Devotional Thought for Today – 04/28/2022


CONTEXT: First the obvious, this is part of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount. It is the ninth (9th) section of the Sermon, the last of Chapter 5 and it deals with, Loving your enemies. Matthew Henry breaks it down as follows: This chapter, and the two that follow it, are a sermon; a famous sermon; the sermon upon the mount. It is the longest and fullest continued discourse of our Saviour that we have upon record in all the gospels. It is a practical discourse; there is not much of the credenda of Christianity in it—the things to be believed, but it is wholly taken up with the agenda—the things to be done; these Christ began with in his preaching; for if any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God. The circumstances of the sermon being accounted for (v. 1, 2), the sermon itself follows, the scope of which is, not to fill our heads with notions, but to guide and regulate our practice. I. He proposes blessedness as the end, and gives us the character of those who are entitled to blessedness (very different from the sentiments of a vain world), in eight beatitudes, which may justly be called paradoxes (v. 3-12). II. He prescribes duty as the way, and gives us standing rules of that duty. He directs his disciples, 1. To understand what they are—the salt of the earth, and the lights of the world (v. 13-16). 2. To understand what they have to do—they are to be governed by the moral law. Here is, (1.) A general ratification of the law, and a recommendation of it to us, as our rule (v. 17-20). (2.) A particular rectification of divers mistakes; or, rather, a reformation of divers wilful, gross corruptions, which the scribes and Pharisees had introduced in their exposition of the law; and an authentic explication of divers branches which most needed to be explained and vindicated (v. 20). Particularly, here is an explication, [1.] Of the sixth commandment, which forbids murder (v. 21-26). [2.] Of the seventh commandment, against adultery (v. 27-32). [3.] Of the third commandment (v. 33-37). [4.] Of the law of retaliation (v. 38-42). [5.] Of the law of brotherly love (v. 43-48). And the scope of the whole is, to show that the law is spiritual.

Our text today is the final verse in Jesus’ final discourse v.43-48, of Chapter 5. In the previous verses, Jesus expounded upon His coming to confirm the law (v.17-20), the sixth commandment. (v.21-26), the seventh commandment, (v.27-32) the third commandment, (v.33-37), and the law of revenge (v38-42). Here (v.43-47) He reminds us that humbleness and love trump all. Then in our text, He drops the command upon us, let me try and break it down:

 You therefore You, that is all true believers, (therefore) must, because of what I have said. I like how the JFB Commentary puts this: Be ye therefore—rather, “Ye shall therefore be,” or “Ye are therefore to be,” as My disciples and in My kingdom.

must be perfect, – Question, is Jesus truly calling believers to be perfect, sinless beings? Is that even possible? No, we understand man, has a sinful nature and until he obtains his glorified state he will always be a sinful creature saved by grace. Here Jesus is referring to the laboring for and the desire for perfection.

as your heavenly Father is perfect.There is only one standard for perfection and that is God. Note the use of “Your Father,” signifying this perfection is only obtainable to God’s chosen children. To the worldly person, this is foolishness, to the child of God something they strive for.

Are you working on being “perfect” today?

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