Sermon on the mount (Matthew 5:1 - 7:29) | back
1And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: Christ is going into the beatitudes to teach His disciples.
2And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Meaning the humble in spirit.
4Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. They mourn by knowing the truth and seeing what others of the world are doing. Mourn for the lost and unlearned. (Isaiah 61:2).
5Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Again we are speaking of those who are humble in spirit.
6Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Those who are well fed with the truth, not traditions of men. If you study God's Word, you will be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Those who are compassionate towards others, will receive compassion from God.
8Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Those who are pure in mind. "Seeing is knowing His Word."
9Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Those who strive for peace and peace of mind in this troubled world.
10Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Persecuted for teaching God's Word. Never worry if you are teaching the truth of His Word, because God will take care of you. "The blessings will be yours and towards others who hear the truth."
11Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. When you teach the truth of God's Word, you will be talked about and falsely accused. People will look for every fault they can against you. Again, don't worry, God takes care of His own.
12Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Don't let it bother you and continue to teach the truth. Remember that there were many before you who were persecuted for the same thing. You get the blessings (reward in heaven), just as the prophets before you.
The light of the world 5:14-16
14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. You are to be that shining light, so just keep planting seeds.
15Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Keep absorbing the Word of Christ and you will be that light to others.
16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Let others see your good works, for your good works are the only things you can take with you... They are your rewards in heaven! (Revelation 14:13).
The law 5:17-48
17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. Don't let any man tell you that there is no more law of God. Only the statutes and ordinances were done away with, but the law of God still stands... And that includes the ten commandments!
18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. What is law stays law!
19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Teach the truth of God's Word and quit listening to man's ways of doing things.
20For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. There is more to it than just believing... Don't be led astray by false teachings and traditions of men! You either believe all of God's Word or not.
21Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment. Here is a very common misinterpreted scripture. Under the law of Moses the rule was, 'If you murder, you must die. This is also the 6th commandment of God. (Deuteronomy 5:17) If you take the word "kill" back to the Greek in your Strong's Concordance #5407, #5406, #5408, you will find that the word "kill" is "Phoneus" which means criminal homicide (to be a murderer), and if you murder someone on purpose you are to be put to death. (Deuteronomy 19:11-13). This is God's law; and remember Christ did not change one "jot or one tittle" of the law. In the new testament book (I John 3:15), it tells us that a murderer cannot have salvation in the flesh. That is why a murderer should be sentenced to death and sent to the "Heavenly Father" to be judged, and God will determine weather or not they will be forgiven. This is their only chance for salvation... No one who intentionally murders another one of God's children will get away with it, because eventually they will face God and their accuser.
22But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. The word "fool" as it is used here in the Greek is #3474 "moros" dull or stupid (heedless), never having a chance. We use the word "moron" in the English language. When you call someone a moron, you are saying that they never had a chance, and God does not like it. Everyone has a chance for salvation. On the other hand, if you listen to a fool who is a false teacher, you are a bigger fool than they are. If you continue to believe their lies, you may not have a chance either.
23Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee. In other words; if you are making a offering to God, and suddenly remember that a friend has something against you that is your fault.
24Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Go and apologize and be reconciled to him, then make your offering. If it is your brother that wronged you, you do not need to go to him. You can forgive him, but he is the one who should be making amends.
25Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. If you do wrong to someone or are accused of doing wrong; come to terms quickly if you can with your enemy if they intend to sue you, before they drag you into court and you end up in jail. Notice Christ used the word "adversary" here because it is one of Satan's names. Satan is always accusing you when he has the chance.
26Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing. You will stay there till you paid the last penny.
27Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery. You shall not commit adultery.
28But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. Here is another misinterpreted scripture that bible thumpers will put a guilt trip on you, especially if you are younger. It does not mean you cannot look upon the opposite sex and enjoy the beauty of one of God's creations. It means not to sexually lust for them in your mind, or try to put the make on everyone that passes by.
29And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. Remember Christ is teaching his disciples here and he is talking to the church. The church is the many member body of Christ. If part of the group is starting to believe false teachings and spreads it to other parts of the church; get rid of them before the whole church becomes infected and deceived.
30And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. Just because you have a big tither or donator in the church, but they start believing false teachings; don't keep them around for the money, get rid of them. Then once again, the whole body will not be infected and deceived. To many churches today give all the attention to the one giving the most money, and at times overlook what they may be up to.
31It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement. Remember God is also a divorcee. He divorced His wife Israel; (Jeremiah 3:8)
32But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. For the right reasons you can divorce someone and remarry again upon repentance. Divorce is not the unpardonable sin like many would like you to believe. A divorcee is not a second class citizen... Christ died for all the sins of the world. So don't let any man or religious organization put you on a guilt trip if you are divorced, or try to tell you that you cannot remarry.
33Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths. Let your word be your bond. (Leviticus 19:12, Numbers 30:2, Deuteronomy 23:23).
34But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne. Don't swear by God's name! (James 5:12).
35Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. God owns everything; even your soul! (Ezekiel 18:4). What it is saying here is that your word should be your bond. You don't need to swear on anything!
36Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. He is saying; don't even swear by my head, for you can't even change one hair white or black. Man can't change anything.
37But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. Keep it simple; say 'yes I will' or 'no I won't.' Your word should be enough... When someone tries to strengthen there promise with a vow, it shows that something is wrong. Beware of the small print!
38Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. The law of Moses says, if a man gouges out another's eye, he must pay with his own eye. If a tooth gets knocked out, knock out the tooth of the one who did it.
39But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. Again Christ is teaching His disciples... If you overload someone with to much teaching and it offends them a little to much; they may give you a slap on the cheek or knock you on your but. If that is the case, then turn the other cheek, because you deserved it. In other words, don't cause someone to become upset and smite you.
40And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. As a Christian, if you cause someone to sue you; you are the one who messed up. Give them a little extra to make amends... Even the courts will be happy then.
41And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Always be fair and take it one step further... It protects your reputation.
42Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Give to those who ask, and don't turn away from those who want to borrow.
43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. There is an old saying, "love your friends and hate your enemies.
44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. Christ says to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. In that way you will be acting as true sons of your Father in Heaven.
46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? If you love only those who love you, what good is that. Even scoundrels do that.
47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? If you are friendly only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even the heathen do that!
48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. We are to do our best to be perfect Christians and walk like Christ. I know it is hard in the world today; but our Heavenly Father only asks us to give it our best so we become examples of what a true Christian should be like. We will never be perfect like Jesus Christ was, but we can be a righteous servant and a stand up man, woman, or child of God.
The Lord's prayer 6:1-13
1Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Don't do your good deeds publicly to be admired, for then you will lose the reward from the Heavenly Father.
2Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. When you help someone or give a gift to someone, don't shout about it or go around telling everybody what you did calling attention to your act of charity like the hypocrites do. If you do; this is the only reward you will ever get.
3But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth. When you do a kindness to someone, do it secretly. Don't tell your left hand what your right hand is doing.
4That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. The Heavenly Father who knows all secrets will reward you for your kindness towards others.
5And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. When you pray, don't be like the hypocrites who pretend piety by praying publicly in front of others or in the church where everyone can see you, because that is all the reward you will ever get, and your prayers may not be answered. It may make you feel so holy or religious in front of others, but that is about the extent of it.
6But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. When you pray, let it be in secret by yourself and pray to the Heavenly Father secretly, and the Heavenly Father who knows your secrets will reward you.
7But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Don't recite the same prayer like the heathen do over and over thinking your prayers will only be answered by repeating them again and again.
8Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. Remember, your Heavenly Father knows exactly what you "need" even before you ask Him.
9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11Give us this day our daily bread.
12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. The Lord's Prayer! God will always deliver us from evil as stated in I Corinthians 10:13, and He will never let any temptation come upon us that we cannot handle. He will always show us a way out!
Judge not others 7:1-5
1Judge not, that ye be not judged. Don't criticize or be negative towards others all the time, then you won't be criticized.
2For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. The old saying... What goes around, comes around. Others will treat you as you treat them.
3And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Don't talk about others, because there is plenty to talk about in your own family.
4Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? You can't help anyone with God's Word, if you don't know the truth yourself. Get God's Word first!
5Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. Take off the blinders and learn the truth first. Then your eyes will be open to teach the truth.
Beware of false prophets 7:15-20
15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. A prophet is a true man of God and teacher of the Word... Plenty of fakes out there deceiving people teaching their own doctrine and traditions of men. Christ warns us to stay away from these wolves in sheep's clothing!
16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? It shows in what they teach and the way they act. Is it God's Word? or is it a church system, traditions and doctrines of men?
17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. You need to be able to discern the truth or you will be deceived by man.
18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. God's Word will not bring forth bad fruit, nor will false teachings bring forth good fruit.
19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Every tree having inedible fruit should be cut down as it will be with those who deceive people and partake in false teachings.
20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. The way to identify a tree or person is by the kind of fruit produced. Think for yourself!
Seek and ye shall find 7:21-27
21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. You must be doing the will of God, teaching the truth of His Word. Not the will of man. The question is... Are they obeying God, and doing His will?
22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? At judgment, many will say they are of Christ, but God did not send these false teachers.
23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. God will reject and expose them for their evil deeds and false teachings.
24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. All who listen to the instructions of Christ are wise... After all, Christ is our rock and solid foundation.
25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. Founded upon the truth of God's Word... Founded upon Christ!
26And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand. Those who are fakes, teach false doctrines and traditions of men.
27And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. And so it will be when Satan returns with his flood of lies and deception. (Revelation 12:15).