The Mountain of Covenant Blessing
Jesus applies the meaning of the law to His kingdom people. He tells us of the blessed life which puts God before all things.
Riches in Poverty
Sin is deceitful, offering us many ways to make us happy, but ultimately all but Christ's offer of blessed life leads to misery and death.
Blessed are Those Who Mourn
A truly repentant man will not only mourn for his own sin, but also the condition of the world around him.
Blessed are the Meek
The Meek are the strong in the Lord, broken by God to be harnessed for God's use. Meekness is the opposite of unbridled anger.
Blessed are Those Who Hunger and Thirst after Righteousness
Biblically, righteousness is conformity to God's norms.
Blessed are the Merciful
Mercy is based on our obligation to God and others; mercy is not humanistic in its orientation, it's not man-centred.
Blessed are the Peacemakers
The atonement of Christ has power to bring peace to every aspect of God's world.
Blessed are the Persecuted
The world seeks to hunt down those who stand up for righteousness and justice for the sake of Jesus.
Salt and Light
If Christians do not live out the Beatitudes, the world becomes putrid and infected. Christians are called to be antiseptic.