2 He began to teach them, saying: . 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. [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." Give the proceeds to the poor? 4. God doesn't simply act righteous. God is PERFECTLY JUST. [22] When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. For those who felt those hunger pains, who felt their own deep need, their own painful lack of righteousness, but were hungry and thirsty for it, there would be satisfaction. That's not one of the commandments,” some might have complained. Way of Grace Church | P.O. How many of us, even if we don't say it out loud, actually live by that belief? Are they too unrealistic? Verse 1-2. The entire Sermon on the Mount is about perfection. a 4 * Blessed are they who mourn, b. for they will be comforted. But did you know Jesus also said lots of things that are still considered scandalous today? Wonderfully, it is that. Jesus is pointing us to in Matthew 5:48. The Sermon on the Mount. Then He began to teach them, saying: The Beatitudes - “The poor in spirit are blessed, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. Those who mourn are blessed, for they will be comforted. Is it scandalous to say, “You must have as your goal obedience at all times, in every way”? The Passage: "As Your...Father is Perfect" (5:48). Let me say it one more time, in case you didn't hear it the first time...You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. I know I've fallen into that trap. Matthew 5:1 tells that …seeing the multitudes, [Jesus] went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. . He cannot compromise. Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:48 close a sermon that He gave to His disciples. Matthew 5:6... [apart from the righteousness of perfect law-keeping...which none of us could fulfill], The same Jesus who called us to “perfect” righteousness is the same Jesus who offers us perfect righteousness (his spotless record of perfect law-keeping), his perfect righteousness, through faith alone. In both later instances, the phrase is central to what Jesus thinks about the entire Law of God. His very nature is righteous. Given the fact that many of these verses use some image of human growth, from child to adult, “mature” seems like a good translation. 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”? That language is found throughout this sermon, and points to something radical about our identity as followers of Jesus. The “peace at any price” mentality is far from biblical command. 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”. But His grace does more than just position us. It is loving for God to expose our inability, and therefore, the futility of our attempts to be righteous. But to understand that fully, we need to think about the radical outer righteousness Jesus is pointing us to in Matthew 5:48. We should ask wisdom of God to direct us in our ways. Browse Sermons on Matthew 5:48. He is righteous. 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. What we wholly fail to conceive is a perfect man. Another writer, James, the half-brother of Jesus, used it in a way that could be translated either way. Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect. Perfect? We first want to finish up this last verse in chapter 5, and then we shall go into chapter 6. And that word appears numerous times throughout the NT, usually translated by the phrase “stumbling block”. And as we've seen, both of these come from God. For God to be God, he must demand perfection, every time, all the time. Wait a minute. 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 It is all from Him. A couple verses later, Paul talks about how we. How? Would you? Is that your desire this morning? Matthew 5:48 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. 1 a And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:. This passage is an appeal to live by a higher ethical standard than stipulated in the Law of Moses and to live by a higher ethical standard than what the scribes and Pharisees practised: It is not simply outer adherence to God's law. And since I have God's grace, through faith, I no longer need to measure up; because of Jesus, I don't need to pursue perfection.”. Disgraceful; shameful or shocking; improper: Did you know Jesus was no stranger to scandal or scandalous behavior? Matthew 5:1-2. I'm not and never will be perfect. You have trusted Christ, then there is a new you, a new self, just as Paul talks about here. 2. 21-47) providing six situations illustrating what Jesus means by fulfilling the law. Perfect? I think we struggle with this statement from Jesus because of how we think God's grace in Jesus. Paul wrote in I Corinthians 1:23...but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles. James 1:2–4... Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, [3] for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. THE CHRISTIAN STANDARD OF THE PERFECT IS THE NOBLEST INSPIRATION TO MAN. If it is, you must first let this call of Jesus, this call of perfection, you must let it drive you to surrender. I know I've fallen into that trap. At 111 verses, it is the longest continuous discourse of Jesus in the New Testament. 2. But can the rest of this sermon tell us anything about this scandalous verse? Understanding the Context of Matthew 5:48. 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. Sound familiar? How? It answers the question, what … Matthew 5:31-32 is part of a larger passage, Matthew 5:17-48, that is included in Jesus’ Sermon on Mount. 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. Matthew 5:48. Are they too demanding? 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. Why was Jesus identified as scandalous? We have and we will fail. That language is found throughout this sermon, and points to something radical about our identity as followers of Jesus. I. CHRISTIANITY PRESENTS A PERFECT STANDARD OF HUMANITY. 3. His very nature is righteous. It shouldn't be. That's why God gets all the glory. 2. It is of great concern to us guilty creatures to be found in Jesus Christ, having on His righteousness. He inspires us to seek after the perfect; for we may be "made like unto him in all things." That struggle is part of what it means to follow Jesus. No, we give up on the idea that by my power, I can earn my position before God. 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. And when we see him, behold he is "God manifest in the flesh." ñ: í í-16). 6:33...But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Share. II. CHAPTER 5. It's not. It is a call to give up...to hunger for the righteousness only God can give through Jesus, and then seek his kingdom righteousness every day, in light of the power He provides. When Jesus spoke about "Responding To Evil", He laid down two principles: a.Do not resist an evil person - Mt 5:39a b. 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. He is holy. Matthew 5:45. so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 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. Before we can make sense of why this statement sounds scandalous, we need to know what Jesus means. 2. Then Jesus turns to his disciples and all who want to learn from him: ^lessed are you… _ The main theme is ^the prophets _ (Mt. September 9, 2018 Justice is commonly distinguished into commutative and distributive, the former in an equal exchange of benefits; this can have no place in our dealings with God. 3. It should yield us satisfaction that such a perfect Being as God is governs the world. One Truth: Walk in Truth, The Gospel That same is true about God. Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount - Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. Small town gossip you heard as a child? 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”? Now remember, the scribes and the Pharisees were considered the most righteous people in Jewish society. Christ is the realized thought of God, when he designed the being man. Scandalous. God is PERFECTLY GOOD. It shouldn't be. Matthew 5:38-48 is part of a larger section (vv. Paul knew he had to tell the Ephesians to “put off the old self”. How extensive the Divine goodness (Psalm 145:9, 16). 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. Do his words still sound scandalous to you? Because for the Jews who heard the message, the death of Jesus on a Roman cross, a criminal's death, made claims about his lordship improper, disgraceful, even offensive. It represents God answering your cry in a wonderful way. For God to be God, he must demand perfection, every time, all the time. But these aren't my words. Matthew 5:48. The judgments of God cannot be fathomed at present. Listen to a couple definitions of the word scandalous: Causing general public outrage by a perceived offense against morality or law. The Christ is to be so set before men, that they may get from his story the idea of a perfect human being. John Piper ... Sermon. Yes? Previous | Index | Next >> "THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW" Acting Like Our Father (5:43-48) INTRODUCTION 1. . It can. But we compromise. But if we broadened our study to the whole book, we would discover this “perfect” righteousness is mentioned again in chap 19. But if that's true, what do we do with Jesus' scandalous words in 5:48? Not only did Jesus use the term and warn us about stumbling blocks, but He is also identified as a skandalon. So the call of Jesus in Matthew 5:48 is not a call to measure up. Do you hear that word? Distributive justice, which ought to be exercised by rulers towards their subjects, consists in the equal distribution of rewards and punishments. 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). He writes in, In Matthew 5:48, Jesus is pointing us to both a radical inner righteousness, and a radical outer righteousness. Brothers and sisters, friends, there is no problem with the words of Jesus. Imperfect you must run to perfect Jesus, to receive both perfect grace and perfect righteousness. Let's take a few minutes and use the three different contexts to make sure we understand what Jesus is saying. Law was basis? It becomes us to resign to His will and acquiesce in His appointments. “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” That's “true righteousness and holiness”. (Romans 3:21, 22). But what about the rest of the New Testament? Matthew 5:48-6:8: Jesus Sermon On The Mount: Be Perfect / Don t Perform Righteousness To Be Seen By Men / Not Using Meaningless Repitition by . This was the Messiah? © 2021 Way of Grace Church: Buckeye, AZ All Rights Reserved. In fact the word “scandal” comes from the Greek word skandalon. Rather it’s simply the theme of love which the Lord taught in verses 43-47 of Matthew 5 that He “therefore” summarized in verse 48. That's why I need God's grace. To be like God is the sublimest human possibility. Then we ought to be careful to practise goodness. John Piper Jan 26, 1986 340 Shares Sermon. And yet, there is nothing improper or offensive about them. Is this scandalous call to perfection only something Jesus emphasized? But I Say to You, Love Your Enemies, Part 2. 5 The peculiar characteristic of these opening sentences is, the kind of man whom Christ pronounces happy. 2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,. Not outer righteousness in the sense of your actions. How many of us, even if we don't say it out loud, actually live by that belief? Scandalous, right? Listen to the assurance Jesus gave right at the beginning of this sermon. Wonderfully, it is that. II. Matthew 5:38-48 Love Your Enemies. Both come to the same thing. 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. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. [4] And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete [or mature and complete], lacking in nothing. Sermon on the Mount: 3. . Today’s passage brings us to the heart of the Sermon on the Mount. Peace in the Bible is never to be confused with pacifism.Avoidance of strife. Yep, in all these verses, and many more, the same word is translated “mature” instead of “perfect”. Matthew 5:6... “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”. Passage: Matthew 5:48. Of an introduction, beginning at Matthew 5:3 and ending with Matthew 5:16 of Matt. But it is also. A. That same is true about God. 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. Jesus' call here, Jesus' kingdom call to perfect righteousness is all about grace. What do I still lack?" Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit Who Mourn. We know what being like God means when we look on Christ. - R.T. 1. 3. 1. God doesn't simply act righteous. He is holy. If I went to every church in our city and delivered the same message, I think it would be considered fairly scandalous, don't you? So do these contexts help us understand what Jesus means when he says, “You...must be perfect”? (19:17-22). Listen to a couple definitions of the word, Did you know Jesus was no stranger to scandal or scandalous behavior? First, the overall context must be considered. This makes it difficult to interpret and apply His teaching to contemporary living. Something new, something different has come. It is implied in our text, it is taught throughout the New Testament, and it is confirmed by experience, that there is nothing so morally helpful as faith in God. It also powers us...power to pursue perfection, just as Jesus said. God has transformed his children through Jesus. The Beatitudes *. The entire Sermon on the Mount is about perfection. Topic. But the Good News of Christ promises God's provision for that need. 1:16, 17). That's why God gets all the glory. The same Jesus who called us to “perfect” righteousness is the same Jesus who offers us perfect righteousness (his spotless record of perfect law-keeping), his perfect righteousness, through faith alone. 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." It answers the question, what is moral perfection? But as we look to Him, with a hungry faith, we find power to keep saying, “I want to follow faithfully...I want to please you in every way, Father...I want to honor you at all times...in my attitude and actions.” That has to be what the NT writers had in mind when they wrote about “maturity”. 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. 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”? Feb 2, 1986. It comes from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 5, verse 48. That's a verse about righteousness. 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. [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. [18] He said to him, "Which ones?" General Outline of the Sermon on the Mount. 1. We may be able to form an idea of perfect virtue, perfect duty, perfect purity. Breaking news from Hollywood or Washington D.C.? 2. Matthew 5:48. But we compromise. In Matthew 5:48, Jesus is pointing us to both a radical inner righteousness, and a radical outer righteousness. Grace is not simply a position in which we stand. Here the Word of the Lord, as given to us in Matthew 5:38-48. II. 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. 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. (Colossians 1:28), But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. In the coming months, we will dig deep into what Jesus taught, allowing it to drive us to both the outer and inner righteousness He alone can give. 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. 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.”. And that new self is “created after the likeness of God”. Not outer righteousness in the sense of your actions. 2. So the scandalous call of Christ in Matthew 5:48 exposes our desperate need for righteous-ness. He writes in Ephesians 4:21–24... ...you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, [22] to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, [23] and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, [24] and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Is God just? But it is also power. Listen to the way the Apostle Paul talked about the change that God effects in a life through the gospel. 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. Jesus left the multitudes and went up on a mountain. 1 * When he saw the crowds, * he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. 1. “Jesus Really Means What He Says” (Matthew 5:38-48) Listen again to what Jesus says to us in today’s Gospel reading, and tell me what you think: “But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. Matthew 5:48 is similar to these topics: Matthew 5:45, Matthew 5:46, Matthew 5:42 and more. Sermon Matthew 5:38-48 Love Your Enemies. God is PERFECTLY HOLY. Matthew 5:48 "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect (NASB: Lockman) Greek: Esesthe oun humeis teleioi os o pater humon o ouranios teleios estin. That would be scandalous. Matthew 5:48. As with all proof texts, context is crucial. Sermon on the Mount: Matthew 5:48 You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect. It is a righteousness that flows out of one's nature. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. An inter-office memo about your company's disgraced CEO? Concluding exhortation. And as we've seen, both of these come from God. Not only did Jesus use the term and warn us about stumbling blocks, but He is also identified as a. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Matthew 5:48. Listen to the way the Apostle Paul talked about the change that God effects in a life through the gospel. Are they too works-oriented? Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Matthew 5:38-48 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: Earlier, Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill” (5:17). This inner righteousness is not simply about doing good works; about doing the “right thing”. Because of what Jesus is pointing us to here. He has at once revealed our distance from the "perfect;" for we are not like him. 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. = “things being so;” either a collective inference from all that goes before (Matthew 5:21-47) or as a reflection on the immediately preceding argument. Scripture: Matthew 5:1–12. Topics similar to or like Matthew 5:48. Never are we instructed to run from conflict. Do you see why this scandalous call is actually full of grace? We might think, “Perfect? It is all from Him. As Jesus continues to teach us what it means to be truly holy, the focus is on reconciliation instead of retribution. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. But His grace does more than just position us. First, let’s dispel the misconceptions of peacemakers. We have and we will fail. The Sermon on the Mount - When He saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. That's why we are positioned in the perfect righteousness of Jesus. In fact the same Greek word translated as “perfect” in Matthew 5:48, is used throughout the New Testament, by several different writers. We should be hereby excited to seek wisdom (Proverbs 4:5, 7). That's the inner righteousness we talked about. I think many who heard this conversation would have labeled the words of Jesus here, “scandalous”. Throughout this “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus repeatedly shows that the Law always points to the perfection and holiness of God. Wait a minute. The Sermon on the Mount consists— I. The largest distinct section of the Sermon on the Mount is Matthew 5:21-48. Maybe? Then we should follow after holiness. Where in O.T. (I Corinthians 14:20), Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. John Piper May 21, 1995 289 Shares Matthew 5:48 NIV Matthew 5:48 NLT Matthew 5:48 ESV Matthew 5:48 NASB Matthew 5:48 KJV Matthew 5:48 Bible Apps Matthew 5:48 Parallel Matthew 5:48 Biblia Paralela Matthew 5:48 Chinese Bible Matthew 5:48 French Bible Matthew 5:48 German Bible Matthew 5:48 Commentaries Bible Hub (Hebrews 5:14). Respond to evil by doing good - Mt 5:39b-42 2. In Matthew 5:48, Jesus is pointing us to both a radical inner righteousness, and a radical outer righteousness. Sermon Bible Commentary. [20] The young man said to him, "All these I have kept. But to understand that fully, we need to think about the radical. Would you agree? Scripture: Matthew 5:3–4. No, it actually flows from “the new self” to which Paul pointed his readers in Ephesians 4:24. I. But to understand that fully, we need to think about the radical outer righteousness Jesus is pointing us to in Matthew 5:48. But that reality of failure does not mean we give up the goal. Will we fail? The gentle are blessed, for they will inherit the earth. for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. He cannot compromise. The idea of hate your enemies, from God's command to wipe out inhabitants of land. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 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. I'd like to share one of those with you this morning. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Matthew 5:43-48 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "AGAPE YOUR ENEMIES" I. PHARISEE'S TEACHING, "LOVE NEIGHBOR, HATE ENEMIES." Speaker: Bryce Morgan Series: Be Perfect (Sermon on the Mount), Topic: Box 1671, Buckeye, Arizona. God cannot be awed by any power to pervert judgment. The Sermon on the Mount consists of five main parts: o 1. Blessed are they who upon good grounds can call this perfect Being their Father and God. Something new, something different has come. The Beatitudes - He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Is God perfectly good? In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads:. A couple verses later, Paul talks about how we are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Note that Mat. οὖν, from an ancient form of the participle of the verb εἶναι (Klotz, Devar.) Listen for it in this verses... Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Scripture: Matthew 5:43–48. No, outer in terms of that which comes from outside us; from someplace else, not from me. Grace is not simply a, in which we stand. Now even though verse 48 doesn't use the word, it's also about righteousness...about moral uprightness. Then all our powers ought to be awakened to bless His name. Back Bible Studies Home Page. In 5:43 Jesus introduces the less than perfect way of the law of Moses, that … Of course. This denotes the transcendent excellence of His nature, while He is infinitely distinguished from all other beings. “Sell everything you have? 3. Then we must embrace whatever God has revealed to us. To some they may be scandalous. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. It also powers us...power to pursue perfection, just as Jesus said. Jesus is telling his followers that they must be, that we must be perfect...like God is perfect... 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? 3. 1. 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