We continue our second week in a new series on the greatest sermon ever, Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Last week, in the Beatitudes, we discovered that those who are already following Jesus will demonstrate the character of Christ. The Beatitides are the heart-attitude of those belonging to the kingdom of heaven.
This week, Jesus begins to reveal the outworking of that heart-attitude in the everyday life of the Christian. He makes one of the most encouraging statements of the entire sermon in this Sunday’s passage. As with the Beatitudes, it is a statement of who God has made His people to be and describes how He will use them in the world in which they now live. Through them, God’s glory will be made known to the world. The Christian’s confidence rests not in him or herself, but in their Father in heaven. That is a great encouragement as we wade deeper into the ethics of this great sermon of Jesus.