John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me
will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and
make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my
teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who
Nowhere in the Holy Bible does the Lord Jesus say that
it's OK for you to break Moral Law.
Be just like Jesus - God the Father demands it.
(This video was
November 2nd, 2015)
Christ's Sermon on the Mount
Matthew 5:1 Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a
mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach
Matthew 5:3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they
will be filled.
Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for
theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 "Blessed are you when people insult you,
persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way
they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Salt and Light
Matthew 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its
saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything,
except to be thrown out and trampled by men.
14 "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on
its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let
your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your
Father in heaven.
The Fulfilment of the Law
Matthew 5:17 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets;
I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them. 18 I tell you the truth,
until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke
of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is
accomplished. 19 Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and
teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but
whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom
of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of
the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the
kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:21 "You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, `Do not
murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgement.' 22 But I tell you
that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgement. Again,
anyone who says to his brother, `Raca, ' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But
anyone who says, `You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.
23 "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember
that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front
of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer
25 "Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it
while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge,
and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into
prison. 26 I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the
Matthew 5:27 "You have heard that it was said, `Do not commit adultery.' 28 But
I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed
adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it
out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than
for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you
to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of
your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
Divorce, Marriage Sacred
Matthew 5:31 "It has been said, `Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a
certificate of divorce.' 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife,
except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and
anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.
Oaths, Speech Guarded
Matthew 5:33 "Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, `Do
not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.' 34 But I
tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne; 35 or
by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of
the Great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one
hair white or black. 37 Simply let your `Yes' be `Yes,' and your `No,' `No';
anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
Matthew 5:38 "You have heard that it was said, `Eye for eye, and tooth for
tooth.' 39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you
on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if someone wants to sue
you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.
Matthew 5:41 If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
Matthew 5:42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who
wants to borrow from you.
Universal Love, Love for Enemies
Matthew 5:43 "You have heard that it was said, `Love your neighbour and hate
your enemy.' 44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who
persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his
sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the
unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are
not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,
what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Matthew 6:1 "Be careful not to do your `acts of righteousness' before men, to be
seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
2 "So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the
hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by men. I
tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give
to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so
that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in
secret, will reward you.
Matthew 6:5 "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to
pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I
tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you
pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.
Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when
you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard
because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what
you need before you ask him.
9 "This, then, is how you should pray:
"`Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.'
14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will
also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will
not forgive your sins.
Matthew 6:16 "When you fast, do not look sombre as the hypocrites do, for they
disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they
have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head
and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to men that you are
fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what
is done in secret, will reward you.
Matthew 6:19 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and
rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for
yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where
thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your
heart will be also.
Matthew 6:22 "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole
body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be
full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that
Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love
the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot
serve both God and Money.
Matthew 6:25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will
eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important
than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the
air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly
Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by
worrying can add a single hour to his life?
28 "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow.
They do not labour or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his
splendour was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass
of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he
not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying,
`What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?' 32 For
the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you
Primacy of God's Kingdom
Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these
things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 7:1 "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you
judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be
measured to you.
3 "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no
attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, `Let
me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your
own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you
will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
Stewardship of Truth
Matthew 7:6 "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs.
If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to
Matthew 7:7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and
the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks
finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he
asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil,
know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in
heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Matthew 7:12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,
for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 7:13 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is
the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is
the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Fruit, Test of Life
Matthew 7:15 "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's
clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will
recognise them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognise them.
Obedience, the Rock Foundation
Matthew 7:21 "Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom
of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many
will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and
in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23 Then I will tell
them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice
is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the
streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not
fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these
words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who
built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds
blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash." 28 When Jesus
had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29
because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the
Jesus had many Followers
Matthew 8:1 When he came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him.