Attitudes to Be like Jesus

Attitudes to Be like Jesus
By Apostle Aje Pelser, Harvester Reformational Church, Cape Town, March 2017, June 2021

When Jesus saw the multitudes he went up a mountain and when he was seated His disciples came to him.
Then He Opened His mouth and taught them…
The Sermon on the Mount
Mat 5:1 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.
The Beatitudes
Mat 5:2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
Mat 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Mat 5:5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Mat 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Mat 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Mat 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Mat 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Mat 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Mat 5:12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Interesting flow of events here that reveal the “attitudes to be” of His Kingdom:
1. He left the crowds
2. He went up a mountain.
3. His disciples came to Him
4. He opened His mouth and taught them.

From Dr Gray’s Notes in the MBC Subject Life of Christ: Journey 18 b:
“Why does Matthew say He “opened His mouth” and taught? Could He have taught without opening His mouth? Who is He teaching? His Disciples.
It indicates the solemnity of the occasion, the importance of what is to be said.

In Matthew’s gospel presenting the Messiah, the King, what would you call this sermon?
• What relation has it to the King and His kingdom?
• The King’s enunciation of the laws of His Kingdom.
• It is the means whereby the King has a kingdom, and rules it.

First Beatitude: Be Poor in Spirit and have God’s kingdom of heaven
Mat 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“A perfect statement of His own life. Humble birth, humble dedication in Temple,
obedient to parents in Nazareth, meek submission to John’s baptism, choice of lowly
men as disciples, utter dependence on the word of God in the wilderness
temptation, and refusal to adopt the grandiose schemes of the devil to further His
earthly mission, conversation with woman at the well contrary to proud attitude of
Jews, submits to ill-treatment at Nazareth, compassion for multitudes, contact with a
leper, eating with the downtrodden, denial of any power of His own, and on and on.” Dr Gray writes in the Life of Christ subject manual available from Miracle Bible Training Centre.

When we are poor in spirit, it isn’t a poverty mentality. Even the rich Joseph of Arimathea acknowledged the emptiness of His fancy tomb and offered it to Jesus, the wise men from the East bowed and brought gifts from their riches to show their poverty of spirit before the great Messiah. No, poverty of spirit creates a vacuum for the Eternal Spirit of God to fill. When we plant churches with Bible Colleges together; there first has to be a recognition of the vacuum of good sound doctrine and lack of spirit and truth worship, a lack of apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ the Chief cornerstone., When that poverty of spiritual atmosphere is recognized and acknowledged in those locally relevant, Jesus can fill it with His Church that includes the teaching to observe all He said in His commission, Matthew 28:18-20. And the kingdom of heaven is established in hearts and minds this way – removal of any other semblance of a kingdom of darkness, self-vanity and pride.

The first ‘attitude to be’ sets forth the fundamental condition from which all the others derive their existence – it qualifies them all. Meek and humble attitudes is what sets Jesus’ true disciples apart and they have an easy yoke and a light burden, and they find rest for their souls.
Mat 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Mat 11:30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

2nd Beatitude – Mat 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Isa 61:3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”

3rd Beatitude Mat 5:5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Jas 1:21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
The context here includes becoming a doer of the word and not to be a forgetful hearer. There is a sense of Christian identity promoted in the concept of meekness – something Jesus emphasized us to learn form Him:
Mat 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Mat 11:30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

4th Beatitude Mat 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Here is a clear vacuum that is created through fasting and prayers. When you spend more time in spiritual activity, it creates an appetite for the things of God. The more you do something, the more you want to do it… Creating new habits is a key to overcoming the muscle memory of sin. Church is the habit of a fit new creation! Prayer too yes, but even better is cultivating the awareness of God’s indwelling presence as an old monk wrote: “The Practise of the Presence of the Lord!” Thanks Brother Lawrence.

5th Beatitude Mat 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Mat 12:7 But if you had known what this means, ‘I DESIRE MERCY AND NOT SACRIFICE,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.
Understanding the Lord of the Sabbath, versus just keeping the Sabbath out of duty releases mercy. You go into the throne of grace boldly by the blood of Jesus – not the blood of your sacrifice. It is His sacrifice that secures an audience with the Holy One, the Judge of All and when you appear in the Holy of Holies covered in the blood of Jesus, you are accepted, for no other reason and all you really can ask for is mercy for your time of need. We also go there for mercy for others in their time of need – they don’t even know it yet, but there little lives are spared because of such entrances into the throne of grace. Thank you Jesus for that – someone did that for me too!

6th Beatitude Mat 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
2Ch 26:5 He sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God; and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him prosper.
There is a great lesson in Uzziah’s life who sought God and gained understanding when his heart was pure. When he strayed he became a leper till his death… Keep our hearts pure by the Holy Spirit Lord so we can continually prosper before you and see you before us continually. Moses endured by seeing Him who was invisible always before him… Hebrews 11:27

7th Beatitude Mat 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Rom 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Rom 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

8th Beatitude Mat 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
2Pe 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
It makes sense that those who pursue righteousness will inherit the righteous new earth!

9th Beatitude Mat 5:11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
2Co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,

10th Beatitude Mat 5:12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Col 1:24 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church,
So in other words, you are in good company when they treat you like the true prophets of old.

These attitudes to be are a blessing to those who discover them within and it shows the world how our King is setting up His eternal kingdom. We are gradually preparing for eternal rulership with Jesus in a new heaven and a new earth where righteousness dwells. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise but He is giving men a chance to repent. Judgment is coming on this earth and we who believe go to the judgment seat of Christ. The rest will go to the Great White Throne of judgment where we will watch kings and nations and all God’s enemies being thrown into hell forever. I’d rather take the route Jesus paid for me, how about you? I’d rather live this life to the full potential of a son of God by grace through faith in Jesus with His prescribed attitudes towards life things and people along with the accompanying signs and wonders following His word – how about you?