Christians were to be of a yielding temper, and bear a double exaction rather than provoke ill words and anger. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. The doing must always precede the teaching. Our Lord would never have tolerated the wicked laws of certain of the American States, which allow married men and women to separate on the merest pretext. Oh, that we had sufficient decision of character to make short work of everything which tends towards evil! How are we the servants of Christ if we have not his spirit? There Christ sat, and “his disciples came unto him.” They formed the inner circle that was ever nearest to him, and to them he imparted his choicest secrets, but he also spoke to the multitude, and therefore it is said that “he opened his mouth,” as well he might when there were such great truths to proceed from it, and so vast a crowd to hear them: “He opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,” —. Eternal Torment or Complete Annihilation? Gender Revolution - What are they teaching your kids? do not even the publicans the same? Oh, what divine dignity there is in this majestic Person. Matthew 5:16. Matthew 5:14 "You are the light of the world. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Let us not be among those who take up novel ideas of wedlock, and seek to deform the marriage laws under the pretense of reforming them. Matthew 5:19. Ye are the salt of the earth: Followers of Christ, “ye are the salt of the earth.” You help to preserve it, and to subdue the corruption that is in it. There are countries where there is found salt from which the pungency has completely gone. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees,-, Who seemed to have reached the very highest degree of it; indeed, they themselves thought they went rather over the mark than under it, but Christ says to his disciples, “Unless your righteousness goes beyond that,-. A man who has the stains of filth on his soul cannot see God, but they who are purified in heart are purified in vision too: “they shall see God.”. If the God-given grace could be taken from you altogether, if you had no sanctifying power about you at all, what could be done with you? He owns the precept, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor,” but he hates the parasitical growth of “hate thine enemy.” This last sentence is destructive of that out of which it appears legitimately to grow, since those who are here styled enemies are, in fact, neighbors. Matthew 5:44-45. The Word of God is very emphatic upon that point: ‘: If they shall fall away, it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance” Falling may be retrieved, but falling away never can be happy. These precepts are not meant for fools, they are set before us as our general rule; but each rule is balanced by other Scriptural commands, and there is the teaching of a philanthropic common-sense to guide us. Matthew 5:13Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? We may not do this even with antiquity for our warrant. Love is the bond of perfectness; and if we have perfect love, it will form in us a perfect character. A man’s character may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing; and yet such a man will be the very first to admit that the grace which is in him is at best in its infancy, and though perfect as a child in all its parts, it has not yet attained to the perfection of full-grown manhood. Ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. Leave thy gift, go away from the prayer-meeting, turn back from the Lord’s table, and go and first be reconciled to thy brother.”. God will fill them; and when he fills men with his fullness, they are full indeed. 9. Matthew 5:29. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:29-30. False swearing was forbidden of old, but every kind of swearing is forbidden now by the word of our Lord Jesus. The law is spiritual; it touches the emotions, the thoughts, the desires, as well as the words and actions of men. We bless where our old nature bids us curse, and we are active in doing good to those who deserve to receive evil from us. Shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hellfire. The mountains and the valleys belong really to him who can, with happy eye, look upon them, and then lift his face to heaven, and feel, “My Father made them all.”. They are to endure personal ill-usage without coming to blows. But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment; And a far higher judgment than that of men; Matthew 5:22. The earth would go putrid if there were no salt of grace to preserve it. Matthew 5 Commentary: . It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: But I say unto to you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. Interesting; I did not know Matthew was Spurgeon's last commentary. The moment you begin to know Christ, you begin to have blessings; and the more you know of him, the more blessed you will be. If the Lord only sent the fertilizing shower upon the land of the saintly, drought would deprive whole leagues of land of all hope of a harvest. It is said that, in Hindustan, there is a complete divorce of religion from morality, so that a man may be supposed to be eminently religious even while living in the utmost filthiness and vice; but it must never be so among us. If words mean anything, this command of Christ is an utter abolishment of oaths taken before magistrates as well as everywhere else. This is the spirit of the Christian — to live with the view of doing service. ", You must enable JavaScript to view all available content on this page, Errors of the Invitation System or Alter Call, Counterfeit Cross - The Lordship of Christ in Salvation - Part II, A Historical Overview of The Lord's Supper, Set Your Mind on Things Above - Matthew Henry, Prophecies of the Destruction of Jerusalem which have remarkably been fulfilled - Thomas Newton. Only when we have remembered our wrong doing, and made reconciliation can we hope for acceptance with the Lord. His word is law. Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: but I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither of heaven; for it is God’s throne: nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. And you are treading in their steps, so you are entering into their heritage. What does the phrase "gnashing of teeth" mean? No cross of a “t” and no dot of an “I” shall be taken from God’s law. Our legislators begin their official existence by swearing. Lord, give me a patient spirit, so that I may not seek to avenge myself, even when I might righteously do so! Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. The rule of the judgment seat is not for common life; but the rule of the cross and the all-enduring Sufferer is for us all. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Let them be comforted now in the prospect of future comfort. Leave thy gift, go away from the prayer-meeting, turn back from the Lord’s table, and go and first be reconciled to thy brother.”. Hence all this comes under such censure as men distribute in their councils; yes, under what is far worse, the punishment awarded by the highest court of the universe, which dooms men to “hell fire.” Thus our Lord and King restores the law of God to its true force, and warns us that it denounces not only the overt act of killing, but every thought, feeling, and word which would tend to injure a brother, or annihilate him by contempt. Spurgeon - Matthew Bible Commentary Mateo 1 Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21 Towards every being in the prospect of future comfort to trust his....: Spurgeon 's Bible Commentaries - Matthew Henry, Adam Clarke, Pulpit Commentary, etc Pulpit Commentary etc. Hand to this work a second time from us while we harbor enmity. 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