap. Wait a minute. We have and we will fail. Can you imagine if a Supreme Court nominee was asked during confirmation hearings whether or not he would care about justice every time he presided, can you imagine what would happen if he or she said, “I will care about justice...most of the time”? We have and we will fail. Where in O.T. Maybe? That language is found throughout this sermon, and points to something radical about our identity as followers of Jesus. (Colossians 1:28), But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Not outer righteousness in the sense of your actions. Matthew 5:48 During the Seventies, there was a bumper-sticker that said, “Christians are not perfect – just forgiven.” Sadly, it gave both Christians and non-Christians the wrong impression of the true spirit of Christianity. [21] Jesus said to him, "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." (Read the entire sermon - Matthew 5:43-48 Love to Enemies Enjoined) Love ( 25 ) ( agapao from the noun agape ) ( Click study of agape ) describes an unconditional, sacrificial love, which ultimately is the love that God is (1Jn 4:8,16) and that God demonstrates (Ro 5:8- note ) (Jn 3:16, 1Jn 4:9) in its supreme form at Calvary. He is holy. “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” That's “true righteousness and holiness”. And that word appears numerous times throughout the NT, usually translated by the phrase “stumbling block”. (I Corinthians 14:20), Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. But to understand that fully, we need to think about the radical outer righteousness Jesus is pointing us to in Matthew 5:48. That struggle is part of what it means to follow Jesus. The Sermon on the Mount consists— I. Paul wrote in I Corinthians 1:23...but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles. II. We should in our contemplations of Him have a strict regard to the harmony of His attributes. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. And as we've seen, both of these come from God. (Romans 3:21, 22). One Truth: Walk in Truth, The Gospel When you think about that word, what comes to mind? But to understand that fully, we need to think about the radical outer righteousness Jesus is pointing us to in Matthew 5:48. As we've already heard, this radical inner righteousness is like God's righteousness in that it doesn't simply consist of outward displays, but flows from inside, from out of the nature of the one who walks in righteousness. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. Scandalous. In the ESV it's translated at “perfect”. Are they too unrealistic? 5–7), Jesus speaks in an idealistic sense. Dr. Philip W. McLarty. 6:33...But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. You must have as your goal obedience at all times, in every way”? If that's the cry God has put in your heart through Jesus, then the sermon of Jesus in Matthew 5-7, this “Sermon on the Mount”, is for you. a 4 * Blessed are they who mourn, b. for they will be comforted. When that happens, your “I can't be perfect” will be coupled with a new declaration, “I can't be perfect...but I want to be...by your power, Father, I want to be.”. So do these contexts help us understand what Jesus means when he says, “You...must be perfect”? Is it scandalous to say, “You must have as your goal obedience at all times, in every way”? No, not perfectly knowledgeable, not perfectly chiseled, not perfectly proper in terms of social mores, and not perfectly fabulous in terms of your hair, makeup, or Sunday best. What do I still lack?" 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, *. Matthew 5:48 is the forty-eighth and final verse of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount.This is the final verse of the final antithesis, and it is a summary of Jesus' earlier teachings. Truly law taught to love neighbor - no command to hate. We may be able to form an idea of perfect virtue, perfect duty, perfect purity. Brothers and sisters, friends, there is no problem with the words of Jesus. 1:16, 17). 2. It is a righteousness that flows out of one's nature. “Jesus Really Means What He Says” (Matthew 5:38-48) Listen again to what Jesus says to us in today’s Gospel reading, and tell me what you think: “But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. Christ is the realized thought of God, when he designed the being man. BY MATTHEW (shaded area) Click chart to enlarge Jesus Birth and Early Years Leading up to the Sermon on the Mount Matthew 1-7 Source: Ryrie Study Bible. Then we should follow after holiness. Those who mourn are blessed, for they will be comforted. It can. Matthew 5:31-32 is part of a larger passage, Matthew 5:17-48, that is included in Jesus’ Sermon on Mount. Sermon Matthew 5:38-48 Love Your Enemies. For God to be God, he must demand perfection, every time, all the time. When you think about that word, what comes to mind? Think about it. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Matthew 5:43-48 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "AGAPE YOUR ENEMIES" I. PHARISEE'S TEACHING, "LOVE NEIGHBOR, HATE ENEMIES." Let's take a few minutes and use the three different contexts to make sure we understand what Jesus is saying. General Outline of the Sermon on the Mount. [22] When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. It also powers us...power to pursue perfection, just as Jesus said. Perfect? Jesus is pointing us to in Matthew 5:48. Is God perfectly good? He has at once revealed our distance from the "perfect;" for we are not like him. If we are to obey the injunction of the text it is necessary that we have faith in the fact. That's a verse about righteousness. Matthew 5:1 tells that …seeing the multitudes, [Jesus] went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He began to teach them, saying: The Beatitudes - “The poor in spirit are blessed, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. James 1:2–4... Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, [3] for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. He writes in Ephesians 4:21–24... ...you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, [22] to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, [23] and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, [24] and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Our nature is corrupt. In 5:43 Jesus introduces the less than perfect way of the law of Moses, that … First, the overall context must be considered. Given the fact that many of these verses use some image of human growth, from child to adult, “mature” seems like a good translation. 5 The peculiar characteristic of these opening sentences is, the kind of man whom Christ pronounces happy. But the translation “mature” doesn't quite work in Matthew 5:48...You therefore must be mature, as your heavenly Father is...mature? Now remember, the scribes and the Pharisees were considered the most righteous people in Jewish society. God has transformed his children through Jesus. It may be come as surprise to you that what's actually improper and disgraceful in this Matthew 5:48 dynamic is our thinking about grace. ñ: í í-16). In fact the word “scandal” comes from the Greek word, . Not only did Jesus use the term and warn us about stumbling blocks, but He is also identified as a. © 2021 Way of Grace Church: Buckeye, AZ All Rights Reserved. He inspires us to seek after the perfect; for we may be "made like unto him in all things." Concluding exhortation. It's in Matthew 5:20... For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. In both later instances, the phrase is central to what Jesus thinks about the entire Law of God. That same is true about God. The Sermon on the Mount. Both come to the same thing. Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48 is similar to these topics: Matthew 5:45, Matthew 5:46, Matthew 5:42 and more. God doesn't simply act righteous. . Do you hear that word? But if we broadened our study to the whole book, we would discover this “perfect” righteousness is mentioned again in chap 19. Matthew 5:48. If it is, you must first let this call of Jesus, this call of perfection, you must let it drive you to surrender. A. Matthew 5:48 is not the only passage teaching us to be perfect (Genesis 6:9, Genesis 17:1, Deuteronomy 18:13, Job 1:1; 8; 2:3, Psalms It is of great concern to us guilty creatures to be found in Jesus Christ, having on His righteousness. In Matthew 5:48, Jesus is pointing us to both a radical inner righteousness, and a radical outer righteousness. Listen to a couple definitions of the word, Did you know Jesus was no stranger to scandal or scandalous behavior? Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Peace in the Bible is never to be confused with pacifism.Avoidance of strife. [18] He said to him, "Which ones?" 21-47) providing six situations illustrating what Jesus means by fulfilling the law. That would be scandalous. 2. It is all from Him. And that new self is “created after the likeness of God”. It is a call to give up...to hunger for the righteousness only God can give through Jesus, and then seek his kingdom righteousness every day, in light of the power He provides. That same is true about God. III. But I Say to You, Love Your Enemies, Part 2. And when we see him, behold he is "God manifest in the flesh." Scripture: Matthew 5:43–48. In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads:. But the translation “mature” doesn't quite work in Matthew 5:48... is like God's righteousness in that it doesn't simply consist of outward displays, but flows from inside, from out of the nature of the one who walks in righteousness. Way of Grace Church | P.O. Distributive justice, which ought to be exercised by rulers towards their subjects, consists in the equal distribution of rewards and punishments. That's a verse about righteousness. But it is also power. A couple verses later, Paul talks about how we. So, like verse 48, Matthew 5:20 would have sounded extremely demanding...unrealistically demanding to the first listeners of this message. Listen to a couple definitions of the word scandalous: Causing general public outrage by a perceived offense against morality or law. Matthew 5:48 is the forty-eighth and final verse of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount.This is the final verse of the final antithesis, and it is a summary of Jesus' earlier teachings.. Understanding the Context of Matthew 5:48. When Jesus spoke about "Responding To Evil", He laid down two principles: a.Do not resist an evil person - Mt 5:39a b. Imperfect you must run to perfect Jesus, to receive both perfect grace and perfect righteousness. Scripture: Matthew 5:3–4. (19:17-22). (Hebrews 5:14). I think many who heard this conversation would have labeled the words of Jesus here, “scandalous”. It is not simply outer adherence to God's law. Do you see why this scandalous call is actually full of grace? And yet, there is nothing improper or offensive about them. Are they too demanding? Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. The entire Sermon on the Mount is about perfection. for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The Beatitudes *. That's why we are positioned in the perfect righteousness of Jesus. How many of us, even if we don't say it out loud, actually live by that belief? “Sell everything you have? Wait a minute. That's the inner righteousness we talked about. Matthew 5:6... [apart from the righteousness of perfect law-keeping...which none of us could fulfill], The same Jesus who called us to “perfect” righteousness is the same Jesus who offers us perfect righteousness (his spotless record of perfect law-keeping), his perfect righteousness, through faith alone. This denotes the transcendent excellence of His nature, while He is infinitely distinguished from all other beings. We should ask wisdom of God to direct us in our ways. But we compromise. Listen to the assurance Jesus gave right at the beginning of this sermon. So why do they bother us so much? If I walked in here this morning, and simply said to you, “You must be perfect as God is perfect”, I think a lot of people would have trouble with that. Wonderfully, it is that. He cannot compromise. First, let’s dispel the misconceptions of peacemakers. Jesus is telling his followers that they must be, that we must be perfect...like God is perfect...as your heavenly Father is perfect. Would you agree? That's why God gets all the glory. I think we struggle with this statement from Jesus because of how we think God's grace in Jesus. God is PERFECTLY JUST. How? Paul knew he had to tell the Ephesians to “put off the old self”. Is God just? Grace is not simply a position in which we stand. Wouldn't the real scandal be for a grace-filled child of God to say, “My goal is not obey God in all things, in every way, at all times...because that's unrealistic”? Verse 1-2. . 1 * When he saw the crowds, * he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. For God to be God, he must demand perfection, every time, all the time. Topics similar to or like Matthew 5:48. Putting our head in the sand, hoping that the conflict will end, only delays the inevitable.Appeasement of parties. No, in terms of that which comes from outside us; from someplace else, not from. 1 a And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:. Is that your desire this morning? But if that's true, what do we do with Jesus' scandalous words in 5:48? It also powers us...power to pursue perfection, just as Jesus said. No, outer in terms of that which comes from outside us; from someplace else, not from me. 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sermon on matthew 5:48

Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:48 close a sermon that He gave to His disciples. 1. In the coming months, we will dig deep into what Jesus taught, allowing it to drive us to both the outer and inner righteousness He alone can give. To some they may be scandalous. It shouldn't be. - R.T. 1. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Matthew 5:48. It comes from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 5, verse 48. 2 He began to teach them, saying: . This scandalous verse is found in a sermon, a discourse, a message delivered by Jesus at the outset of his ministry, a message that stretches from the beginning of chapter 5, all the way to the end of chapter 7. No, not perfectly knowledgeable, not perfectly chiseled, not perfectly proper in terms of social mores, and not perfectly fabulous in terms of your hair, makeup, or Sunday best. This is also called the “six antitheses” because Jesus makes six quotations or paraphrases of commands of Moses in the Bible, and then he says, “But I say” and makes a similar but stronger statement. Jim Bomkamp. Small town gossip you heard as a child? God doesn't simply declare us righteous because of Jesus, he also begins a work of making us righteous because of Jesus, righteous from the inside out. God doesn't simply act righteous. For, after all, God himself is the standard perfection; and it is only because we see him in Christ that we are satisfied with Christ. This passage is an appeal to live by a higher ethical standard than stipulated in the Law of Moses and to live by a higher ethical standard than what the scribes and Pharisees practised: But that reality of failure does not mean we give up the goal. Here the Word of the Lord, as given to us in Matthew 5:38-48. Why was Jesus identified as scandalous? Jesus tells a rich, young, spiritual seeker, that... “If you would enter life, keep the commandments." Do his words still sound scandalous to you? In fact the word “scandal” comes from the Greek word skandalon. [4] And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete [or mature and complete], lacking in nothing. He is holy. Because for the Jews who heard the message, the death of Jesus on a Roman cross, a criminal's death, made claims about his lordship improper, disgraceful, even offensive. οὖν, from an ancient form of the participle of the verb εἶναι (Klotz, Devar.) Note that Mat. And since I have God's grace, through faith, I no longer need to measure up; because of Jesus, I don't need to pursue perfection.”. Matthew 5:38-48 is part of a larger section (vv. This is what the Apostle said... For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. No, we give up on the idea that by my power, I can earn my position before God. The largest distinct section of the Sermon on the Mount is Matthew 5:21-48. Body: Regardless of man’s terms, God’s terms are clear (Matthew 5:48). Throughout this “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus repeatedly shows that the Law always points to the perfection and holiness of God. To be like God is the sublimest human possibility. Jesus left the multitudes and went up on a mountain. John Piper ... Sermon. 3. Then we ought to be careful to practise goodness. They are the words of Jesus. Whoa. Previous | Index | Next >> "THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW" Acting Like Our Father (5:43-48) INTRODUCTION 1. 2. General calling to repentance and the promise of the kingdom: Matthew 5:3-10, characterized by: ^Blessed are… _ 2. Matthew 5:6... “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”. That's not one of the commandments,” some might have complained. It is all from Him. This inner righteousness is not simply about doing good works; about doing the “right thing”. I'm not and never will be perfect. II. One clue in the context that helps us with this concept is that God is called “your Father”, and verse 45 talks about being “sons of your Father who is in heaven”. Earlier in this same chapter Jesus made an equally scandalous statement. But His grace does more than just position us. Matthew 5:38-48 Love Your Enemies. God is PERFECTLY GOOD. Would you? Will we fail? I. It represents God answering your cry in a wonderful way. But His grace does more than just position us. In fact the same Greek word translated as “perfect” in Matthew 5:48, is used throughout the New Testament, by several different writers. His very nature is righteous. The idea of hate your enemies, from God's command to wipe out inhabitants of land. As Jesus continues to teach us what it means to be truly holy, the focus is on reconciliation instead of retribution. Listen to the words of Jesus Christ... You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Respond to evil by doing good - Mt 5:39b-42 2. In Matthew 5:48, Jesus is pointing us to both a radical inner righteousness, and a radical outer righteousness. But can the rest of this sermon tell us anything about this scandalous verse? A. Something new, something different has come. Not outer righteousness in the sense of your actions. 4. 2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. It shouldn't be. 3. Rather it’s simply the theme of love which the Lord taught in verses 43-47 of Matthew 5 that He “therefore” summarized in verse 48. We should be hereby excited to seek wisdom (Proverbs 4:5, 7). 5:48 is not the end of the Sermon on the Mount, else we could safely resolve that that’s the conclusion of all that the Lord taught that day, spanning three chapters (Matthew 5, 6 & 7). I know I've fallen into that trap. The gentle are blessed, for they will inherit the earth. The Beatitudes - He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. CHAPTER 5. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. Sound familiar? Something new, something different has come. Wouldn't the real scandal be for a grace-filled child of God to say, “My goal is not obey God in all things, in every way, at all times...because that's unrealistic”? Browse Sermons on Matthew 5:48. It answers the question, what is moral perfection? I'd like to share one of those with you this morning. I. CHRISTIANITY PRESENTS A PERFECT STANDARD OF HUMANITY. It's not. It should yield us satisfaction that such a perfect Being as God is governs the world. And Jesus said, "You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, [19] Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Other verses throughout the sermon are also concerned about righteousness...5:13...“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It answers the question, what … Matthew 5:43-48 “Love your neighbor” (5:43) is central to Jesus’ teaching and he will repeat it on two other occasions in Matthew (19:19; 22:39). He writes in, In Matthew 5:48, Jesus is pointing us to both a radical inner righteousness, and a radical outer righteousness. Disgraceful; shameful or shocking; improper: Did you know Jesus was no stranger to scandal or scandalous behavior? The Passage: "As Your...Father is Perfect" (5:48). John Piper Jan 26, 1986 340 Shares Sermon. Perfect? 1. Matthew 5:48-6:8: Jesus Sermon On The Mount: Be Perfect / Don t Perform Righteousness To Be Seen By Men / Not Using Meaningless Repitition by . In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chaps. And that word appears numerous times throughout the NT, usually translated by the phrase “stumbling block”. 2. Share. THE CHRISTIAN STANDARD OF THE PERFECT IS THE NOBLEST INSPIRATION TO MAN. God doesn't simply declare us righteous because of Jesus, he also begins a work of making us righteous because of Jesus, righteous from the inside out. Matthew 5:45. so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Give the proceeds to the poor? John Piper May 21, 1995 289 Shares Then we must embrace whatever God has revealed to us. [17] For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Rom. But these aren't my words. At 111 verses, it is the longest continuous discourse of Jesus in the New Testament. Sermon Bible Commentary. God cannot be awed by any power to pervert judgment. How many of us, even if we don't say it out loud, actually live by that belief? A couple verses later, Paul talks about how we are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Not only did Jesus use the term and warn us about stumbling blocks, but He is also identified as a skandalon. But did you know Jesus also said lots of things that are still considered scandalous today? Matthew 5:48. For those who felt those hunger pains, who felt their own deep need, their own painful lack of righteousness, but were hungry and thirsty for it, there would be satisfaction. This makes it difficult to interpret and apply His teaching to contemporary living. 3. Law was basis? Jesus' call here, Jesus' kingdom call to perfect righteousness is all about grace. His very nature is righteous. But the Good News of Christ promises God's provision for that need. Never are we instructed to run from conflict. Another writer, James, the half-brother of Jesus, used it in a way that could be translated either way. Wonderfully, it is that. II. As with all proof texts, context is crucial. That would be scandalous. Listen to the way the Apostle Paul talked about the change that God effects in a life through the gospel. Now even though verse 48 doesn't use the word, it's also about righteousness...about moral uprightness. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. Listen to the assurance Jesus gave right at the beginning of this sermon. He cannot compromise. So the call of Jesus in Matthew 5:48 is not a call to measure up. It is loving because only then will we fully look to and depend on God's provision of righteousness. But without recognizing it, this man was breaking the very first commandment, “You shall no other gods before me.” Sadly, money had become his god, and as we see here, he wasn't willing to renounce it. 1. Let me say it one more time, in case you didn't hear it the first time...You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. If I went to every church in our city and delivered the same message, I think it would be considered fairly scandalous, don't you? It is loving for God to expose our inability, and therefore, the futility of our attempts to be righteous. So the scandalous call of Christ in Matthew 5:48 exposes our desperate need for righteous-ness. 1. Matthew 5:1-2. Topic. God cannot demand anything less then perfection, can he? So because of the mercy of God, when you believe, grace positions you in a righteousness that comes from outside yourself, from God himself, the perfect record, the perfect standing of Jesus. Forty-eighth and final verse of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount. But to understand that fully, we need to think about the radical. 1. Jesus is telling his followers that they must be, that we must be perfect...like God is perfect... Other verses throughout the sermon are also concerned about righteousness...5:13...“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? Then all our powers ought to be awakened to bless His name. Blessed are they who upon good grounds can call this perfect Being their Father and God. Scandalous, right? Yep, in all these verses, and many more, the same word is translated “mature” instead of “perfect”. It is implied in our text, it is taught throughout the New Testament, and it is confirmed by experience, that there is nothing so morally helpful as faith in God. Sermon on the Mount: Matthew 5:48 You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect. [20] The young man said to him, "All these I have kept. Since Jesus says “therefore” in 5:48, he is referring back to what he just said; and the last theme he taught–in 5:43-47–fits the bill of referring to who God is and who children of God should be. Are they too works-oriented? Justice is commonly distinguished into commutative and distributive, the former in an equal exchange of benefits; this can have no place in our dealings with God. Matthew 5:48 "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect (NASB: Lockman) Greek: Esesthe oun humeis teleioi os o pater humon o ouranios teleios estin. Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount - Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. This was the Messiah? Grace is not simply a, in which we stand. Before we can make sense of why this statement sounds scandalous, we need to know what Jesus means. God is PERFECTLY HOLY. We first want to finish up this last verse in chapter 5, and then we shall go into chapter 6. He is righteous. The Christ is to be so set before men, that they may get from his story the idea of a perfect human being. An inter-office memo about your company's disgraced CEO? No, it actually flows from “the new self” to which Paul pointed his readers in Ephesians 4:24. Matthew 5:48. 3. Matthew’s concept of perfection has to do with imitating God’s love and behavior. 2. You have trusted Christ, then there is a new you, a new self, just as Paul talks about here. September 9, 2018 Sermon on the Mount: 3. We might think, “Perfect? Exceeding Righteousness, The Perfect Fulfilling of Law: Christ's Sixth Illustration. I know I've fallen into that trap. Wait a minute. We have and we will fail. Can you imagine if a Supreme Court nominee was asked during confirmation hearings whether or not he would care about justice every time he presided, can you imagine what would happen if he or she said, “I will care about justice...most of the time”? We have and we will fail. Where in O.T. Maybe? That language is found throughout this sermon, and points to something radical about our identity as followers of Jesus. (Colossians 1:28), But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Not outer righteousness in the sense of your actions. Matthew 5:48 During the Seventies, there was a bumper-sticker that said, “Christians are not perfect – just forgiven.” Sadly, it gave both Christians and non-Christians the wrong impression of the true spirit of Christianity. [21] Jesus said to him, "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." (Read the entire sermon - Matthew 5:43-48 Love to Enemies Enjoined) Love ( 25 ) ( agapao from the noun agape ) ( Click study of agape ) describes an unconditional, sacrificial love, which ultimately is the love that God is (1Jn 4:8,16) and that God demonstrates (Ro 5:8- note ) (Jn 3:16, 1Jn 4:9) in its supreme form at Calvary. He is holy. “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” That's “true righteousness and holiness”. And that word appears numerous times throughout the NT, usually translated by the phrase “stumbling block”. (I Corinthians 14:20), Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. But to understand that fully, we need to think about the radical outer righteousness Jesus is pointing us to in Matthew 5:48. That struggle is part of what it means to follow Jesus. The Sermon on the Mount consists— I. Paul wrote in I Corinthians 1:23...but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles. II. We should in our contemplations of Him have a strict regard to the harmony of His attributes. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. And as we've seen, both of these come from God. (Romans 3:21, 22). One Truth: Walk in Truth, The Gospel When you think about that word, what comes to mind? But to understand that fully, we need to think about the radical outer righteousness Jesus is pointing us to in Matthew 5:48. As we've already heard, this radical inner righteousness is like God's righteousness in that it doesn't simply consist of outward displays, but flows from inside, from out of the nature of the one who walks in righteousness. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. Scandalous. In the ESV it's translated at “perfect”. Are they too unrealistic? 5–7), Jesus speaks in an idealistic sense. Dr. Philip W. McLarty. 6:33...But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. You must have as your goal obedience at all times, in every way”? If that's the cry God has put in your heart through Jesus, then the sermon of Jesus in Matthew 5-7, this “Sermon on the Mount”, is for you. a 4 * Blessed are they who mourn, b. for they will be comforted. When that happens, your “I can't be perfect” will be coupled with a new declaration, “I can't be perfect...but I want to be...by your power, Father, I want to be.”. So do these contexts help us understand what Jesus means when he says, “You...must be perfect”? Is it scandalous to say, “You must have as your goal obedience at all times, in every way”? No, not perfectly knowledgeable, not perfectly chiseled, not perfectly proper in terms of social mores, and not perfectly fabulous in terms of your hair, makeup, or Sunday best. What do I still lack?" 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, *. Matthew 5:48 is the forty-eighth and final verse of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount.This is the final verse of the final antithesis, and it is a summary of Jesus' earlier teachings. Truly law taught to love neighbor - no command to hate. We may be able to form an idea of perfect virtue, perfect duty, perfect purity. Brothers and sisters, friends, there is no problem with the words of Jesus. 1:16, 17). 2. It is a righteousness that flows out of one's nature. “Jesus Really Means What He Says” (Matthew 5:38-48) Listen again to what Jesus says to us in today’s Gospel reading, and tell me what you think: “But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. Christ is the realized thought of God, when he designed the being man. BY MATTHEW (shaded area) Click chart to enlarge Jesus Birth and Early Years Leading up to the Sermon on the Mount Matthew 1-7 Source: Ryrie Study Bible. Then we should follow after holiness. Those who mourn are blessed, for they will be comforted. It can. Matthew 5:31-32 is part of a larger passage, Matthew 5:17-48, that is included in Jesus’ Sermon on Mount. Sermon Matthew 5:38-48 Love Your Enemies. For God to be God, he must demand perfection, every time, all the time. When you think about that word, what comes to mind? Think about it. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Matthew 5:43-48 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "AGAPE YOUR ENEMIES" I. PHARISEE'S TEACHING, "LOVE NEIGHBOR, HATE ENEMIES." Let's take a few minutes and use the three different contexts to make sure we understand what Jesus is saying. General Outline of the Sermon on the Mount. [22] When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. It also powers us...power to pursue perfection, just as Jesus said. Perfect? Jesus is pointing us to in Matthew 5:48. Is God perfectly good? He has at once revealed our distance from the "perfect;" for we are not like him. If we are to obey the injunction of the text it is necessary that we have faith in the fact. That's a verse about righteousness. Matthew 5:1 tells that …seeing the multitudes, [Jesus] went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He began to teach them, saying: The Beatitudes - “The poor in spirit are blessed, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. James 1:2–4... Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, [3] for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. He writes in Ephesians 4:21–24... ...you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, [22] to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, [23] and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, [24] and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Our nature is corrupt. In 5:43 Jesus introduces the less than perfect way of the law of Moses, that … First, the overall context must be considered. Given the fact that many of these verses use some image of human growth, from child to adult, “mature” seems like a good translation. 5 The peculiar characteristic of these opening sentences is, the kind of man whom Christ pronounces happy. But the translation “mature” doesn't quite work in Matthew 5:48...You therefore must be mature, as your heavenly Father is...mature? Now remember, the scribes and the Pharisees were considered the most righteous people in Jewish society. God has transformed his children through Jesus. It may be come as surprise to you that what's actually improper and disgraceful in this Matthew 5:48 dynamic is our thinking about grace. ñ: í í-16). In fact the word “scandal” comes from the Greek word, . Not only did Jesus use the term and warn us about stumbling blocks, but He is also identified as a. © 2021 Way of Grace Church: Buckeye, AZ All Rights Reserved. He inspires us to seek after the perfect; for we may be "made like unto him in all things." Concluding exhortation. It's in Matthew 5:20... For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. In both later instances, the phrase is central to what Jesus thinks about the entire Law of God. That same is true about God. The Sermon on the Mount. Both come to the same thing. Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48 is similar to these topics: Matthew 5:45, Matthew 5:46, Matthew 5:42 and more. God doesn't simply act righteous. . Do you hear that word? But if we broadened our study to the whole book, we would discover this “perfect” righteousness is mentioned again in chap 19. Matthew 5:48. If it is, you must first let this call of Jesus, this call of perfection, you must let it drive you to surrender. A. Matthew 5:48 is not the only passage teaching us to be perfect (Genesis 6:9, Genesis 17:1, Deuteronomy 18:13, Job 1:1; 8; 2:3, Psalms It is of great concern to us guilty creatures to be found in Jesus Christ, having on His righteousness. In Matthew 5:48, Jesus is pointing us to both a radical inner righteousness, and a radical outer righteousness. Listen to a couple definitions of the word, Did you know Jesus was no stranger to scandal or scandalous behavior? Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Peace in the Bible is never to be confused with pacifism.Avoidance of strife. [18] He said to him, "Which ones?" 21-47) providing six situations illustrating what Jesus means by fulfilling the law. That would be scandalous. 2. It is all from Him. And that new self is “created after the likeness of God”. It is a call to give up...to hunger for the righteousness only God can give through Jesus, and then seek his kingdom righteousness every day, in light of the power He provides. That same is true about God. III. But I Say to You, Love Your Enemies, Part 2. And when we see him, behold he is "God manifest in the flesh." Scripture: Matthew 5:43–48. In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads:. But the translation “mature” doesn't quite work in Matthew 5:48... is like God's righteousness in that it doesn't simply consist of outward displays, but flows from inside, from out of the nature of the one who walks in righteousness. Way of Grace Church | P.O. Distributive justice, which ought to be exercised by rulers towards their subjects, consists in the equal distribution of rewards and punishments. That's a verse about righteousness. But it is also power. A couple verses later, Paul talks about how we. So, like verse 48, Matthew 5:20 would have sounded extremely demanding...unrealistically demanding to the first listeners of this message. Listen to a couple definitions of the word scandalous: Causing general public outrage by a perceived offense against morality or law. Matthew 5:48 is the forty-eighth and final verse of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount.This is the final verse of the final antithesis, and it is a summary of Jesus' earlier teachings.. Understanding the Context of Matthew 5:48. When Jesus spoke about "Responding To Evil", He laid down two principles: a.Do not resist an evil person - Mt 5:39a b. Imperfect you must run to perfect Jesus, to receive both perfect grace and perfect righteousness. Scripture: Matthew 5:3–4. (19:17-22). (Hebrews 5:14). I think many who heard this conversation would have labeled the words of Jesus here, “scandalous”. It is not simply outer adherence to God's law. Do you see why this scandalous call is actually full of grace? And yet, there is nothing improper or offensive about them. Are they too demanding? Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. The entire Sermon on the Mount is about perfection. for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The Beatitudes *. That's why we are positioned in the perfect righteousness of Jesus. How many of us, even if we don't say it out loud, actually live by that belief? “Sell everything you have? Wait a minute. That's the inner righteousness we talked about. Matthew 5:6... [apart from the righteousness of perfect law-keeping...which none of us could fulfill], The same Jesus who called us to “perfect” righteousness is the same Jesus who offers us perfect righteousness (his spotless record of perfect law-keeping), his perfect righteousness, through faith alone. This denotes the transcendent excellence of His nature, while He is infinitely distinguished from all other beings. We should ask wisdom of God to direct us in our ways. But we compromise. Listen to the assurance Jesus gave right at the beginning of this sermon. So why do they bother us so much? If I walked in here this morning, and simply said to you, “You must be perfect as God is perfect”, I think a lot of people would have trouble with that. Wonderfully, it is that. He cannot compromise. First, let’s dispel the misconceptions of peacemakers. Jesus is telling his followers that they must be, that we must be perfect...like God is perfect...as your heavenly Father is perfect. Would you agree? That's why God gets all the glory. I think we struggle with this statement from Jesus because of how we think God's grace in Jesus. God is PERFECTLY JUST. How? Paul knew he had to tell the Ephesians to “put off the old self”. Is God just? Grace is not simply a position in which we stand. Wouldn't the real scandal be for a grace-filled child of God to say, “My goal is not obey God in all things, in every way, at all times...because that's unrealistic”? Verse 1-2. . 1 * When he saw the crowds, * he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. For God to be God, he must demand perfection, every time, all the time. Topics similar to or like Matthew 5:48. Putting our head in the sand, hoping that the conflict will end, only delays the inevitable.Appeasement of parties. No, in terms of that which comes from outside us; from someplace else, not from. 1 a And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:. Is that your desire this morning? But if that's true, what do we do with Jesus' scandalous words in 5:48? It also powers us...power to pursue perfection, just as Jesus said. No, outer in terms of that which comes from outside us; from someplace else, not from me. Of an introduction, beginning at Matthew 5:3 and ending with Matthew 5:16 of Matt. The Sermon on the Mount - When He saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 3. The reasonableness of reliance on God's promises.Conclude: —. His other attributes are rendered engaging to us by His goodness. The same Jesus who called us to “perfect” righteousness is the same Jesus who offers us perfect righteousness (his spotless record of perfect law-keeping), his perfect righteousness, through faith alone. Is this scandalous call to perfection only something Jesus emphasized? Scandal or scandalous behavior another writer, James, the scribes and the promise the! Jesus emphasized on God 's command to hate given to us in Matthew.... Anything less then perfection, every time, all the time creatures to be so set before men, is. Which ones? young man heard this conversation would have sounded extremely demanding... unrealistically demanding to the the! 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