Unlimited: The Sermon on the Mount Is Our Agenda
Jan 27, 2022 817
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (Matthew 5:6, NIV).
The Sermon on the Mount is Christ’s expansion of his preliminary text, “Repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15, RSV).
The Sermon on the Mount does not tell us how to be saved. The sermon from the Cross does that: “Jesus, remember me” … “I tell you the truth today, you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:42-43). That’s how to be saved: look at the Crucified, and say, “Lord, remember me.”
So, the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5–7 does not tell us how to be saved. It tells us who are saved. What are the evidences, the signs and marks that someone has found God?
The sermon on the Mount is not a creed. It’s an agenda.
The Sermon on the Mount tells you whether you have eternal life or not: not by whether your behaviour matches the Sermon’s ideals; no one’s behaviour does. But by whether the Sermon’s ideals are the ideals of your heart. Are the ideals of the Sermon the ideals you hunger and thirst for?
The Sermon on the Mount is not a creed. It’s an agenda. It is not telling us what articles of faith to cherish or what we are to believe. It is telling us what to be, and what to do. – Des Ford (adapted)
Reflection: Read through the whole Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5 – 7) in one sitting. How fully are its teachings the ideals of your heart? What part of your life do you need to surrender to God?