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…” Matthew 5:1-3


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.


Adapted from: https://www.intouch.org/read/magazine/features/a-different-view-of-the-beatitudes
 


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