Living the Kingdom
The Gospel of Matthew has many chapters which contain Jesus’ teachings – the most well-known being the “Sermon on the Mount” recorded in chapters 5-7. This teaching is an elaboration of what it means to love God with all our hearts and minds, and to love our neighbour as ourselves.
As we study it, we will do well to remember the following:
- We need to recognise that although Jesus is describing life in His Kingdom and what He wants His followers to be, we are still a flawed and fallen people who all fail to consistently live up to the standard described here.
- The gospel message is that we are forgiven and accepted by God because of Jesus’ death for us, and not because we manage to obey His teaching perfectly. This is not to “lower the bar” but to acknowledge that we are saved by God’s grace alone. It is the Holy Spirit living in every believer who helps us want to live according to Jesus’ teaching; and who enables us increasingly to do so.
- Living out this sermon will mean blessing in our lives. “Blessed are you when ….”. In our contemporary experience-oriented and emotionoriented culture, we need to look again at what brings genuine joy. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”