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The Beatitudes

The Blessedness of Mercy 

The Blessedness of Mercy Matthew 5:7 What is Mercy? Mercy and Grace are not the same. Why is Mercy different than Grace? Applying Mercy. Forgiven sinners are merciful. Our Lord is not teaching forgiveness under pressure. A Christian is required to have genuine compassion toward all. Receiving Mercy. The reward comes from God. Yet, the…

The Blessedness of Gentleness

The Blessedness of Gentleness (Meekness) Matthew 5:5 What is Gentleness/Meekness? English translation. In the synoptic gospels the word praus is only found 3 times. Gentleness is often mistaken. Meekness and gentleness are other words for self-effacement. Who are the gentle or meek that Jesus describes? Old and New Testament Examples. Moses. Christ. (1 Peter 2:21-23) …

The Blessedness of Being Poor in Spirit

The Blessedness of Being Poor in Spirit Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,     for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. What should our attitude be towards ourselves? The world places a great emphasis on self-reliance and self-confidence. Being poor in spirit is not a suppression of your personality. Biblical examples. (Luke 18:9-14)   …

Introduction To The Beatitudes

Introduction To The Beatitudes Matthew 5:1-12 (NASB) False conceptions concerning The Sermon on the Mount. Dispensationalists. Liberal theologians and theology. Other popular “Christian” views. The truth of the Sermon on the Mount.    Historical context. First century Judea was filled with many problems: The Jewish Religious Leadership responded wrongly. God sent a lowly carpenter from…