The Message of the Sermon on the Mount

 

The Message of the Sermon on the Mount

 

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The law sends us to Christ to be justified, and Christ sends us back to the law to be sanctified.

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The sermon is ‘Mosissimus Moses’ (Luther’s expression); ‘It is Moses quadrupled, Moses multiplied to the highest degree’, because is is a law of inward righteousness which no child of Adam can possibly obey.

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I myself am quite happy to recite the General Confession in church and call myself a ‘miserable sinner’. It causes me no great problem. I can take it in my stride. But let somebody else come up to me after church and call me a miserable sinner, and I want to punch him on the nose! In other words, I am not prepared to allow other people to th... View Quote


With every beatitude the gulf is widened between the disciples and the people, and their call to come forth from the people becomes increasingly manifest

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Christian salt has no business to remain snugly in elegant ecclesiastical salt cellars; our place is to be rubbed into the secular community, as salt is rubbed into meat, to stop it going bad. And when society does go bad, we Christians tend to throw up our hands in pious horror and reproach the non-Christian world; but should we not rather repr... View Quote


Jesus, of course, did not say, “You are the honey of the world.” He said, “You are the salt of the earth.” Salt bites, and the unadulterated message of the judgement and grace of God has always been a biting thing.

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Far from contradicting the law, Jesus endorses it, insists on its authority and supplies its true interpretation.

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It is even more pernicious if I turn myself into a spectator of my own prayer performance… I can lay on a very nice show for myself even in the privacy of my own room.

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