Here we see Jesus begin His famous Sermon on the Mount. He begins His introduction with a series of paradoxical statements, famously known as the beatitudes. While many have thought this is a sermon on ethics, it is a sermon on salvation. It is a declaration of who is in His kingdom and who is not. In these four statements (or beatitudes) Jesus gives us an opportunity to self-reflect. They are four marks of a converted soul. Are we of Him and among the blessed, or are we not of Him and among the cursed? This is the question He wants His audience to wrestle with, and it is His question to us. These are the indicators of a redeemed heart, and therefore, who is blessed.
November 15, 2020 • Matt Miller • Luke 6:20-23
Illustrations of Love
January 17, 2021 • Matt Miller
Jesus gives four illustrations of what true love looks like. In all four of them we see the characteristic of true love, which is grace. For love to be effective, it cannot demand justice. Rather, true love must give grace, and at great cost to self. For when we do this, the Christian displays love, making the Gospel believable.
January 3, 2021 • Matt Miller
Jesus enters into the main substance of the Sermon on the Mount. He gives the first recorded command in the Gospel, and it's the command to love. This passage reveals the preeminent mark of any true disciple, namely, love. It is not enough to withhold vengeance from our enemies, rather, we must also seek their good in practical ways. Jesus begins His great teaching with four commands to love, summarizing the essence of all He is about to teach.
Four Signs You're Unredeemed
December 13, 2020 • Matt Miller
In the second half of Jesus' introduction to the Sermon on the Mount, He gives four "woes." These are four curses over those who will not repent. Attached to these declarations of judgment are four characteristics (or signs) of the unredeemed heart. These marks correspond to the four beatitudes He just gave. It's a helpful passage, causing us to reflect on what it truly means to be a converted sinner. It's a sobering message, declaring the realities of hell; yet a hopeful passage, for we still live in the time of grace.