The Beatitudes – Thirsty and Hungry for Righteousness

The Beatitudes – Part 2

  1. Happy are the Ones Hungering and Thirsting for the Righteousness, Matthew 5:6
    1. They are characterized as hungering and thirsting
      1. They do not possess righteousness
      2. Hunger and thirst come from lack
        1. After 40 days in the wilderness, Jesus was hungry, Matthew 4:2
        2. The disciples become hungry on the Sabbath, Matthew 12:1
        3. Primarily used of the lack of food and water, Revelation 7:16;
      3. Those who came to Christ during His earthly ministry would not hunger or thirst, John 6:35; Romans 12:20
    2. A Christian already possesses a quality of the Righteousness of God in Christ, 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Corinthians 1:30
    3. They will be satisfied (used of eating and drinking until one is full)
  2. Happy are the Merciful, Matthew 5:7
    1. “Mercy” is relief from the affects of one’s own sin
    2. An expression of God’s mercy results in salvation, Titus 3:5
      1. God’s show of mercy upon Paul, 1 Timothy 1:13, 16
      2. God’s show of mercy upon the Gentiles, 1 Peter 2:10
      3. God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all, Romans 11:30 – 32
      4. Mercy is not shown to a man on the basis of his desire to receive it, Romans 9:16-18
    3. Mercy and the Christian
      1. Christians receive mercy on the basis of God’s mercy apart from works of righteousness, Titus 3:5
      2. Mercy is upon a Christian who walks by the rule of the New Creation (The Christ), Galatians 6:15, 16
      3. God showed us mercy while we were still dead in our trespasses, Ephesians 2:4, 5
        1. A trespass is within the mind
        2. Sin ultimately results from a trespass
      4. We can draw near to the Throne of Grace where we receive mercy, because Christ is our High Priest, […]
The Beatitudes – Thirsty and Hungry for Righteousness2023-12-14T11:19:44-08:00

The Proper Use of the Old Testament

Two types of doctrine are found in Scripture that are revealed through two Greek words used for different types of teaching; doctrine that is to be learned and practiced and doctrine that is to be learned, but NOT practiced.

“All Scripture is God breathed and profitable towards teaching, towards conviction, towards correction, towards child training in the righteousness” , 2 Timothy 3:16.

“Teaching” refers to information to be learned but not practiced. Conviction, correction and child training in the righteousness relates to doctrine that is to be learned and practiced.

“And having various gracious gifts according to the grace, the one given to you, whether prophecy, according as the portion of the faith, whether the one serving, in serving or the one teaching, in teaching…” Romans 12:6, 7.

“… and He gave the Apostles, and the prophets, and the evangelists, and the pastors even teachers…” Ephesians 4:11.

The “Pastor” and the “Teacher” in the Ephesians passage are the same person. It is the primary responsibility of the Pastor as the shepherd to teach doctrine that is to be learned and practiced; however, he is also to properly handle Old Testament information by teaching it as information that is to be learned, but not practiced. In addition to the Pastor properly handling the Old Testament information, God has proved others with the Spiritual gift of teaching who properly teach the value of the Old Testament information without abusing it by seeking to make it doctrine to live by in this day and age (Romans 12:6,7). This is not restricting doctrine to be learned and practiced to only a Pastor being able to teach it, but the Pastor is the primary method by which this type […]

The Proper Use of the Old Testament2023-12-10T07:25:07-08:00
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