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The Sermon on the Mount would certainly be one of the most familiar teachings of Jesus. It is often referred to in various literary writings and political speeches, and those who embrace religions other than Christianity frequently quote it. I would even assume that that when an unbeliever decides to read his Bible, he probably turns to Matthew's Gospel, and before too long he is reading the Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon on the Mount opens with the â€śbeatitudesâ€ť which give the key to understanding the sermon. These beatitudes describe the very likeness of Jesus Christ Himself as the necessary qualities required of all who are members of the Kingdom of God. These qualities do not cause salvation, but are the evidence of salvation once accomplished.
This session examines the role of the Law of God in the Kingdom of God. Rightly understanding the role of law, and its place in the kingdom is essential to understanding both the kingdom and the Lord's sermon about it. Much confusion exists about the Old Testament law, New Testament grace and the obligation on the Christian. What did Jesus mean when He said he came to fulfill the law and spoke of exceptional righteousness? As seen by the culture around Him, Jesus was abrogating the law. The Christian today needs tounderstand righteousness if he is to escape a life of frustration and deep agony of doubt.
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Richard Goswiller, M.A., D.B.S., Th.D., is the founder and director of Living in Christ Ministries. Rich was raised in southern California and began his walk with the Lord there in 1975. Rich entered full timeChristian ministry in 1978. Since then, he has been serving the Lord ina variety...