by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
October 11, 1907---November 30, 1994
Matthew 5:1-24

Jesus Christ has something to say about His disciples'
attitude toward the world of lost men and women. In
Matt. 5:17-20 we read about the disciples' attitude
toward the Lord and His Word and Christian living.
Verses 22-24 tell of the disciples' attitude toward
their brethren. Let us read just now, Matthew 5:1.

"And seeing the multitude He went up into the
mountain: and when He was set His disciples came unto
Him. And He opened His mouth and taught them."

The picture here is Christ and His disciples in the
foreground, and the multitudes in the background. He
is about to teach His disciples about their everyday
living. You are familiar with this passage. It is
usually called The Beatitudes. I want to call your
attention to verses 13 through 16. If you are a
disciple of Christ, these verses apply to you. They
apply to anyone who would follow Christ.

Now I do not agree with the theory that this passage
and the rest of The Sermon On The Mount is to be
relegated to the Millennium. I do not believe that it
applies only to that period of history yet far ahead
in the future. There are some who teach that this does
not apply to us today. But I believe that this is for
us today. The Lord Jesus is speaking to His disciples
teaching them how they should conduct themselves, and
if we are His disciples, He is teaching us how to
conduct ourselves.

Christ says (verse 13) that we are as salt. "Ye are
the salt of the earth. But if the salt hath lost its
savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth
good for nothing but to be cast out and to be trodden
under the foot of men."

Ye are salt! If you lose your spiritual power, if you
lose your spiritual tang, if you cannot help men
spiritually, you are to them an outcast. Not cast out
by God, but by men. Once a Christian has had a real
testimo ...

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