Beatitudes Series #1: Christians Described
Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, introduced by His Beatitudes, is found in Matthew 5-7. This sermon does not show us the way of salvation. Rather, it gives us a description of one who is already a Christian. The Beatitudes, in particular, describe for us that blessed life. In this mini-series on the Beatitudes we want to take you on a wonderful journey, describing what it means to be a Christian.
Jesus, in John 14:6, presents Himself as the way, the truth and the life and He adds, “No man cometh to the Father, but by Me.”
Christ, the Way
The way of salvation is through faith in Christ’s shed blood. “Christ died for our sins: and we are “justified by His shed blood” alone. Romans 5:8-9. Peter preached in Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” You see, we are all sinners, deserving of death and hell. But God in His love has provided His Son, Jesus, to bear the penalty for our sins in His body on the cross. Peter writes, “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness, by whose stripes ye were healed.” I Peter 2:24
“All roads lead to Heaven” is a popular lie of Satan.
Don’t believe it! Being baptized, being confirmed, joining a church, taking communion, doing good works to try to please God; none of these good works save us. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost; which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.” Titus 3:5-6 “For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10
Christ, the Truth
Christ is The Truth, revealing God’s standards of righteousness throughout His Word. Especially in His Sermon on the Mount, introduced by His Beatitudes, we learn the truth of what it means to be a Christian. As we continue our study of the Beatitudes, we will better understand this truth.
Christ, the Life
But not only is Christ the Way and the Truth; He is also The Life. As we observe His life in the Gospels, we are impressed with His pure, holy, sinless, perfectly righteous life. Even the Romans Centurion who executed Jesus on the cross, carefully observed Jesus as He died and exclaimed, “Truly this was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:54 And best of all, this beautiful, perfect life of Jesus can be lived out in us through Christ’s indwelling Holy Spirit as we live surrendered to Him. Paul teaches this wonderful truth of Christ living in us. In Galatians 2:20 he testifies, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
The Crucified Life
“I am crucified with Christ.” Isn’t that an intriguing statement? When did that happen? Paul explains it in Romans 6-8. There you will learn the wonderful truth of Identification with Christ. There we learn that when we were born again, we were BORN CRUCIFIED.
L.E. Maxwell, founder of Prairie Bible Institute in Alberta Canada taught me this truth when I was a sophomore in PrairieHigh School. He wrote a book on the subject over fifty years ago. Born crucified is the truth that when you were born again, you were identified with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. Christian friend, when you understand this truth, the struggle is over. The stress is gone. No more do you struggle to try to crucify your flesh with its sinful desires.
I’m not saying that you will never have problems with your sinful flesh as a Christian. The Apostle Paul did. He describes it in Romans 7. As you read Romans 6-8 you will learn how daily victory over sin is possible.
Rather than a life of struggle, the Christian life can be a life of rest.
Hebrews chapters 3 and 4 deal with this topic of the life of rest that we can enjoy as Christians. For further explanation of what it means to allow Christ to live through you, go to my comments on the topic of VICTORY. I’m looking forward to sharing with you the blessed life described in the Beatitudes.
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