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1“Blessed are the persecuted” The BeatitudesMatthew 5:1-12The 8th Beatitude“Blessed are the persecuted”
2The Beatitudes Right With God Right With Man Poor in spirit Mourn Meek Hunger / ThirstRightWithGodMercyPure in HeartPeacemakersPersecutedRightWithMan
38. How the righteous is received Who are the Righteous ?Right livingBeatitudeIntroduces humilityRepentanceMeeknessCraving for righteousnessMercyPurity of heartPeaceablenessI. WHO ARE THE RIGHTEOUS ?A. Each of the preceding beatitudes introduces a characteristic of the righteousperson. Righteous means Right Living or living in harmony with God’s will. Thesebeatitudes tell us how to be in a right relation with God and our fellow man.1. Beatitude Number one introduces humility.2. Number two penitence3. Number three meekness.4. Number four - a craving for righteousness5. Number five - mercy6. Number six - purity of heart7. Number seven – being peace makersB. This last beatitude does not introduce another characteristic:1. It tells about how the righteous person is going to be received by the world.2. Often they are rejected and persecuted.8. How the righteous is received
4“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”Matt.5:10-12
5“In the world you shall have tribulation” Jn.16:33 Persecuted the bestProsecuted the worstConflict between good and evil, right and wrong“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake” Matt. 5:10“In the world you shall have tribulation” Jn.16:331. This is the last of the beatitudes and it is similar to the first in the reward “For theirsis the kingdom of heaven.”2. Society has always persecuted its best and prosecuted its worst citizens, for refusingto conform to the middle of the road. There is conflict between good and evil, rightand wrong, truth and error.5. The 8th beatitude reminds us that being a Christian in our sinful world will inevitablycost us and bring tribulation. Jesus said in (John 16:33). “In the world you shall have tribulation: but be ofgood cheer; I have overcome the world.”6. Let us notice:a. The righteous (as described in the first 7 beatitudes)b. The persecution they receivec. Their behavior in persecution.d. Blessings the righteous will receive
6Persecution they receive 2 Tim. 3:12 “all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”John 15:20 “If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you.”1 Pet. 4:16 “But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people's matters. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.”II. THE PERSECUTION THEY RECEIVEA. The Bible teaches that persecution is commonplace for God’s people1. II Tim. 3:12 “all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”2. This is a spiritual law that is unchangeable - just like the law of gravity. If we follow what God wants, at times we will be treated unfairly3. Jn. 15:20 Jesus said: “...If they have persecuted me, they will also persecuteyou”4. I Pet. 4:15-16 “But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people's matters. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.”5. So the Bible clearly says that if we live righteously, right in the eyes of Almighty God, then some form of persecution will come our way
7Persecution they receive Prosecuted - action for one guilty of wrongPersecuted - evil to one not guilty of wrong“Persecuted”Defined – (1) to harass or punish - to injure, grieve, cause to suffer because of belief. (2) To annoy with persistent or urgent approaches - pesterB. Notice the phrase in our text tonight, “Persecution for righteousness sake”1. Jesus used the term persecuted not prosecuted.2. Prosecuted - means the just action which is taken against one who is guilty ofwrong doing.3. Persecuted - means that evil which has been done to one who is not guilty of wrongdoing.4. Those who suffer for their own wrongs are not blessed.a. If we are haughty, selfish, or evil speaking then we may expect others to retaliate against us.b. We can receive no comfort from this beatitude on account of our misconduct or foolish behavior.5. The blessed have put the kingdom of God First in their life. They suffer because of their righteous Godly living.6. The word persecuted is defined as:a. “to harass or punish in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict;specifically : to cause to suffer because of belief”b. “to annoy with persistent or urgent approaches (as attacks, pleas, orimportunities) : to pester”c. So these are the types of persecutions Jesus is referring to that we will have to endure when we live for God
8Persecution they receive Why are the righteous persecuted?1. They are differentThe world does not like thisJohn 15:19 “you are not of the world”The world loves sinThey dislike the godlyC. Why are the righteous persecuted?1. The righteous are different:a. The world dislikes this - Jn. 15:19 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”b. Unbelievers do not know Jesus, they do not have a relationship with Him, and because of that they enjoy sinning.(1) They enjoy partaking in as many sins as possible.(2) Sinning in any way to please their desires is what gives them pleasure.(3) Those of the world dislike the godly
9Persecution they receive Why are the righteous persecuted?c. Vultures are interesting animals. They do not like sweet smells. Vultures can smell road kill from miles away. They aren’t smart enough to know when something smells terrible, they don’t have a nose for the sweet smells in life like good smelling flowers. They have a natural dislike for sweet smelling things. Likewise, the wicked people who are of the world have a natural dislike for those who are godly. And Jesus told us that this behavior towards His people would be normal
10Persecution they receive Why are the righteous persecuted?2. Rebuke to the unrighteousMatt. 14 – Herod hadJohn beheadedSinner is enemy of GodTrying to get at GodGoes after those who follow GodJohn 3:202. Another reason the righteous are persecuted is that the righteous are a constant rebuke to the unrighteousa. Matt. 14:1-12 Herod was angry with John and had him beheaded. Why? Johntold him that it was unlawful for him to be married to his brother’s wifeb. The unrighteous do not like it when their actions are shown to be against the commandments of Godc. The sinner is an enemy of God and he is trying to fight back against God.d. Since the sinner cannot get at God, he does the next best thing - he goesafter those that follow God, and today that is the Christian, that is you and me. We see this all the time in the news media when someone stands up for what is right according to the Bible, they are attacked by ungodly men and womene. “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light,lest his deeds should be exposed.” John 3:20
11Persecution they receive Why are the righteous persecuted?3. For EnvyWicked dislike those who do betterGenesis 4 - Cain angry with Abel3. Sometimes the righteous are persecuted because of envya. The wicked will dislike any person that outshines themselvesb. Gen. 4:1-8 Abel was a keeper of sheep, Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. Abel brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. So the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted?“ Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.c. After Cain had that conversation with God he could have chosen to change some things about his life and pleased God. But instead, he was so envious of his brother and the way Able pleased God that it drove him to kill his own brother
12Persecution they receive Why are the righteous persecuted?4. The Righteous interfereActs 16:16-24Opposes the barroom – abortion - homosexuality - gambling4. The righteous are also persecuted because they interfere with the interests of the unrighteousa. Acts 16:16-24 a slave girl possessed with a spirit of a demon brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, "These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation. Paul said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And he came out that very hour. But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities. Then the multitude rose up together against them; and commanded them to be beaten with rods. They threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. So here Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown in jail because they interfered with the interest off an unrighteous man. This man owned this slave girl, and he was profiting from her demon possession.b. Today we may receive persecution by interfering with the unrighteous when we stand up for what is right – opposing things such as abortion, homosexuality, gambling, etc. Jesus tells us tonight, don’t be surprised when you are persecuted for righteous sake
13Kind of Persecution 1. Physical Murder – Cain killed Abel - 1 Jn.3:12 - John beheaded- Jesus Crucified- Stephen stonedSold - Joseph’s brothers sold himPrison – Joseph - for righteousness- Peter and JohnPaul was persecuted – 2 Cor.11:23-27D. The Bible even gives us examples of what kind of the persecution the righteous can face:1. Physical - many are victims of this physical violence.a. Abel was killed by his brother - 1 John 3:12 “not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother's righteous.”b. Joseph was persecuted by his brothers, and down in Egypt he was cast intoprison for righteousness sake.c. Moses was reviled again and again when he stood up and that which was rightd. John the Baptist - beheadede. Jesus was crucifiedf. Paul had many persecutions that were physical - stonings, beatings with a rodand a whipg. Stephen was stoned to deathh. James was beheadedi. Peter and John were cast into prison. Sometimes it is this physicalpersecution that we receive
14Kind of Persecution 2. Verbal Today this is the form we often suffer Matt.5:11 “revile” - “reproach”Defame, chide, tauntSlanderLiesRidiculeFalse accusations2. But the persecution can also be verbala. Persecution today is in a much milder form, but it is just as real.b. Sometimes it is in the form of words either written or spoken.c. Matt. 5:11 “Men will reproach you, and persecute you, and will say all manner of evilagainst you falsely, for my sake.”(1) Reproach in the KJV and NKJV is translated “revile”(2) Revile is defined as to defame, chide, taunt, cast in teethd. Slander, lying - Many times the enemy ridicules us.e. The church and Christians are often subjected to false accusations andmisrepresentations.
15Behavior in Persecution We should not…Whine and complainIndulge in self pityTry to get even - Rom.12:17-21Give up - Matt. 10:22 “You will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”III. WHAT SHOULD BE OUR BEHAVIOR IN PERSECUTION?A. We should not:1. Whine and complain2. Indulge in self pity and feel sorry for ourselves because people do us wrong when we stand up for what is right3. Try to get even - retaliate and take vengeance - Rom.12 “Repay no one evil for evil”4. Never give up - Matt. 10:22 “You will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”
17Behavior in Persecution We should …Rejoice and be exceeding glad v.12Acts 5:41 “rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.”Acts 16: Paul and Silas in prisonHow then should we respond to persecution?B. Jesus said in our scripture reading tonight : “Rejoice and be exceeding glad:” easy to say, difficult to do, but it can be done1. Peter and John were persecuted for teaching about Jesus, notice how they responded after they were reprimanded in Acts 5:41 “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.”2. Acts 16: Paul and Silas in prison singing and praying to God3. But how can we be (blessed) happy when we are treated poorly? Because persecution drives the persecuted closer to God! And that is why we can be happy
18“If you were of the world, the world would love its own “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.”1. Rejoice that you are counted worthy to suffer for the kingdom of God.John 15:19-20 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.”2. It is not a great disaster when we are persecuted, it is simply living the Christian lifeJohn 15:19-20
19Two Reasons to Rejoice The Reward “Great is your reward in heaven” – v.12Rom. 8:17 – suffer with himHeb. 10:32-34 – endured afflictionsMark 10:29,30 – world to comeC. Two reasons why we should rejoice:1. Their reward:a. “Great is your reward in heaven” Matt. 5:12b. Paul said that if we suffer with Christ we will also be glorified with Him -Rom. 8:17 “if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. ”c. Heb. 10: Some of these people endured afflictions but they knewthat “ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.”d. Heaven will surely be worth it all.e. Mark 10:29,30 Jesus says that His people shall have a hundred fold here and in theworld to come eternal lifef. So we can and should rejoice when we are persecuted for Jesus, because heaven is our home
20Two Reasons to Rejoice Company is wonderful “For so persecuted they the prophets that were before you.” – v.12Leaders are the chief sufferersGod’s best loved people have suffered persecution2. A 2nd reason we can rejoice during persecution is because our company is wonderful:a. Jesus said in our reading tonight “For so persecuted they the prophets that were before you.”b. The leaders - the prophets - are the chief sufferers.c. Men like: Isaiah, Daniel, Stephen, The apostles.d. God's best beloved people have suffered persecution.e. But understand persecution does not mean disfavor with God.
21The last resembles the first First – condition of becoming a citizen of the kingdomPoor in spirit = Humble of heartLast – Describes character of one who has become a citizenPersecuted = great is their rewardCONCLUSION1. This last beatitude resembles the first.a. The first beatitude states the condition of becoming a citizen of the kingdom. Blessed are the poor in spirit = the humble of heartb. The last describes the character of one who has become a citizen. (those willing to go the extra mile and suffer, if need be, for righteous sake)2. This beatitude sees the disciple at his highest.a. He triumphs by spiritual power over the forces of opposition.b. A Christian who can receive persecution and maintain his integrity and fidelity hashis inheritance in the kingdom.c. Persecution may seem harsh, but it is only the “storm before the rainbow”.d. It is a tool which God uses to prepare us for greater things.3. God's reward cannot be measured, for it consists of salvation in the age to come.
22“Blessed are the persecuted” The 8th BeatitudeSpecific - Righteous persecutedResults - Kingdom of heavenPrinciple - EnduranceApplication - Hardships are common5. Summary of BLESSED ARE THE PERSECUTEDa. Specific - the righteous will be persecutedb. Results - Theirs is the kingdom of heavenc. Principle - Endurance - Gal. 6:9 ‘let us not grow weary while doing good, for we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”d. Application - Hardships are common for the righteous Christian, and it has always been this way6. The beatitudes are the foundation of Christian character.a. It is no accident that Jesus put them first in the Sermon on the Mount.b. Read them oftenc. Obey them always
23The Beatitudes “Blessed.” Matt. 5:3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 4. The first word in this lesson is “Blessed”. Matt. 5:3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10a. The Lord desires us to be blessed - happyb. These rules will give us the kind of life that makes for a blessing, not a curse.
25Salvation Hear the gospel (Rom. 10:17) Believe In Jesus (Jn. 8:24) REPENT of your sins (Lk. 13:3)Confess your faith (Matt. 10:32-33)Baptized Into Christ (Acts 2:38)REMISSION OF SINSFaithful until death (Rev. 2:10)