Church of Christ
Locks Cross Roads
This is a series of sermons that Brother Joe Olson gave to us on Sunday mornings in 2009.  
Bible Study - Matthew 5

If Jesus is the final, once-for-all revelation of God, these important details, which form an integral part of the Sermon
on the Mount, lift it beyond the reach of those who would pick and choose from it those parts which please them or
which fit into their preconceived ideas.  Jesus' claims give Him the right to reveal what man could not discover by the
exercise of his reason or of his sense.

1. Jesus demonstrated an absolute authority greater than Moses (Matthew 5: 21, 22, 27, 28, 31, 32, 33, 34)
You have heard what the Jesus speaks with an authority that is inherent in His being and essential to His nature.
His was a standard greater than that of Moses (Matthew 5:48), because He went straight to the heart of the man,
converting that first, and did not judge merely outward acts.  Jesus exercised an authority greater than any   
2. Jesus demonstrated knowledge of things only God knew for certain.  Jesus explains what sort of life really leads
to true happiness.

3. After picturing the heart of man as He sees it, He boldly declares Himself to be the Judge of the world
(Matthew 7:21-23).  In the sermon, Jesus never refers to God as "our Father" but always refers to Him as "your
heavenly Father," with the single exception when He spoke of God as "my Father" (Matthew 7:21).  The cases of
"your Father" are Matthew 5:16, 45, 48; Matthew 6:1, 4, 6, 8, 14, 15, 18, 26, 32; and Matthew 7:11.  The only
"our Father" is the address to a prayer for use by Jesus disciples (Matthew 6:9).

4. Jesus puts persecution in His name on the same plane with that suffering of (Matthew 5:10-12) the prophets who
were persecuted for their devotion to God; Christians are to endure it because of their devotion to Jesus.  The
implication is clear: Jesus is identifying service to Him with service to God.
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