Then we ought to be careful to practise goodness. Give the proceeds to the poor? 3. Feb 2, 1986. Matthew 5:48. No, it actually flows from “the new self” to which Paul pointed his readers in Ephesians 4:24. It is all from Him. But the Good News of Christ promises God's provision for that need. He is righteous. Jesus is pointing us to in Matthew 5:48. That's why God gets all the glory. Other verses throughout the sermon are also concerned about righteousness...5:13...“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? And Jesus said, "You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, [19] Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself." He cannot compromise. for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The Beatitudes - He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. That would be scandalous. Disgraceful; shameful or shocking; improper: Did you know Jesus was no stranger to scandal or scandalous behavior? He is righteous. Throughout this “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus repeatedly shows that the Law always points to the perfection and holiness of God. So because of the mercy of God, when you believe, grace positions you in a righteousness that comes from outside yourself, from God himself, the perfect record, the perfect standing of Jesus. No, we give up on the idea that by my power, I can earn my position before God. But can the rest of this sermon tell us anything about this scandalous verse? He has at once revealed our distance from the "perfect;" for we are not like him. One clue in the context that helps us with this concept is that God is called “your Father”, and verse 45 talks about being “sons of your Father who is in heaven”. Brothers and sisters, friends, there is no problem with the words of Jesus. Where in O.T. It is of great concern to us guilty creatures to be found in Jesus Christ, having on His righteousness. God doesn't simply declare us righteous because of Jesus, he also begins a work of making us righteous because of Jesus, righteous from the inside out. And yet, there is nothing improper or offensive about them. The Sermon on the Mount consists— I. A. Matthew 5:48 is not the only passage teaching us to be perfect (Genesis 6:9, Genesis 17:1, Deuteronomy 18:13, Job 1:1; 8; 2:3, Psalms . 5–7), Jesus speaks in an idealistic sense. 2. That same is true about God. So why do they bother us so much? Those who mourn are blessed, for they will be comforted. Of course. Sermon Matthew 5:38-48 Love Your Enemies. In Matthew 5:48, Jesus is pointing us to both a radical inner righteousness, and a radical outer righteousness. It is loving because only then will we fully look to and depend on God's provision of righteousness. That's a verse about righteousness. It's in Matthew 5:20... For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Can you imagine if a Supreme Court nominee was asked during confirmation hearings whether or not he would care about justice every time he presided, can you imagine what would happen if he or she said, “I will care about justice...most of the time”? This is also called the “six antitheses” because Jesus makes six quotations or paraphrases of commands of Moses in the Bible, and then he says, “But I say” and makes a similar but stronger statement. I know I've fallen into that trap. Body: Regardless of man’s terms, God’s terms are clear (Matthew 5:48). A. God is PERFECTLY HOLY. Maybe? To be like God is the sublimest human possibility. Jim Bomkamp. This makes it difficult to interpret and apply His teaching to contemporary living. 5:48 is not the end of the Sermon on the Mount, else we could safely resolve that that’s the conclusion of all that the Lord taught that day, spanning three chapters (Matthew 5, 6 & 7). Would you? It comes from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 5, verse 48. 2. But the translation “mature” doesn't quite work in Matthew 5:48... is like God's righteousness in that it doesn't simply consist of outward displays, but flows from inside, from out of the nature of the one who walks in righteousness. I. During the Seventies, there was a bumper-sticker that said, “Christians are not perfect – just forgiven.” Sadly, it gave both Christians and non-Christians the wrong impression of the true spirit of Christianity. If we are to obey the injunction of the text it is necessary that we have faith in the fact. Another writer, James, the half-brother of Jesus, used it in a way that could be translated either way. But these aren't my words. Speaker: Bryce Morgan Series: Be Perfect (Sermon on the Mount), Topic: What we wholly fail to conceive is a perfect man. Wouldn't the real scandal be for a grace-filled child of God to say, “My goal is not obey God in all things, in every way, at all times...because that's unrealistic”? Since Jesus says “therefore” in 5:48, he is referring back to what he just said; and the last theme he taught–in 5:43-47–fits the bill of referring to who God is and who children of God should be. But without recognizing it, this man was breaking the very first commandment, “You shall no other gods before me.” Sadly, money had become his god, and as we see here, he wasn't willing to renounce it. As Jesus continues to teach us what it means to be truly holy, the focus is on reconciliation instead of retribution. Our nature is corrupt. It is a righteousness that flows out of one's nature. It also powers us...power to pursue perfection, just as Jesus said. In fact the same Greek word translated as “perfect” in Matthew 5:48, is used throughout the New Testament, by several different writers. “Sell everything you have? Then all our powers ought to be awakened to bless His name. As with all proof texts, context is crucial. Are they too works-oriented? Wouldn't the real scandal be for a grace-filled child of God to say, “My goal is not obey God in all things, in every way, at all times...because that's unrealistic”? 1. To some they may be scandalous. The gentle are blessed, for they will inherit the earth. The judgments of God cannot be fathomed at present. Matthew 5:6... “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”. So do these contexts help us understand what Jesus means when he says, “You...must be perfect”? Truly law taught to love neighbor - no command to hate. Paul knew he had to tell the Ephesians to “put off the old self”. I know I've fallen into that trap. Scandalous. Not only did Jesus use the term and warn us about stumbling blocks, but He is also identified as a skandalon. It is loving for God to expose our inability, and therefore, the futility of our attempts to be righteous. Yep, in all these verses, and many more, the same word is translated “mature” instead of “perfect”. Not outer righteousness in the sense of your actions. Never are we instructed to run from conflict. Matthew 5:48 is the forty-eighth and final verse of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount.This is the final verse of the final antithesis, and it is a summary of Jesus' earlier teachings. It represents God answering your cry in a wonderful way. - R.T. 1. Scripture: Matthew 5:1–12. This was the Messiah? And when we see him, behold he is "God manifest in the flesh." It is all from Him. © 2021 Way of Grace Church: Buckeye, AZ All Rights Reserved. When Jesus spoke about "Responding To Evil", He laid down two principles: a.Do not resist an evil person - Mt 5:39a b. If that's the cry God has put in your heart through Jesus, then the sermon of Jesus in Matthew 5-7, this “Sermon on the Mount”, is for you. John Piper May 21, 1995 289 Shares Jesus left the multitudes and went up on a mountain. [17] For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Rom. But we compromise. When that happens, your “I can't be perfect” will be coupled with a new declaration, “I can't be perfect...but I want to be...by your power, Father, I want to be.”. οὖν, from an ancient form of the participle of the verb εἶναι (Klotz, Devar.) For God to be God, he must demand perfection, every time, all the time. Topic. Both come to the same thing. But we compromise. You must have as your goal obedience at all times, in every way”? He is holy. Matthew 5:38-48 is part of a larger section (vv. But to understand that fully, we need to think about the radical outer righteousness Jesus is pointing us to in Matthew 5:48. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law [apart from the righteousness of perfect law-keeping...which none of us could fulfill], although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—[22] the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. Jesus is telling his followers that they must be, that we must be perfect...like God is perfect...as your heavenly Father is perfect. It may be come as surprise to you that what's actually improper and disgraceful in this Matthew 5:48 dynamic is our thinking about grace. For, after all, God himself is the standard perfection; and it is only because we see him in Christ that we are satisfied with Christ. But it is also. Jesus tells a rich, young, spiritual seeker, that... “If you would enter life, keep the commandments." Can you imagine if a Supreme Court nominee was asked during confirmation hearings whether or not he would care about justice every time he presided, can you imagine what would happen if he or she said, “I will care about justice...most of the time”? Then we should follow after holiness. Matthew 5:48. Previous | Index | Next >> "THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW" Acting Like Our Father (5:43-48) INTRODUCTION 1. Jesus' call here, Jesus' kingdom call to perfect righteousness is all about grace. His very nature is righteous. But to understand that fully, we need to think about the radical outer righteousness Jesus is pointing us to in Matthew 5:48. Are they too unrealistic? Today’s passage brings us to the heart of the Sermon on the Mount. 2. God is PERFECTLY GOOD. That struggle is part of what it means to follow Jesus. [22] When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Are they too demanding? Matthew 5:1-2. Would you agree? BY MATTHEW (shaded area) Click chart to enlarge Jesus Birth and Early Years Leading up to the Sermon on the Mount Matthew 1-7 Source: Ryrie Study Bible. Is it scandalous to say, “You must have as your goal obedience at all times, in every way”? Matthew 5:38-48 Love Your Enemies. Not outer righteousness in the sense of your actions. (Read the entire sermon - Matthew 5:43-48 Love to Enemies Enjoined) Love ( 25 ) ( agapao from the noun agape ) ( Click study of agape ) describes an unconditional, sacrificial love, which ultimately is the love that God is (1Jn 4:8,16) and that God demonstrates (Ro 5:8- note ) (Jn 3:16, 1Jn 4:9) in its supreme form at Calvary. 1. 1 * When he saw the crowds, * he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. But what about the rest of the New Testament? a 4 * Blessed are they who mourn, b. for they will be comforted. Listen to the way the Apostle Paul talked about the change that God effects in a life through the gospel. No, not perfectly knowledgeable, not perfectly chiseled, not perfectly proper in terms of social mores, and not perfectly fabulous in terms of your hair, makeup, or Sunday best. This denotes the transcendent excellence of His nature, while He is infinitely distinguished from all other beings. That must be shown us, revealed to us. Dr. Philip W. McLarty. Understanding the Context of Matthew 5:48. It becomes us to resign to His will and acquiesce in His appointments. In the ESV it's translated at “perfect”. God cannot demand anything less then perfection, can he? [21] Jesus said to him, "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." This is what the Apostle said... For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Imperfect you must run to perfect Jesus, to receive both perfect grace and perfect righteousness. 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