Mennnonite Direction Journal: Approaches to the Interpretation and Application of the Sermon on the Mount
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The Beatitudes: Virtues or Proclamations?
13 May byBy Chaplain Mike
I am working through N.T. Wright’s exhilarating book on Christian growth and character, After You Believe. I hope to post a full review soon. First, I’d like to interact with one small aspect of something he presents.
Wright’s chapter on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) communicates some wonderful insights about how how Jesus commends the practice of genuine “virtue” from a uniquely eschatological perspective:
God’s future is arriving in the present, in the person and work of Jesus, and you can practice, right now, the habits of life which will find their goal in that coming future. (p. 103)According to the author, the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount are not:
- Mere laws or rules of behavior. Jesus did not set forth his teaching to be taken in a legalistic senseâ€”that by behaving this way, we will gain rewards from God.
- Mere instructions to believers. Jesus did not present his teaching as, “I’m doing my work, and now that you believe in me, here are the works you must do in response.”
What Jesus is saying, rather, is, “Now that I’m here, God’s new world is coming to birth; and, once you realize that, you’ll see that these are the habits of heart which anticipate that new world here and now.” These qualitiesâ€”purity of heart, mercy, and so onâ€”are not, so to speak, “things you have to do” to earn a “reward,” a “payment.” Nor are they merely the “rules of conduct” laid down for new converts to follow…They are, in themselves, the signs of life, the language of life, the life of new creation, the life of new covenant, the life which Jesus came to bring. (p. 106)--
Craig Keener - The Old Testament Laws ==
-Ten Commadments as a Wedding:
5)Was the word "wedding" on your list in #1? Why do you think it wasn't? And why it never is; even though it might be the first answer given by Jews in Moses' and Jesus' day?
"Sermon on the Mount/Building a Fence": lecture by Dave and friends