By Greg Robbins
( e-mail: gregrobbins@yahoo>com )
The Sermon On The Mount is found in Matthews Gospel chapters five, six, and seven. This is the greatest collection of teaching by Jesus anywhere in one place. This sermon was given on a mountain top by Jesus to his disciples. Jesus went to the mountain top to separate himself from the multitude of followers, and to be alone with his disciples. So this sermon is not meant for the multitude of followers, it is meant only to the disciples of Jesus.
Anyone who is not a disciple of Jesus will not receive or practise what is taught therein. What is the danger of not being a disciple of Jesus and not obeying the Sermon On The Mount?
Matthew 7:21 “Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
Matthew 7:26-27 “And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
Notice that Jesus said, “THESE SAYINGS OF MINE.” He is talking about what he just said in the Sermon On The Mount. You have Jesus’ word, his promise on it. So many today believe in dispensationalism and say that what Jesus said is not for us today. Where did they get that idea? Show me chapter and verse. They certainly didn’t hear it from Jesus.
Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
Malachi 3:6 “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed.”
Jesus never changes. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Read carefully the Book of Revelation looking at all of the words of Jesus written there. This book was written 29 years after the death of the Apostle Paul, and therefore trumps all of his epistles. Jesus is still saying the very same things that he has always said. He still tells us that EVERY MAN shall be judged according to his works, and that it is necessary to obey God’s commandments in order to have the right to enter heaven, and to eat of the tree of life. There is not one hint or change in the teaching of Jesus from any of Paul’s revelation. It is as if they never existed.
Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER I HAVE COMMANDED YOU: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
The last command of Jesus to his disciples, which we call the great commission, is to teach the new believers to OBEY ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER I HAVE COMMANDED YOU. Therefore, to obey Jesus and to be his disciple, we must teach our hearers to obey everything that Jesus said and taught. So where did dispensationalism come from? It came through the imagination of men through the assistance of the devil. It contradicts completely the great commission that Jesus gave to the apostles, and thus to us. Dispensationalism makes null and void every command of King Jesus. Only the devil would want to do that.
The Sermon On The Mount is Jesus the King teaching his disciples the laws of the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus the King came to show us his kingdom and to teach us the laws that govern that kingdom. Every single word of Jesus Christ is the law of the kingdom of God. The Sermon On The Mount is the masterpiece of all sermons.
So the Sermon On The Mount shows the nature of God’s true children, who are the loyal, law abiding subjects of his kingdom. Human nature can clearly be seen here too. Take everything that Jesus said and say the exact opposite, and you will clearly see human nature.
The Sermon On The Mount is the revelation of the nature of born again people. By not believing and obeying what this sermon teaches, we have created an entire generation of Christians who do not have God’s nature in them. Instead we have lukewarm people. Half God and half the world. Jesus promised to vomit them from his mouth. ( Revelation 3:14-22 ). Halflings do not have the nature of God in them. God is not a halfling.
We are the generation that is the church of Laodicea. We would be wise to do as Jesus said, “I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich: and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness does not appear; and eyesalve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”