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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Matthew 5:7

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"BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL"
I. FURTHER STAGE IN DESCRIPTION OF CHRISTIAN.
Prior straits needs.
Now look at disposition. Results from prior. Blessed are the merciful. Searching statement. This is what Christian should be - merciful "Search me oh God and know my thoughts, try me..." If we are anxious to be on with this and talk of communism position contrary to N.T. man.
A man who is truly a Christian never objects to being humbled. Christian emphasis is on being - not doing. Attitude more important than actions. More what we are than what we do. Later he talks of actions. You are a Christian first and actions are a result. Not meant to control our Christianity, it is meant to control us. Not a surface experience. Beatitudes tell us that as we are living our ordinary daily life, we are declaring what we are.
II. ARE WE MERCIFUL?
Not easy going, overlooking sin not natural God our example of mercy. Grace is associated to man in his sin - Mercy is associated to man in misery of sin. Sense of pity and desire to relieve from suffering. Pity and action.
Parable of Good Samaritan.
Joseph with brothers.
God sending His Son.
III. "FOR THEY SHALL OBTAIN MERCY."
A. Problem - legalism.
1. Forgive.
a. If we were judged on this basis, none would be saved.
b. Opposed to doctrine of grace.
B. Follow progression of beatitudes.
1. Christ on cross.
2. Stephen being stoned.
Sermon Notes for Matthew 5:6 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Matthew 5:7 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Malachi 1:2 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Mark 1:40 Next Book →
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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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