Matthew 5: 1-12 – The Beatitudes

Tuesday Morning Bible Study

June 30, 2020, the Year of Our Lord

Pastor Carolyn Sissom


Heb 3: 13-14: Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end (NIV).


This is the time to encourage each other to never be stubborn or hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  For we are mingled with the Messiah, if we will continue unshaken in this confident assurance from the beginning until the end. (P.T.)


Last week the Holy Spirit encouraged us from Matthew, Chapter 7, Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.  This week we will start at Matthew 5 which is the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount.  Matthew 5 parallels with Luke 6 with one contrast: “Blessed” in Matthew and “Woes” in Luke.  In the midst of so much tribulation in our nation, let us bless one another, encourage one another, and become Peace-Creators. 


Blessed means happy, to be envied, great, rich and prosperous.


Here Jesus gives us the key that as Peace-Creators in the image of the King of Peace that we then become spiritual warriors in the image of the Commander and Chief of the Armies of Heaven.


Matt. 5:1: Seeing the multitudes, He (Jesus) went up into a mountain: and when He was set, His disciples came to Him: And He opened His mouth, and taught them saying:


This teaching to the disciples is to explain to them the Laws of the Kingdom of God.  It is the New Testament (New Covenant) equivalent of the Ten Commandments.  Note, “He went up into a mountain.”  This law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus is a declaration to the citizens of the Kingdom in how to live by the power of the indwelling life of Christ.


The Sermon on the Mount is the constitution of the Kingdom of God.  It is commandments of an impossible life-style.  The key to living this impossible way is a change of nature.  This sermon is not lived by duty, but by nature.  This change of nature is the “key” as to why the rioters and looters do not comprehend Christian values. 



Old Testament                                                                      New Testament

Tables of Stone                                                                      Tables of our Hearts

External-Flesh                                                                       Internal – Spirit

What we do                                                                            what we are

Condemned the Act                                                              Condemned the thought

Law of sin and death                                                            Law of the Spirit of Life

Moses the mediator                                                               Jesus the Mediator


The word beatitude means “a declaration of blessedness.”  In these statements, the King is declaring those blessed qualities that should be in the character of the citizens of His Kingdom.


The Beatitudes are the preamble to the Constitution of the Kingdom of God.  We hear a cry from the bowels of our nation to preserve the Constitution of the United States of America.  As a nation, if we will return to the Constitution of the Kingdom of God, we can turn the nation back to the original intent of the founding fathers.


These are the “blessed attitudes” which are a standard for every believer.  All these beatitudes are working in us a pattern in the life-style of the children of God (a way of life).


The Beatitudes are the key to understanding the Sermon on the Mount:  Unless these inward workings have been wrought in us, we cannot operate in the various principles of the Sermon which manifest themselves in our external world.


Overall Pattern:


  1. Matt. 5:3-6 ---Receiving the life and nature of King Jesus.
  2. Matt. 5: 7-9 ---Releasing the life and nature of King Jesus.
  3. Matt. 5: 10-12---The resulting conflict and clash between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness (spiritual warfare).




(a)    Matt. 5:3: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. This is the first step which will cause a man to call on God.  These are people with a conscious and confessed need of the King.  This is an attitude that says, “I need you Lord!”  My personal cry is “Help me Jesus”.   This is when we face life’s challenges and we know that there is no way through, around or over unless the Lord moves for us.  The word for poor here is helpless, those in poverty, empty, those who need help.

(b)   Matt. 5:4: Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.   The Holy Spirit is the comforter.  Jesus bore our grief and sorrow at the Cross.  This also speaks of true repentance for failures and sins.  All who realize that they don’t have all the answers and who living behind a religious façade will admit their need and then, experience an inward sorrow.  This is that Godly sorrow that produces true repentance in the life of those who allow it to work.  This repentance causes us to be comforted.  The Holy Spirit will then minister to us God’s love, comfort, peace, rest and a New Nature, the Nature of the King is deposited in us.   

(c)    Matt. 5:5:  Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.  Humility is

           an aspect of the Divine Nature (11 Pet. 1. 1:1-4).  This is the spirit of the New

           Covenant (Ez. 36: 24-27).  Meekness is not weakness, but meekness toward God.    

           In the Hebrew language, “meekness” means “worn out.”  We have exhausted  

         all human strength.  The “fight” is gone out of us.  We are willing for the King  

         to rule us.  We are no longer proud and self-sufficient.

(d)   Matt. 5:6: Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.  There is no growth without appetite, and no spiritual maturity without righteousness.  No longer proud, we now can be filled with the King’s love, presence, and anointing. We have tasted and seen that the Lord is good (Ps. 34:8).  He is righteousness, and we hunger and thirst after him.




(a)    Matt. 5:7: Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.  We now begin to release the Lord from within.  Because we have experienced His mercy, we can minister His mercy (Tit. 3:2-3).  We take on the attitude of God.  A religious spirit is harsh and cruel, for the law of sin and death is a hard taskmaster.  Those who bear the image of the King are merciful, and then receive mercy as their reward.

(b)   Matt. 5:8:  Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.  Those who have cleansed from within can release a pure ministry from within (Rev. 22:1-2).Carolyn teach New Jerusalem as purity”.   New Jerusalem speaks of those people whose eyes of understanding have been enlightened to see Him (Job. 42: 1-6; Isa. 6:1-7).  Eph. 1:18: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.


In a deeper sense, not only are those sons of God who shall and do rule with Jesus merciful, but they shall manifest the God that they see.  They are delivered from the impurities of selfishness – they are after the heart of God. (Pr. 4:23).  From the saints a river of reconciliation can flow. 11 Cor. 5: 17-18: Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation.  This is the new Divine Nature.


(c)     Matt. 5:9:  Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.  Only those who are merciful and pure in heart can produce His peace.  This is a deeper ministry than most folk realize.  A novice has no business coming between two warring spirits.  A real mark of being a Son of God is being a peacemaker.  In a deeper sense, the sons of God are going to deliver this creation from the abomination of condemnation.


What is the making of a Peacemaker? 


God is a PEACE-CREATOR.  Those in his image also have a creative word of reconciliation in their mouth.


Col. 1:20:  Having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things to Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.


How do we reconcile that God is also a God of War?  The Woes of Luke 6:24-26 are in contrast to the Blessings.  Luke 6:49: he that hears and does not, is like a man that without a foundation built a house upon the earth, against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell, the ruin of that house was great.


As Ministers of the Gospel, when we lose our peace, we are disqualified to minister into a situation.  All of us have lost out peace one time or another.  When you know you have lost your peace, remove yourself from the situation until you are able to regain that inward working of the peace that passes all understanding.


Satan knows the power of the spoken creative word.  The only way he can stir up trouble in the home or local church is with the tongues of men.  A peacemaker (peace-creator) is not just peaceable, he/she is a producer and manufacturer of peace.  And this peace is not mechanically made, but flows from a changed nature (James 3: 13-18).  This changed nature is the nature of King Jesus, who is the Prince of Peace.


A peacemaker is concerned with the GLORY OF God among men.  He knows that trouble distracts.  Thus, this mature ministry intervenes to make peace.  The proof that we are a Son of God is that we are a peacemaker.


The enemy attacks the house of God with the tongues of men.  Slander is speech that injures another, whether true or false.


A peacemaker gives no ear to slander.  A peacemaker learns how to keep their mouth shut.  ‘Is it true?”  “Is it necessary to say?”  “Is it kind?”  A peacemaker minds their own business.  They are not busy bodies wanting to know what is “going on.”


The talebearer himself has deep problems.  He belittles others to exalt himself.  He makes a short man tall by cutting a tall man’s legs off.  He is often under tremendous condemnation.


Ultimately if a talebearer persists, he is to be “marked” and the saints are to separate from his company (1 Cor. 5:11; 11 Thess. 3: 11-14.)


So, what is the key that a peace-creator is also a spiritual warrior and is continually involved in spiritual warfare?  You could judge me with these scriptures because I have been leading the charge in spiritual warfare against the lawlessness of the mob, China, Jezebel, and the Illuminati.  Now that we have received the life of Jesus Christ (Matt. 5:3-6) and released the life of Jesus (Matt. 5: 7-9), we come into conflict and clash with the kingdom of darkness.  This must be so, for we as peacemakers have declared war on anything that disturbs PEACE and security.


(d)    Matt. 5:10: Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs in the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake.  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.


Persecution is proof of a changed nature.  Persecution is part of the preparation of a Kingdom instrument.  Testing is part of the preparation of a Kingdom instrument. 


This clash of two kingdoms is spiritual warfare.  The key to understanding persecution is to understand the importance of the written and spoken word.  The instruments in this spiritual warfare are men.  Saul will always try to pin the man after God’s heart to the system (wall).  Persecution is proof that one is under the rule of God. Yea, and all that will live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. The word “will” means “desire” and points to our new nature.  Putting on the whole armor is not any option. 


Here is another Key.  We must understand why we are persecuted---it is for righteousness’ sake.  However, we must be sure that we are being persecuted for righteousness sake and not for our own folly:  foolish and unwise- novice; self-righteous-proud look; overzealous without knowledge-“shotgun” evangelism”;  a nuisance or busybody-always butting in; good, noble or sacrificial---and letting everyone know it;  God’s right-hand man” – always doing; God’s savior; healer – saving and healing everybody; God’s spokesman – everybody has to hear what He says; my message or my sermon; God’s sacrifice-- somebody need to tell this brother that human sacrifice went out with Isaac; God’s judge – this critical spirit is going to straighten everybody else out.


The Positive aspect of persecution is because of this Christ nature in us (Jn. 15: 18-21).  We are “Godly” and are channels of His light and life.  We have been changed and now possess the nature of the King.  This light exposes darkness and darkness hates this exposure (Jn. 3: 19-20). 


We must be careful that the persecuted does not become the persecutors.  We can trace church history to the present.  Each time God brought his people a step further out of darkness; men would stop moving with God, write down their doctrine, and become apostate.  Those men who at one time were persecuted will then become the persecutors, for God moves on into HIMSELF (LIGHT) and in Him there is no darkness!)


We are told to rejoice in persecution.  We do not rejoice only because of persecution, nor do we have a “martyr’s complex” as in the early church, but we know that persecution is proof of our son-ship and our reward.  We understand that God deals with us as Sons.


We do not retaliate.  We do not respond with feelings of resentment or bitterness.  We do not become depressed.  Depression is caused by a failure to have the right attitude toward conflicts (problems). 


In order to understand the Sermon on the Mount, it is essential that we understand the importance of the Beatitudes.  They must be experienced and demonstrated in our lives.


Every Kingdom instrument is tested before God will honor ministry.  If we have a ministry that means God has honored that ministry.  Everything must be after the pattern of Jesus.


Jesus was born of the Spirit.  He was baptized in water and was filled with the Holy Ghost. Col. 1:19: For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell.


Jesus was tested before any anointed ministry:


(1)    The Lust of the Flesh:  The anointing and one’s own gain; Self-satisfaction;

(2)    The Lust of the eyes:  the anointing and a love of money; materialism and a craving for things; Discipline brings us to a place where God can trust us with all things.

(3)    The Pride of Life:  The anointing and man-worship; this is the acid test of motives---personal attention, popularity, wanting to be seen of men; Discipline brings pure motives.


We receive the anointing of the dunamis power after testing in these three areas.  So many are deceived into thinking that one receives this anointing along with the Holy Ghost Baptism.  There is no “dunamis” until we are proven and disciplined.  We must follow the pattern.  There is a death process through this testing and dealing of God that will even deny us justice at times.




Carolyn Sissom, Pastor

Eastgate Ministries, Inc.

Scripture from K.J.V.  I entered into the labors of Kelly Varner, Sermon on the Mount;  Comments, and conclusions are my own and not meant to reflect the views of Bro. Varner;  The Beatitudes by Carolyn Sissom 4/11/10. 

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