The world can be divided into two kinds of people
I. First, there are those who in the Beatitudes are called BLESSED.
A. In the New Covenant the first kind of people are those who are indwelt by God the Holy Spirit because of the work of Christ on their behalf. [Matthew 5:3-12]
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?
It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
KEY VERSE: Matthew 5:16
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
B. The other group consists of the unbelievers of this world.
They are proud, self-sufficient, and do not understand that they have a sin problem and because they have a sin problem they need a remedy. They need to be made right before a Holy God.
II. The Believer influences the people in the second group by what HE or SHE is.
A. The believer does NOT influence the unbeliever by WHAT he or she HAS.
MT 5:13, 14
13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Jesus did not say, “You have salt and light to dispense,” rather he said,
“You are the salt…… You are the light of the world”
The believer’s very presence in the world acts as salt and light. Their presence prevents corruption and it exposes error.
B. Being Blessed means having God’s NATURE within YOU.
2 Peter 1:3-4
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
Because of Jesus our Messiah and through the work of His Spirit believers are no longer living their life as:
fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, effeminate, abusers of themselves with mankind, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, extortioners (see 1 Cor 6:9, 10)
These things described who we were. One or more of these things described who we were when we were without Christ.
Now, as a people whom Jesus Christ has saved and indwells by His Holy Spirit we are;
washed, set apart (sanctified), justified (made right before God), all in the name of Jesus and through the power of the Holy Spirit. (see 1 Cor 6:11)
C. The word “Blessed” communicates not only being indwelt by God because of the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf but also that He is fully satisfied.
This is why it is said that we have PEACE with God through Jesus our Liberator. The believer is more fulfilled in God than if he or she had all of the created world as their possession.
For all of the above mentioned reasons and more we are described as a PECULIAR PEOPLE. Why? Because we are His POSSESSION.
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession (peculiar) who are zealous for good works.
III. The IMPACT of the BLESSED
The CHARACTER (the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual) of God’s people is that which sets them apart from people not blessed in Christ.
When the non-believing world observe the CONTENTMENT of the BLESSED, who despite their pain, poverty and suffering they remain content, it causes unbelievers to take note and at times to be amazed.
2 Corinthians 6:2-10
2 For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 3 We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4 but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6 by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; 7 by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8 through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.
The Impact of the Blessed is used of God to reveal to the non-blessed their own lack, even their spiritual bankruptcy.
17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
IV. The IMPACT of Christ the Liberator to the Blessed
As salt is derived from this earth, so the BLESSED citizens of the New Covenant community are to remember that though our home is in the heavens our origin is from this earth.
1 Corinthians 5:1
1 For we know that if the tent, which is our earthly home, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
So as the Blessed of God we are to remember our origins. It will serve to keep us humble before God and in the sight of others.
This is Good News. In the Liberator Jesus, the saints of God were set free, “free from the law of sin and death” Romans 8:2. And because they have been set free from the law of sin and death they are appointed by God to serve, as long as they remain as pilgrims in a foreign land, as a preservative (SALT and LIGHT) within this dying world.
If he or she were to lose their CHRIST LIKENESS, their “savor” (saltiness) would no longer be of use to God or man.
13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
V. The IMPACT of THE GREAT LIBERATOR JESUS on YOU the BELIEVER
The believer functions as LIGHT –only because Jesus Christ is the “light of the world” John 8:12
You and I can only reflect Christ. What is interesting is how we treasure this Light as our own. Jesus described this light as your light.
“Let YOUR light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven”
Let your life, my life, our lives united as a New Covenant community here on earth, glorify God who is in Heaven.
Your Life, as a child given life by God’s Holy Spirit, is best lived manifesting our participation in the NEW CREATION as new creatures in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
What person are you?