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The Beatitudes Bible Study: Matthew 5:11-12 The Reviled

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Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.   Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad:  for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Matthew 5: 11-12 In history Jesus has received mixed reviews. Ideas about him are called Christology and no summary of them is needed here.  Many of those ideas are simply folk lore with no factual basis.  One thing we do know for sure about Jesus:  He said you will have trouble because of him.  How can that happen to you?  What association will you have with Jesus that can cause you problems? What will you two be doing? The ninth beatitudes records that you will be "reviled".  You are going to be reviled?  You?  Yes, you are g...

The Beatitudes Bible Study: Matthew 5:10 The Persecuted

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[ad] Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10 Along with the good news comes some bad news. There had to be a catch somewhere, didn't there?  Well, here it is in both the eighth and ninth beatitudes.   Blessings and rewards are still there, but persecutions are added.   Persecutions?  Who wants them? In the fourth beatitude, Jesus asked you to hunger and thirst after righteousness.   Now he says you could be persecuted if you are righteous.  But he says, don't worry about it.  You will be blessed with the benefits of the Kingdom of Heaven. Let's discuss persecution and also the Kingdom of Heaven.  The standard definition of persecuted means to be harassed.  Types and degrees of harassment can vary.   The fact is that s...

The Beatitudes Bible Study: Matthew 5:9 The Peacemakers

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[ad] Blessed are the peacemakers:  for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9 This sounds simple enough.  Peacemakers are called God's children. By whom?  When?  Why?  Where?  Will this buy bread? Most people think peace is a good idea, as long as they get their own way.   When they don't get their way, there is hell to pay.  Even the Soviets talked peace - "mir" - while they were the world's leading terrorists, planning world conquest. Peace, according to Jesus, starts within personal attitudes and behavior.   In the "Sermon," Jesus detailed this project.  We are told not to return evil with evil.  We are to turn the other cheek, do what is asked of us, and forgive affronts.  We are to love unconditionally, always treating others as we would want to be treated if our roles...