A Word From
The Pastor: Dr. Timothy Nelson
“And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain:
and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 2 And
he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying. Blessed…”
The Sermon on the Mount offers an example of Jesus’
teaching. This sermon opens with the Beatitudes - a
proclamation of the ethics of God’s kingdom—of how
things should be.
Each of the beatitudes has two parts—a pronouncement of
blessing and a reason for that blessing. Some of the
beatitudes are future tense “they shall be comforted . .
. they shall inherit the earth . . . they shall be
satisfied” and others are present tense. “Theirs is the
kingdom of God.”
Here, Jesus is saying something that is hinted at
throughout the Gospels: God’s kingdom is already here,
and it also hasn’t yet arrived. That’s why He can
proclaim the blessing here and now while also speaking
about the blessings of a future kingdom. The Lord has
present blessings and future blessings for those who
trust and follow Him.
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