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Foundations For Our Future #36

Foundations for Our Future (36)

by: The Rev. Dr. Jon Shuler

We have journeyed from Matthew 5:1 to Matthew 5:20 over the last three weeks, and it would be good to reflect on those verses before we move forward. These teachings of the Lord Jesus must never be taken for granted by a believer, lest we discover we have not been building well. Our Lord has made very clear that we can build carelessly, and discover later that we have been building in vain. We do not want that, nor does he.

We have seen that the description of a follower, a true Christian, is given to us in the beatitudes (Matthew 5:2-10). Then we were shown the possibility of suffering, in this life, because we follow Jesus (Matthew 5:11-12). Next the call was given to us to be in the world as salt and light, with the outcome of our deeds to be that glory is given to God our Father. And finally, we saw that the life we are to live does not overturn the Law and the Prophets, but rather calls us to do and teach them (Matthew 5:17-20). We are called to be righteous people, holy people.

The Lord Jesus will now begin to give some concrete examples of what that life is to look like. He will teach us about anger, lust, divorce, swearing oaths, retaliation, and love of enemies. It will be exhilarating and challenging. It will require of us that we be building well.

Today read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest.