God’s Word “God’s Work, God’s Disposition, and God Himself III” (Part Four)

  1. The Sermon on the Mount

1) The Beatitudes (Mat 5:3-12)

2) Salt and Light (Mat 5:13-16)

3) Law (Mat 5:17-20)

4) Anger (Mat 5:21-26)

5) Adultery (Mat 5:27-30)

6) Divorce (Mat 5:31-32)

7) Vows (Mat 5:33-37)

8) Eye for Eye (Mat 5:38-42)

9) Love Your Enemies (Mat 5:43-48)

10) Instruction About Giving (Mat 6:1-4)

11) Prayer (Mat 6:5-8)

  1. The Parables of the Lord Jesus

1) The Parable of the Sower (Mat 13:1-9)

2) The Parable of the Tares (Mat 13:24-30)

3) The Parable of the Mustard Seed (Mat 13:31-32)

4) The Parable of the Leaven (Mat 13:33)

5) The Parable of the Tares Explained (Mat 13:36-43)

6) The Parable of the Treasure (Mat 13:44)

7) The Parable of the Pearl (Mat 13:45-46)

8) The Parable of the Net (Mat 13:47-50)

  1. The Commandments

(Mat 22:37-39) Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Let’s first look at each part of “The Sermon on the Mount.” What are all of these related to? It can be said with certainty that these are all more elevated, more concrete, and closer to people’s lives than the regulations of the Age of Law. To speak in modern terms, it’s more relevant to people’s actual practice.

Let’s read the specific content of the following: How should you understand the beatitudes? What should you know about the law? How should anger be defined? How should adulterers be dealt with? What is said, and what kind of rules are there about divorce, and who can get divorced and who cannot get divorced? How about vows, eye for eye, love your enemies, instruction about giving, etc.? All of these things have to do with every aspect of the practice of mankind’s belief in God, and of their following God. Some of these practices are still relevant today, but they are more rudimentary than the current requirements of people. They are fairly elementary truths people encounter in their belief in God. From the time the Lord Jesus began working, He was already beginning to work on the life disposition of humans, but it was based on the foundation of the laws. Did the rules and the sayings on these topics have anything to do with the truth? Of course they did! All of the previous regulations, principles, and the sermon in the Age of Grace were all related to God’s disposition and what He has and is, and of course to the truth. No matter what God expresses, in what way He expresses it, or using what kind of language, its foundation, its origin, and its starting point are all based on the principles of His disposition and what He has and is. This is without error. So even though now these things He said seem a little shallow, you still can’t say that they’re not the truth, because they were things that were indispensable for people in the Age of Grace in order to satisfy God’s will and to achieve a change in their life disposition. Can you say that any of the things in the sermon are not in line with the truth? You can’t! Each one of these is the truth because they were all God’s requirements for mankind; they were all principles and a scope given by God for how to conduct oneself, and they represent God’s disposition. However, based on the level of their growth in life of that time, they were only able to accept and comprehend these things. Because mankind’s sin had not yet been resolved, the Lord Jesus could only issue these words, and He could only utilize such simple teachings within this kind of scope to tell the people of that time how they should act, what they should do, within what principles and scope they should do things, and how they should believe in God and meet His requirements. All of this was determined based on the stature of mankind at that time. It was not easy for people living under the law to accept these teachings, so what the Lord Jesus taught had to stay within this scope.

Next, let’s take a look at what’s in “The Parables of the Lord Jesus.”

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