The Sermon on The Mount – Matthew Chapter 5, Verse 7
April 24, 2007 § Leave a comment
Mat 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
In the first 4 “beatitudes”, Jesus describes what is lacking in the heart of the sinner, the truth about himself, that the sinner see so clearly, when he has been effectually brought to Christ and his kingdom. Christ is, therefore, teaching us what we have need of, by showing us our want of anything in ourselves that is good or holy. Thus teaching us to look to him, for that which we are in desperate need. Now here in this text, as Jesus continues teaching, we begin to see the outworking of the spiritual life, of the kingdom of heaven, in the hearts and lives of it’s citizens, i.e. the law of the kingdom being written upon the heart.
Jesus, by beginning with mercy, teaches us that is attitude of the heart found in the citizens of the kingdom, is appropriately, the first to be stimulated by the work of the Spirit, and must certainly flow out of all that has been experienced and made known in the first 4 “beatitudes”. For we, who have seen our poverty, our sin and corruption, our lowly place before God and his law, and thus been given a deep hunger and thirst for righteousness, should surely show to others, that are in the same state as we, the same kind of mercy that is so graciously ours, by the Spirit because of the work of Christ for us, his covenant people.
The scripture in many places, (Matt. 18:23-35; Matt. 6:15; James 2:13; Col. 3:13) admonishes us to be merciful and forgiving because of the great mercy and forgiveness we have received for the sake of Christ.
Eph 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
We are truly, as a citizen of the kingdom of heaven, people who “stand[s] in a middle point, between a mercy received and a mercy yet needed.”(Richard C. Trench)
Father, I pray that by your, Holy Spirit, we may ever be merciful and forgiving, so that in this way, we my be truly your children, and thus show forth the life of the kingdom that we have so graciously been made citizens of, in Christ our Lord. Amen.
Blessings in Christ,
Terry W. West