David Hall
David Hall
Jesus displays the highest respect possible for the Old Testament Law and canon in these verses. We are not in line with his will if we disregard these and replace them with human standards. Rather, we are to have God's standard kept in high regard and let him fulfill his high standards of...Continue reading.
David Hall
The first verses in this chapter examined the Christian's character as described by the Beatitudes. Following that, we saw what the influence of Christian would be. In these present verses, we proceed to a different subject-the Christian and the Law. Jesus wanted to make it clear that he loved...Continue reading.
David Hall
If you remember Matthew 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth" then you'll recognize the parallel with this second metaphor. First there is the emphatic affirmation. You (plural, 'y'all disciples') yourselves are the light of the world. Christ does not say you may be or...Continue reading.
David Hall
One of the things that is clear from the Beatitudes is that they cannot be practiced in total isolation. Evidently, the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount were not designed primarily for monastic living. You cannot be meek or merciful alone. It is impossible to follow those norms of the Kingdom...Continue reading.
David Hall
The Beatitudes provide moral virtues for believers. But to avoid moralism, we should also note how each of these was perfectly incarnate in Christ; they each point us to our Savior.Continue reading.
David Hall
God's benediction rests on you (you'll have true happiness) if you are pure in heart. This blessing is not bestowed upon the intellectually keen or emotionally pious, but on those pure or clean in heart. Like poor "in spirit" pure is modified in this blessing by "in heart...Continue reading.
David Hall
One of the keys to the spreading of the gospel is to have believers who make a difference in life-and who live differently. There must be some moral distinctiveness if we are to impact the world around us. Any church with an extraordinary constituency will make a difference. Continue reading.
David Hall
The opening theme of the Sermon on the Mount is that those who mourn over their own impoverished ability are in Jesus' kingdom. The Pharisees do not fit. This was radical-it was like telling all those who thought they were "in" with God that they really were not. And then Jesus...Continue reading.
David Hall
This first sermon in the first Gospel deserves the attention of all readers. In sum, the Sermon on the Mount is the constitution of the Christian's life, desire, and character...Continue reading.

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