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Jesus Prescribes The Way To Heaven

Matthew Chapters 5-7.
Those who are truly contrite and broken hearted and can keep it on till the end, are already in heaven.
Those that mourn in relation to the state of things regarding God’s work, shall receive comfort. For the
Lord has already overcome.

Those who humble themselves before the Lord at all times and are patient in all things, shall be
rewarded immensely. Those that are always following the path of righteousness, shall be honored for
their effort. Those who love others as they love themselves, shall be loved by God.

Those who love God and trust Him with all their heart shall see Him. Those who suffer for the position
they have taken in live as believers, should be rest assured that their joy shall be many. Know that you
are already in heaven, when people speak evil of you because of your faith in God.

Jesus’ Teaching on the Mosaic Law
Matthew 5:17-48.
Here Jesus says that He has not come to destroy the Law, or the guidelines given by the prophets, but
that his role was to fulfill the requirements of the Law. In other words to explain the Law as God
intended it to be. To show how important the Law should be to everyone of us, Jesus states that till
heaven and earth pass away, not one iota or requirement of the law shall be regarded obsolete.  
Another way of explaining what Jesus said, is to say it the way Paul explained it. That if you chose to
live by the Law alone independent of the blood of Jesus, then you must obey and attain to the demands
of the law to the letter. In other words, you must leave no stones unturned in keeping to the letters of
the Law. However, that it is certain that you will fail, because the Law exposes our inability to please or
attain God’s righteousness without a redeemer. The Christian accepts the sacrificial death of Jesus
Christ on the cross, and is covered with His righteousness, but he is not excused from keeping the Law
of God. The Christian, therefore, by the grace of God which was obtained through the death and
resurrection of Jesus Christ can now approach the throne of God Almighty with boldness, having been
washed in the blood of the lamb provided by God Himself (Heb. 4:16).

The Christian having attained righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, has never been excused from
keeping the moral law of God, the Ten Commandments. The Christian must obey the law, not to merit
salvation by it, but as a token of life transformed (changed person) by the grace of God. In other words,
the Christian, like Jesus, is not to be lawless. The law of God which is now placed in his heart through
the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ must therefore, be observed by all until all its purpose is achieved.

The Moral Law Purposes
Rom. 3:19,20; 21-31.
In Paul’s words, God’s moral law purposes to (1) demonstrate God’s own moral perfection; (2) show
man his guilt and take away all of his excuses; (3) provide a standard for the governing of human
society; and (4) provide a guide for believers as to how their conduct will please and glorify God (Rom.3:
19,20; Rom. 21,22-31).  Righteousness, as it pertains to man, refers to keeping God’s will, law, and moral
standards perfectly. This no one has ever done except Christ, therefore, no man has ever been truly
righteous (3:10,23). God imputes the perfect righteousness to all those who trust his Son by good works
of faith for eternal life.  And the Holy Spirit empowers the believer so that he can live in accord with the
will of God. Men become righteous by faith, which is the means, whereas justification is the act of God
that makes men righteous.  

Righteousness is the result of the justification that comes from believing faith in Jesus Christ.
Righteousness is also used as a term to stress one of God’s attributes and carries with it the assurance
about what God is, and that He will do what He has promised. It expresses God’s own moral purity,
contrasted with man’s inherent sinfulness. Moreover, God’s righteousness expresses itself in divine
wrath or holy displeasure against all iniquity or unrighteousness. Sin, therefore, is the lack of conformity
to the will of God, a violation of the moral law as written in the hearts of men and revealed in the Word of
God. The Hebrew term for sin means “to deviate from the way”; the Greek term indicates “a missing of
the mark,” or “a going aside from.” Sin could not exist unless there were a norm or standard against
which the acts of men could be measured or judged.

Sin exists both in overt acts and in the attitude of the heart.  The overt act indicates the presence of
heart sinfulness. Guilt, then, normally supposes the intention is present to do evil. Men often are unable
to read the intentions of each other’s hearts, but God  knows the hearts of men infallibly (I Chron. 28:9;
Heb. 4:13). Moreover, all men, irrespective of race, color, or creed, are sinners. No one can escape sin’s
guilt, but only through Jesus Christ. Jews and Gentiles alike are guilty (1:18; 3:23). Sin is universal (Isa.

Jesus Prescribes Punishments and Rewards
Matthew 5:19.
Jesus teaches that the Christian who would for any reason deviate from the rightful use or the
interpretation of the Law, and would teach others to believe a lie pertaining to the full intent of God in
giving the law, shall be without honor in the Kingdom of God. In other words, as Paul puts it, this person
shall suffer loss, but his/her salvation shall depend on his/her motives. If this person was sincere, but
wrong, he/she shall be saved; yet so as by fire (1Cor. 3:15).

But for everyone that shall do and teach others the law as God intended it to be taught, this person shall
not only be called great in the kingdom of heaven, but shall receive a reward.

Righteousness is Demanded of the Christian
Matt. 21, 22 – 24
The Christian now learns that although he is saved by grace, Christ never abrogated the law of murder.
Jesus demands that the believer’s righteousness must exceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees. Both
religious sects, teach that you could hate your enemy in your heart, for there was no sin until you have
physically killed him. But Jesus teaches that “heart murder” precedes the actual act. The Christian,
therefore, should know that the heart murderer is already guilty before God even if the fear of
retribution restrains him or her from committing the overt act. Because evil in the heart is the root of all
outward acts of sin, God condemns both the attitude and action.

The Christian and Anger
The Christian is not forbidden from being angry with his brother for a right cause.  God is said to be
capable of anger. But anger against your brother, if prolonged, would become sin on your part. The fact
is that until you have forgiven your brother of wrongs done to you, your father in heaven would not
even accept your offerings, for example your prayers. You must first get rid of your anger against your
brother, before placing your offerings before God. “Forgive us as we forgive those who trespass against
us”  You might want to ask, “who is my brother?”  

Your brothers and sisters are those in the faith. Your neighbors do not have to be Christians for you to
be kind to them. Remember, you are also required to be kind to your enemies, and to those who hate
you and despitefully use you.  This could be one of the reasons why Jesus described the way to heaven
as narrow and straight. You are never to hate anyone for any reason, but their sins. (Matt. 7:13-14).

Jesus Defines Adultery
According to Jesus, adultery is committed in two ways, “heart adultery” and “physical adultery.”  
Adultery is committed when a man looks on a woman with the intent to commit adultery. The Scribes
and Pharisees in Jesus day, said that only the overt act was adultery; a heart filled with adulterous
thoughts was still innocent. Jesus explanation on the subject did not change or expand the law of God.
He only stated what lay at the heart of the moral law relative to adultery even in the Old Testament and
thereby condemned those whose interpretation opened the door to heart adultery.

The Taking of Oaths
Jesus teaches that at all cost, let your yes be yes, and your no be no.  In other words, the Christian
should speak the truth at all times. If you do so at all times, there will be no need to swear, because after
a while people would begin to  recognized that you are always truthful.

The Law of Retaliation
Jesus teaches that although you may have been taught to retaliate to the equal measure of what evil
that was done to you; the Christian, He says should never fight back for the wrong that was done to you.
He further prescribes what your reaction should be, instructing that you take as much punishment as
possible from those who have taken it upon themselves to do you wrong. Taking vengeance is God’s
business not yours (Deut. 32: 35; Heb. 10:30).

The Law of Love
Jesus teaches that as a Christian you should not only love your enemies, but you must bless them too
in your prayers.  You should be kind to your enemies and those who hate you, especially those who
actually oppress and despitefully use you in every way. This is another way to show the world that you
are a child of God.  You should do as God does, because He lets the sun rise and the rain fall on both the
righteous and the unrighteous. The Christian must learn to love not only their fellow Christians and
family members, because in such there is no test of faith in loving and being kind to those who
obviously love and would love you back. The Christian would show more faith as a child of God when
you would love those who cannot love you back.  The Christian must strife to be perfect in his/her
dealings with everyone, just as God is in His dealings with everything that He made (Matt. 5:44-48).

Jesus Condemns Heart Sin
If racism and prejudice are products of the heart sin directed on people for whatever reason, how did
God respond to such bigotry and hatred in the Bible? Jesus describes hatred as heart murder. We find
that God sees bigotry and or racism as leprosy. In other words, if you hate and mistreat others based on
their race, or on the color of their skin, God will certainly have you removed and placed outside the
gates of his people, because you have leprosy.  It is certain that  you cannot be a  friend of Jesus if you
are a racist and hate people because they are of another race or have different skin color.

In the Old Testament, we read that from Kibroth-hattaavah Israel journeyed to Hazeroth. Here Miriam
and apparently at her instigation—Aaron also “spake against Moses,” as it is added, “because of the
Ethiopian woman he had married,” referring most likely to second marriage which Moses had
contracted after the death of Zipporah. For the first time we here encounter that pride of Israelite after
the flesh and contempt for people of another race, which are claimed by many to have appeared
throughout their after history, and in proportion as they have misunderstood the spiritual meaning of
their calling. Thus, Miriam and Aaron now actually boasted in that prophetic gift, which should have only
wrought in them a sense of deep humility.   But Moses was not like any ordinary prophet, although in his
extreme meekness he would not vindicate his own position. And the Lord now vindicated His servant
both by public declaration, and by punishing Miriam with leprosy. The isolation of Miriam from the camp
of Israel would teach all, how one who had boasted in privileges greater than those of others might be
deprived even of the ordinary fellowship of God's people camp (Num 12:1-16).

How do we know that Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses for the Ethiopian woman on basis of her
race and not her faith in God?  We know that the former was the case, because Jews even today always
put their race ahead of anyone's faith in God. But then they forgot that Moses could not have married the
Ethiopian woman if God had not approved of their relationship [Ex. 12:48-50]
. Therefore, whatever God
has ordained or has met his acceptance, let no one put asunder. Separation therefore, must never be
based on race, or the color of the skin, because God made all humans by one blood of all nations.
Everything that has breath is called upon to give praise to the Lord; for there is no condemnation to
them in Christ Jesus  (Ps. 150; Rom. 8:1).

In Acts 17:24-28, we read: "God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of
heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands,
as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
And hath made of
one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and
the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he
be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets
have said, For we are also his offspring.
" In other words by one blood God made all nations, not races to
dwell on earth [Gen. 10]. Unfortunately, Genesis 9:25 has been wrongly used to support racial prejudice
and even slavery. Noah's curse, however, was not directed toward any particular race because God
created nations not races. The curse was rather at the Canaanite nation--a nation God knew would
become wicked.  How wicked were the Canaanites? The book of Leviticus chapter 18:1-30 describes the
wickedness of the nation of Canaan why God allowed the Israelites to enter the Land of Promise and
drove the Canaanites out.

Almsgiving and Gift to the Poor
Jesus teaches the three great duties of the Christian: almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. He warns the
Christian to be very discrete when it comes to almsgiving with his/her substance. It should be done
from the inward person, which seeks the approval of God and not the applause of people around.

Offering Prayer to God
Jesus teaches that the Christian should avoid vain repetitions in his/her prayers as unbelievers do in
their idol worship practices. In other words, vain repetitions in prayers should identify for us a pagan
religion. For the fact that unbelievers get no response from their gods made of wood and clay, they
think that by prolonged and persistent babbling, they could make their idols do anything for them. In
contrast, the Christian is assured of a reply because God answers even before he/she knelt down to
pray. The Christian should praise God for answered prayers at all times. Including in your prayer the fact
that God would do what he has promised, that is to redeem His people. Placing your livelihood and daily
supplies of things you need in His hands. Christians must learn to forgive those who wrong them, if  
forgiveness is expected from God for what they have done wrong before God and to others. You
should  pray for God’s continuous protection, lest you walk away from His presence, and fall into the
hands of evil men. Of course, our refusal to forgive others in itself is a sin, and when we do not forgive
others, we have not repented of our own sin, and hence cannot find forgiveness for that of which we
have not repented.

Jesus teaches that when you decide to fast for a purpose, you must keep it as private as possible.  
People should not know that you are fasting, as hypocrites would do, by their appearance to show the
world how religious and holy they are. The Christian while fasting, should communicate his feelings and
desires to God, and to God only.

Worldliness and Wealth
In the world a man’s worth is linked to how much wealth he has massed up for himself. But Jesus
teaches otherwise. He teaches that one should put more spiritual wealth in his storage, than in the
worldly system. If you focus on storing up spiritual wealth, then you would have nothing to worry about
especially when your life ends on earth.  But if you massed up worldly wealth, without making certain of
your spiritual wealth, as the light of the body is the eye, it is obvious that the whole mind and soul would
be focused on the worldly wealth you have stored for yourself. If that is all your eye can see, then there
also will the focus of your heart be. In other words, if it is only the wealth you massed up for yourself in
this world is all you have to present at the seat of judgment before God at your death, then you will be
doomed for ever. Mammon, i.e, wealth, property, or money. Being wealthy is neither bad nor good.;
how one uses his wealth is what makes the difference. Under the Lordship of Christ, it is good; not
under the Lordship of Christ, it becomes an impediment, a handicap to one’s Christian life. You cannot
love God and money at the same time. The tendency is that you would love and serve one more than
the other. The Christian may use money as the Lord provides, not love or serve it. The Christian must
learn to know where to draw the line when ever money is the issue at hand.

Faith Versus Anxiety
It is evident that anxiety is one of the worst maladies Christians experience, but beware for Jesus
teaches that the Christian should take no thought about his/her life’s outcome, because God has a
perfect plan for your life, your daily needs for food and clothings (v. 25). If God for centuries have fed
the birds who do no work nor do any farming, how much more can He do to feed you whom He made in
His image, and has sent His son to die for?  The unbelievers worry and strive for these things, Jesus
says. The Christian should first seek the presence of God to obtain His favor, then will the Christian be
well prepared to handle all those things his/her heart desires. These things shall certainly flow from God
and shall follow you and not you after these things (Ps. 23:6). Christians, therefore, have no reason what
so ever to worry about what the future holds, because the future is in the hands of God who has
promised through His son to care for you. Your duty is to first seek Him and his righteousness (Matt. 6:
33; John 15:3-7).

Judging Others - Jesus Gives Directives
“Judge not, that you be not judged.” I have always heard people come up with this statement by Jesus,
whenever you pointed out some things they are doing that violates the principles of the Kingdom of
God.   The Christian should understand that this command against judging does not mean we should
never judge, or rather point out the wrongs as we see them around us. Rather, Jesus' statement "judge
not" is against the kind of hypocritical, judgmental attitude that tears others down in other to build
oneself. The Christian haven been born again, should understand that this command does mean that we
should (1) first judge ourselves by examining our own motives and conduct; (2) never judge rashly; (3)
not to make our decisions binding on all; (4) never infer the worst (as we are apt to do); (5) never judge
a person on the basis of a single act; (6) never judge the hearts of others, for only God knows the heart.  
Receiving anything from God require that you expect to receive what you asked for. The Christian asks
through prayer, which must be followed by the laws or principles that undergird it: (1) a right
relationship to God through Jesus Christ. God promises to answer the Christian’s prayer. He does not
promise to answer the prayers of unbelievers, although he may do so by common grace; (2) a genuine
desire to secure from God the petition addressed to Him (1 Sam. 1:10, 11; 2 Kings 19:14-19; Luke 11:5-
10); (3) a confidence in God that leads to asking in simple trust (7:7-11; James 4:2) (4) a faith that
believes that God is able and willing to answer (Heb. 11: 1; 1 John 5:14; 15); and (5) the confident
acceptance of the answer before it has come (Mark 11:24).

The Narrow Versus the Broad Way
The Christian should understand that Christianity is a life style, and this life style is somewhat a strict
one. The way is straight and ahead, there are no shortcuts to the gate that leads to the throne of God.
However, there are ways that lead away from the throne of God, unfortunately, a lot of people seem to
be going that way because they lack any rules and are fast lanes (Luke 24:11). The Christian is to stay
on the straight route, because that is the way that leads to the throne of God.

The Law and the Prophets
Jesus points out that the Law itself hangs on these: whatsoever you would that people do to you, do the
same to others. This is the Golden Rule.  The Christian ought to live by it.  There is a four-way test by
which the Christian can make decisions as to what he or she should do and how to think. The Christian
must ask, (1) is it the truth?; (2) Is it righteously fair to all concerned?; (3) Will it build good will and
righteousness?; and (4) Will it be righteously beneficial to all concerned? This is the law as was thought
by the prophets, i.e., Jesus says,  “this is the teaching of the law of Moses in a nutshell.

The False Prophets
There are numerous warnings in the Scriptures against false prophets or parrots. They are called
treacherous, covetous, crafty, drunken, immoral, and profane. These liars who pretend to be what they
are not should be shunned. You would know them by their fruits, because no bad fruit can bring forth
good. So it is with a false prophet. Certainly, a good prophet shall bring forth good fruit, Jesus says.
Unfortunately, every false prophet and or minister of the Gospel who brings forth bad fruit shall
certainly be thrown out of the camp of the children of God. Cut down and thrown into fire.

Two Types of Christians
Jesus in this passage describes two types of Christians, one is the one who calls himself of herself a
Christian but does not do the will of God, and the other is the one who believes and does the will of God.
Jesus now concludes that obviously, not everyone that calls himself or herself a Christian will receive
the crown of victory. Jesus continues to say that on the last day, many or the so called preachers and
ministers of the gospel will try to talk Him into recalling knowing them as preachers and ministers of His
gospel, who did great things in His name, including charity work, miracles, etc., but that in His answer
he would be very loud and clear, “I never knew you, get away from me you false and dubious servants.”

Jesus warns the Christian to make sure he or she is doing the word of God. To search the spirit of the
prophet and or the Scriptures always. The Christian is like a builder and might be led to build upon any
of these foundations: gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble. However, every Christian’s work
shall be made known on the day of the Lord. Every Christian’s work shall be tested by fire of what sort it
is. If any Christian’s work which he or she has built, survives the fire storm that shall test every work,
the Christian shall receive the victory crown. But if the Christian’s work should get burned or destroyed
by the fire storm because the Christian had built his or her house (works, deeds) with cheap materials
and upon a heap of sand, he or she shall suffer a big loss.

The people were astonished at his doctrine, because he spoke as the Lord, and not as the scribes. The
title Lord is applied to Jesus Christ nearly seven hundred times in the New Testament. When related to
the words Jesus and Christ, these three terms tell us the following: As Jesus, he is the Savior, as Christ,
he is the anointed one of God; as Lord; he is the master of our lives. The word kyrios was used as the
equivalent of Yahweh in the ancient Greek translation of the Old Testament. If is so used in reply to: the
New Testament, too. Thus, Jesus Christ is identified with Yahweh in the use of kryios (“Lord”). Jesus
the Christ is God (Matt. 21: 21; John 14:7-11).
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