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In the previous verses Jesus had explained His own attitude to the law of God. We must bear this attitude in mind as we now listen to his interpretation of various commandments. The proper interpretation of the law is essential to a person’s righteousness. Jesus has condemned the righteousness of the Pharisees. What then is […]

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What is the proper interpretation of the seventh commandment? What docs it forbid and what does it allow? Is a different interpretation of this commandment necessary for different times? These questions are important in every age and especially in our own. We will do well to study Jesus’ interpretation of this commandment. He introduces his discussion […]

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Third Lesson (Matthew 5:6–9): The Beatitudes Continued

“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled”. Although the unbelieving world believes that the people of God are quite colorless, Jesus reveals that they are capable of strong feelings. Hunger and thirst are strong sensations. Contrary to common belief, Christians do not hunger and thirst after the love […]

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Second Lesson (Matthew 5:3–5): The First Three Beatitudes

How beautifully Jesus introduces the Sermon on the Mount! The words used are as well-known as any other part of Scripture. Don’t let your familiarity with these words close your eyes to their simple beauty. Jesus grips his audience immediately. What a Preacher! In the beatitudes our Lord is not merely using catchy phrases to gain […]

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Everybody loves the Sermon on the Mount. The unbeliever often quotes it with approval and the believer, naturally, accepts it as the Word of God. The Modernist views Christianity as consisting of the teachings of Jesus. Other teachers have founded religions and have contributed much to tho cultural and moral well·being of those who followed them. […]

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The Importance of Pentecost

If Pentecost did not fall on Sunday, the service to commemorate the Spirit’s coming would likely be poorly attended. When the Son comes into the world the church rejoices because it realizes that its redemption must come from him. However, when the Spirit is poured out the church scarcely realizes the importance of the occasion. Even the […]

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The Importance of Ascension Day

Ascension Day is almost unknown in the religious world of our day. Strange! The world celebrates Christmas and Easter with us and even Good Friday, to some extent; but, even the religious element of society has no idea what Ascension Day is all about. Even in Reformed circles it is by no means a popular […]

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