The context is the Jews returning from captivity to Jerusalem—a city in ruins—Temple is destroyed and the walls are broken down. God promised to restore Jerusalem, but that restoration has not been fulfilled… yet.
Matthew 5:1-10 We must discern between the doctrinal application of what Jesus said and the spiritual application for us as “instruction in righteousness.” We can only discern the difference by following the principle of 2 Timothy 2:15—“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word […]
Men’s Breakfast devotion April 5, 2014 Luke 13:6-9 This is a parable—An earthly story to illustrate a spiritual truth. There was a vineyard owned by “a certain man.” Upon an inspection of his vineyard, he noticed a fruitless fig tree. It wasn’t the first time he noticed this barren fruit tree. It had not had […]
The “sermon on the mount” appeals to modernistic churches who teach a “social gospel,” salvation by works, and living by “the golden rule” (7:12). Problem is, no one can keep the “golden rule” in this dispensation of grace.