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Three Virtues

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May 23, 2021 8:00 am

Three Virtues

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May 23, 2021 8:00 am

There’s a purpose behind the order in which Jesus presented the beatitudes, and as He begins the fifth of these 8 proclamations, His emphasis turns from doctrine to character. Join Dr. James Boice as he takes a deeper look into Jesus’ thoughts on the relation of doctrine to devotion, and the evidence of a changed life.

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He's doctrine important should it affect the way we live our lives.

Jesus certainly thought so and as he continues his discourse on the Beatitudes. Our Lord presents his listeners with three important ways in which doctrine should influence their actions are welcome to the Bible study our radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Boyce preparing you to think and act biblically. Jesus reaches a turning point in the sermon on the Mount as he explains what it means to have mercy obtain purity and practice peacemaking in the life of a person changed by the Spirit of God. Listen as Dr. Boyce takes a closer look at these three elements of Christ's Beatitudes, and the divine qualities of the transformed life. I want to begin our study today by asking you a question is what you believe affect how you live.

That's an important question.

So let me repeat it does what you believe affect how you live. I suppose the answer is no. In many cases where the facts believed are more or less irrelevant to life. But the answer is never no or perhaps I should say should never be no spiritually, recently I was speaking with one of my friends about the relationship of Christian teaching to Christian conduct. He wanted to write an article about how doctrine and devotion are related and I agreed with the idea wholeheartedly when it comes to Christian teaching what you believe does affect how you live and if it doesn't, something is terribly wrong. Spiritually, the book of Romans. For instance, most New Testament scholars would agree that it's the most explicitly doctrinal book in the Bible because it seeks to set forth the meaning of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In terms of man's enslavement to sin and then God's total emancipation of them, through Christ, but notice the purpose of the statement of doctrine is not to admire the doctrine itself, but rather to live a holy life through the power of the living and raining. Christ, as Paul writes, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, the G present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable in the God which is your reasonable service. Be not conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God the same way the great passage in Philippians 25 through 11 regarding the doctrine of Christ is given so that we might show forth the mind of Christ in our conduct. The great chapter on resurrection. First Corinthians concludes. Therefore, my beloved brother and be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. For as much is you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. There are many other parallel passages. According to the word of God.

Christian doctrine must always express itself in a new outlook on life and changed conduct what you believe must always affect how you live out the same in the sermon on the Mount, and even in the general way in the Beatitudes. We've already noticed in our study of the first four Beatitudes that the order in which they occur is intentional. One respect all of the Beatitudes, describe the character of the Christian man, the man who possesses this divine divinely given character and only he is instructed to live as the rest of the sermon indicates Messe an application follows verse 12. In another respect. However, even the Beatitudes contain this development forfeits true as I've already indicated that the first three Beatitudes show how a man must stand in his relationship to God.

Blessed are the poor in spirit means that we must be spiritually bankrupt.

Blessed are they that mourn means that we must be sorry for sin. Blessed are the meek, shows that we must be humble. If it's true that these Beatitudes show how a man must stand in his relationship to God and if it's true that the fourth beatitude. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness contains the promise of God's provision of righteousness for the man who comes to God then it's logical to expect that the remaining Beatitudes will reveal the transformed character of the one who is now been touched by Christ spirit and is being progressively remade in Christ image. This is exactly what we do find with the fifth the sixth and seventh Beatitudes, a turning point is reached in the character of the Christian man, particularly in regard to others is set forward. Jesus said blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God, according to Jesus, the man who has tasted God's righteousness is now to show mercy to others is to be pure in heart, he's to be a peacemaker. I think that the points to be made about each of these qualities are so similar in their general outlines that we can really treat all three in one message the salient points are these 103 qualities are essentially divine qualities to we can understand them only because we have first experience them through Christ and three because we have experienced them through Christ we are in this account to exhibit them to others. Conclusion of this is that we shall be able to do it only as our lives are yielded to him first of these three practical Beatitudes then deals with mercy, we asked the question what is mercy when Shakespeare defined mercy and his well-known speech by Porsche and the merchant of Venice seek covered some of its qualities. The quality of mercy is not strained drop both as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath it is twice blessed it blesses him that gives and him that takes his mightiest and the mightiest becomes the throated monarch better than his crown qualities of mercy. According to the speech or the impartiality, gentleness abundance, but this is not the full definition is only the Bible that gives the word mercy it's true scope and its spiritual significance. In some ways, mercy may be compared with grace. That is, it's undeserved but it's not grace itself in the pastoral letters.

Paul even ends mercy to his normal Christian greetings grace and peace imply a distinction between them to Timothy and Titus.

He writes grace, mercy and peace from God our father and Jesus Christ our Lord will then what makes mercy different from grace.

Primarily it's the quality of helplessness or misery on the part of those who receive mercy, grace is love. When love is undeserved mercy is grace in action. Mercy is love reaching out to help those who are helpless and who need salvation, mercy identifies with the miserable in their misery that we can't even state the definition of mercy as we done here without thinking at once of the cross of Jesus Christ for it's here that God is acted out of grace in mercy to fallen, sinful man. In fact, God acted so completely at the cross that there's a sense in which mercy can be seen by sinful man only here in his sinful fallen state a man could do nothing to save himself to God step forward to do everything that needed to be done for man, one commentator is written when Jesus died on the cross. All of the work of God for man's salvation passed out of the realm of prophecy and became historical fact: has now had mercy upon us, for anyone to pray God have mercy on me is the equivalent of asking him to repeat the sacrifice of Christ.

All the mercy that God ever will have on man. He is already had. When Christ died.

That is the totality of mercy. There could not be any more God could now act toward us in grace because he is already had all mercy upon us.

The fountain is now open and flowing, and it flows freely know we speak of this mercy.

When we say he saw me ruined in the fall. He loved me notwithstanding all he saved me from my loss to state his loving kindness.

Oh, how great we sing correctly mercy. There was grace and grace was free pardoned, there was multiplied to me and my burden soul found liberty at Calvary and so Paul wrote of it. Also, Paul wrote the God who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us when we were dead in sins that made us alive together with Christ by grace ye are saved with raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. Because we have experienced this mercy from God. We had our turn, are now to show mercy to others.

I must admit this beatitude is been a problem to some persons because it seems to imply that receiving mercy from God depends upon our showing mercy to others, beatitude reads, Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. This seems to imply that we must act first and showing mercy doesn't mean this will obviously not enlist statement of Jesus Christ is to be accepted is contradicting all of the rest of Scripture, including his own clear testimony or must wear to abolish the doctrine of grace entirely and with all hope of salvation. If we are to be dealt with on these terms.

No man would ever see heaven. No one would ever receive God's mercy actually courses the other way around. What Jesus was actually saying was that we are to show mercy because we have received mercy and are in fact confident of continuing to receive it.

Conversely, if we do not show mercy to others is either because we understand little of that mercy by which we been save drills because we've never actually received it in the next beatitude says Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Again, the same general principles apply. We are to purify ourselves as John says in the first of his letters, but we are able to do so only because we've first been made pure by God and of come to see true purity in the Lord Jesus Christ. No verse actually says that were to be pure in heart. This gets to the heart of the problem because the heart of man is impure. What is the heart in the Bible, the heart is the center of the personality and it involves the mind the will and the emotions I can make this clear by three verses from the book of Romans. Romans 121, Paul speaks of men who are without God saying this because when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. This verse part means the mind or the intellect. Romans 25. He says after their hardness and impenitent heart.

They are treasuring up under themselves wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God. Here the emphasis falls mainly on man's implacable will finally Romans 55 he writes, and hope maketh not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit was given under us in this verse, the heart is the seat of the emotions reference to the heart of man is therefore a reference to the center of man's personality and it's this that is the source of man's problems. Jeremiah said the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Jesus said, out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. He added, out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murderers, adulteries, fornication staffs, false witnesses, blasphemies, that is the state of your heart and mind. As God sees it. That is the case we might very well ask how can a man be pure in heart. How can a man see God. The answer is that only God can do it all, you can begin by trying to cleanse your own heart.

Will you turn to ethics or religion or asceticism or fetishes or whatever it may be you will find that your heart is as corrupt at the end is at the beginning know only God can do it.

David knew this and so we prayed created in me a clean heart, O God, renew a right spirit within me. You know God does do it for all who believe on Jesus Christ. He does it judicially. The moment of our belief.

He does it practically during the moments of our earthly life as we yield to the gentle urging of his Holy Spirit and he will do it. Finally end completely in the moment of our death as we are then purified from all evil and brought without spot into his holy presence. Because of this assurance we strive now to please them to yield to him allowing him to make us increasingly pure as we do, we come increasingly to see him as he fills our beings and makes himself known to us. We take our place with those countless others who endured as seeing him who is invisible from our study of the preceding two beatitude that should also be evident that in a similar way, it's only those who have first tasted peace with God at the cross of Christ, who can become peacemakers simply because they have known God's peace. They must be peacemakers, among other things, they must be peacemakers in the home.

Dr. Donald Gray Barnhouse Road at one point in his life. Every minister knows that adjustments must be made by two people will stop living in single liberty to take up life with each other. The time of their wedding. Mammon women are like two planets which have been going around the sun at different speeds in different orbits. Now they must travel in the same orbit at the same speed if they pursue the same path at different speeds. Sooner or later, though be a planetary crash. How can such collisions be avoided. The answer is that each must pursue the things that make for peace.

I know of a home where the wife asked the husband repair an electric light over the kitchen sink. The promise to do so. Next day she asked him to fix the light then the guinea promise, but with some irritation for three days later, she asked again and he shouted at her to stop nagging him. Finally, the matter became a source of great tension between them the proper functioning of the light was very necessary to work at the sink. But if you'd called an electrician to do the job the husband might've exploded yet having promise to do the work he should've done it in his failure showed lack of understanding for his wife's problems. Her revealed a great flaw in the man she loved. Evidently didn't have a proper sense of responsibility and integrity. The way to avoid such difficulties. The adjustment of husband and wife is to have prayer together every day asking the Lord to keep both in the way of peace is also good for each to be willing to face weaknesses in themselves. And that's the other or something that I do that annoys you with the answers given in love. It's a small matter for love to remove the annoyance I see the same way that we may work constantly as God's peacemakers in the home may also work constantly as God's peacemakers in all areas of our lives in the community. It church in the office.

The school store even on the international scene of we have contact with that was think of it in terms of your boss or your teacher if you run the management level in your business.

You must think of it in terms of your employees.

You must think of it in terms of all persons with whom you come in contact with your old nature cries out that it wants to be first, that it's being taken advantage of and consequently can have things exactly its own way and you must look upwards to the Lord Jesus Christ yielding to him and asking him to crucify your old nature for you with all of its affections and lusts.

You can do it Christ working in you must, we can all grow together and will more perfect reproduction of his gracious life and divine character in our father, we thank you for these crews and for the call they give us a righteous conduct as we try to show mercy to be sure to be a peacemaker. Help us to do so through the power of Jesus Christ within make us like him, for we pray in Jesus name, amen. Listening to the Bible study hours featuring the teaching of Dr. James Boyce just before Christ died. He told his disciples of two important qualities he would leave with them.

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