There’s a Sermon that Jesus preached on the mount that covered 19 different topics and was dissected into 3 chapters in Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7 in the New Testament. There were many points that were made and the bite-sized teachings penetrated the hearts of those that heard that message the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having Authority, and not as the scribes (Matthew 7:28-29 NKJV).
The Sermon of “Your Father in Heaven”
Hi, if I were to title this Sermon on the Mount—I would call it “Your Father in Heaven”; Why? Because whatever Jesus taught in Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7; He would always point to the Father in Heaven as the One who receives Glory, or sees in secret, and rewards openly (Matt. 5:16; 6:4 NKJV).
Jesus mentioned “Your Father in Heaven—3 times in Matthew chapter 5. Jesus mentions Your Heavenly Father, Your Father and Our Father in Heaven a total of 12 times in Matthew chapter 6. Then Jesus mentions it again one time in Matthew chapter 7. Jesus presented God as Our Heavenly Father 16 times in His Sermon that is untitled. I guess Theologians did not know what to label it. I’m labeling it “YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN SERMON”.
What’s the Big Deal about it?
If you’re not familiar with the way Scripture is meant to be taken, then what Jesus said will not impact you. However, to be more mindful of how to accept Scripture with that sense of AWE, or in today’s lingo WOW, THAT’S TOTALLY AWESOME MAN! Every time Jesus quotes something over and over—He is placing GREAT EMPHASIS to the importance of what He is saying.
Yes, Jesus restructured the teachings that needed to be re-explained in a more practical way so people can live out the principle—instead of debating over it. Then Jesus places Great Emphasis as to who desires us to live it out those principles—and that is OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.
It’s not me, or your pastor, or Faith-Writers that wants you to be-a-goody-to-shoe Christian—it’s YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER that’s calling your attention to the principles that HE DESIRES for us to live out.
Outlining the Sermon of YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN
Jesus began His Sermon with the Blessings of Joy and Happiness we can encounter in the kingdom of God on earth despite the outward circumstances and troubles we encounter on a daily basis. We are bless when we are spiritually poor or weak in our walk of faith (Matthew 5:3 NKJV). Because the kingdom of God is available to us to regroup, reenergize, and reestablish ourselves to continue in the faith.
Skipping down through the Beatitudes to the last point we are even bless when we are reviled, persecuted, and falsely accused of something that we did not do (Matthew 5:11-12 NKJV).
Jesus then speaks about us becoming Salt and Lights to this world (Matthew 5:13-16 NKJV). And in verse 16 Jesus said, let your LIGHT so shine before men, that they may see your good works and GLORIFY YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.
When I began reading Scripture for some reason I would grab my Bible and it would open to Matthew 5, 6, or 7, for about 6 months in 1992. I came to realize “hey, maybe God wants to tell me something in these 3 Chapters?” After reading it over and over I was able to quote all 3 Chapters. Then it came down to my applying every principle in these 3 Chapters. The hardest for me was to forgive my enemies. The impact of knowing that God the FATHER wanted me to live this way did not hit me as it is doing right now.
You see, DIVINE REVELATION of Scripture will come to you after 20, 30, or 40 years of being a Christian. The fact that the Holy Spirit is telling me to teach about God being a HEAVENLY FATHER is revolutionizing my mind right now. I also had to be a Christian father to also understand God as OUR HEAVENLY FATHER. What is your point Manuel?
1. I thought I had to live out these principles in Matthew Chapters 5, 6, and 7. To be highly regarded by God as a man who fears God’s judgment.
2. I also fell into the religious out-look of pleasing God to get into Heaven. After reading what Paul said in Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV, I let go of this foolish idea.
3. I thought if I lived out these principles in Matthew 5, 6, and 7, I would be able to get a blessing, a good job, a car, a house, a boat and etc.
Seeing Scripture Clearly
We cannot look at the Beatitudes like a bunch of rules that if we don’t apply God will kill us. It’s not designed or meant to be interpreted that way. Let’s see what OUR HEAVENLY FATHER DESIRES US TO UNDERSTAND!
Jesus Said in Matthew 5:3-11
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (v.3) To explain this plain and simple, if we are spiritually poor or weak in our walk of faith, then we are offered a solution the kingdom of heaven that we can tap into to fortify us to be strong in spirit and in the power of God’s Might. The Prayers for Might is found in (Ephesians 3:14-19 NKJV / Acts 4:24-31 NKJV).
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted (v.4). Now, how will we be comforted? By the COMFORTER the HOLY SPIRIT—Jesus said (John 14:26 KJV).
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth (v.5). Do you want to experience total blessing be a humble person at any place and anywhere you go. I can testify that I came into jobs, and social circles and in less than a year I was appointed manager, foreman, leader, had my own business and so on…The meek inherits things not the arrogant or prideful. (See Psalm 37:3, 9 and 11).
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled (v.6) Are you hungry for the Word of God and the Supernatural things of God? Well, Jesus said you will be filled! How? Read Psalm 37:1-6 NKJV to learn the application of experiencing this Divine filling of God’s righteousness.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy (v.7) Do you desire God’s mercy on your life? Be merciful when your children act up, be merciful when your co-workers come against you, be merciful to those who are in financial debt to you, be merciful to your spouse when they fail to meet your expectations, be merciful when you want to scream, be merciful when you want to give somebody the birdy or a piece of your mind. My God…be merciful when people don’t need mercy but a slap in the face. Now, you see the practical application?
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God (v.8) How many of you want to see the FATHER? Moses saw HIS backside (See Exodus 33:11-23 NKJV) We have found GRACE with the FATHER through the shed Blood of JESUS CHRIST—now we must maintain a pure heart to see God when HE will deem it necessary to visit with us face to face. I saw JESUS 5 times thru visions I’m waiting for the Face-to-Face visit.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God (v.9) Jesus demonstrated what a peacemaker is Peter cut off the soldiers ear with a knife, Jesus placed it back on supernaturally and told Peter to put away the sword that He had to go through what He is experiencing (John 18:10-11/Matt.26:51-52/Luke 22:49-51 NKJV).
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (v.10) Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake (v.11) Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Jesus explained why we should be happy about being persecuted for His name because when we live for God and represent God on earth the devil will use anybody and everybody to make our Christian walk difficult. But we still have to learn how to accept it as part of the package of serving God.
Finishing off the article about why we must be Salt and Light to others is so that we may reflect God’s Glory and be Identified as God’s sons and daughters by the way we conduct ourselves through heartaches, headaches, hardships and drama we will encounter. If we apply the Be—Attitudes by having the godly attitude when we go thru the troubles, then unbelievers will see the good works and Glorify YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN!