WDJS [What Does Jesus Say] About … Our Attitudes [Vol.4]

In the previous studies we learned:
WDJS [What Does Jesus Say] ABOUT …..[Introduction]   [Vol. 1]
WDJS [What Does Jesus Say] About … Himself                 [Vol. 2]
          WDJS [What Does Jesus Say] About … Being His Disciple         [vol. 3]

Jesus said that He came to “…. Give us life and life more abundantly”. We are told that we have the “mind of Christ” and that the same attitudes that are in Christ we possess. So as a disciple of Christ what attitudes should we manifest if we are to live the abundant life that Jesus came to give us? How then should we live?


Luke 12: 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Matthew 5: [To Be Poor in Spirit and Humble Relying TOTALLY on the
                      God’s Grace to Sustain Us]
Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant) [conscious of moral poverty before an all-just and all-knowing Creator]for theirs is the kingdom of heaven! [Being Blessed and Poor in Spirit are moral characteristics of the citizens of God’s Kingdom. It is also apparent that the New Birth is an absolute necessity for entrance into that Kingdom, Jn 3:3; this kingdom is now present spiritually, but not yet physically.]

Blessed and enviably happy [with a happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace] are those who mourn [mourning / grieved because of personal sinfulness]for they shall be comforted! [What the Holy Spirit will do for those who properly evaluate their spiritual poverty].

Blessed (happy, blithesome, joyous, spiritually prosperous with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the meek (the mild, patient, long-suffering)[not self-righteous]for they shall inherit the earth! [Jesus is speaking here of His second coming when the Kingdom of Heaven will exist on earth physically.]

Blessed and fortunate and happy and spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God enjoys His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst [intense desire] for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God [through Christ’s atoning work on the cross]), for they shall be completely satisfied! [we must first be empty of self-worth and self-righteousness].

Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the merciful [speaks to action; going beyond thought]for they shall obtain mercy!

Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous—possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart [those who are born again and have received  a new moral nature]for they shall see God! [will see Him, Jesus, manifest Himself in one’s life.]

Blessed (enjoying enviable happiness, spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the makers and maintainers of peace [speaks to and pertains to peace with God, which comes through the new birth]for they shall be called the sons of God! [as having a new nature we express “The Peacemaker” and the one who has received the “peace”]

Matthew 5: [Study And Meditate on God’s Word so that We Live In A 
                            Manner Worthy Of His Calling]

13 You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men. [Salt is preservative and is a type of the “Word of God”. The professing believer who no longer holds to the Word of God is of no use to God or man.]

14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. [We are a reflector of the light which comes from Christ; much like the moon reflects the sun.]

15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house[the light is not to be hidden; the purpose of light is to shine and to drive out the darkness.]

16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven. [Proper faith will always produce proper works, but works will never produce faith or salvation.]

Matthew 5: [To Love and Forgive Even Our Enemies]

44 But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, [so there is a righteous anger in which the enemies of goodness and of righteousness are to be hated with a holy hatred, much like Christ exhibited in driving out the moneychangers from the Temple, the House of Prayer; but personal hatred, aimed at us individually, is to be met with love.]

John 13: [To Love One Another – Believers in Christ]

34 I give you a new commandment [goes beyond the Old Covenant, Lev 19:18]that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. [in effect, Jesus is saying, “I have loved you unto death; and in loving one another you are loving Me. You love because I first Loved you. This is God’s kind of love and is impossible for anyone to have without accepting Christ as one’s Savior. The cross and love are indivisible. This is jaw opening mercy and grace extended to us. We should forever be signing His praise.]
35 By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves]. [what was lost is now found, in Christ.]

Luke 12: [Be Ready For His Soon Coming Return]

35 Keep your loins girded and your lamps burning, [working and waiting should characterize our lives.]
36 And be like men who are waiting for their master to return home from the marriage feast, so that when he returns from the wedding and comes and knocks, they may open to him immediately. [this I believe refers to the rapture of believers and His return from His preparation for the wedding.]
37 Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are those servants whom the master finds awake and alert and watching when he comes. Truly I say to you, he will gird himself and have them recline at table and will come and serve them!
38 If he comes in the second watch (before midnight) or the third watch (after midnight), and finds them so, blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are those servants!
39 But of this be assured: if the householder had known at what time the burglar was coming, he would have been awake and alert and watching and would not have permitted his house to be dug through and broken into. [it seems that if one is truly watching for the Lord’s soon coming return then at the same time we will be watching that Satan does not destroy our house.]
40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour and a moment when you do not anticipate it. [it seems to me that since we are not hearing a lot about Christ return that it is in fact eminent; just saying!]

Luke 12:  [To Be Faithful; To Be A Servant; To Be Responsible]

42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful steward [this means all believers not just vocational ministers]the wise man whom his master will set over those in his household service to supply them their allowance of food at the appointed time?
43 Blessed (happy and to be envied) is that servant whom his master finds so doing when he arrives[Jesus is saying that He expects us to be faithful in what He has called us to do and in the process saying that in doing so we are wise.]
44 Truly I tell you, He will set him in charge over all His possessions. [a ruler in God’s Kingdom, which is yet to come, is the reward which the “faithful and wise” will seek, and not the things of this world – do you have an ear to hear?]
45 But if that servant says in his heart, My master is late in coming, and begins to strike the menservants and the maids and to eat and drink and get drunk[to not properly love God is to not properly love one another as ourselves – when we take God out of the equation of life, as the world around us is doing, then we become a lawless society.]
46 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour of which he does not know, and will punish him and cut him off and assign his lot with the unfaithful.
47 And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act as he would wish him to act shall be beaten with many [lashes].
48 But he who did not know [Did not know the ways of the LORD] and did things worthy of a beating shall be beaten with few [lashes]. For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required; and of him to whom men entrust much, they will require and demand all the more. [Listen, Jesus is making an analogy of what happens in this world with His Kingdom. In essence this speaks to the need to be responsible for the Word of God that you have been given. Even these studies create a responsibility upon you and I to be obedient to His Word – Much Word has been given to us [in this nation] therefore Much is expected of us for His Glory and His Kingdom. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you live out what you are being taught through the Word of God. Remember, what He asks us to do He has already supplied the provision for us to do it; thus we walk by faith knowing that His provision, His empowerment and enablement, will show up when we need it. We must first say I am willing; In this case He is saying that He will empower and enable us to be obedient if we allow Him.]

Luke 17:  [To Be A Faithful And Dependent Servant]

Will any man of you who has a servant plowing or tending sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, Come at once and take your place at the table?
Will he not instead tell him, Get my supper ready and gird yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; then afterward you yourself shall eat and drink? [Listen, a faithful servant will attend to his duties first, and himself second]
Is he grateful and does he praise the servant because he did what he was ordered to do?
10 Even so on your part, when you have done everything that was assigned and commanded you, say, We are unworthy servants [possessing no merit, for we have not gone beyond our obligation]; we have [merely] done what was our duty to do.[Among other things Jesus is saying that our attitude should be one of total dependence on Him for salvation and reward. This attitude takes us out of the temptation to think that it is our works that saves us].

Luke 18: [We Live Knowing That He is Faithful, He Has not Forgotten 
                            You, He Will Never Leave Us Nor Forsake us; He is the “I AM”] 

Also [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray [Without a proper Prayer Life, faith cannot be truly exercised] and not to turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up).
He said, In a certain city there was a judge who neither reverenced and feared God nor respected or considered man.
And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, Protect and defend and give me justice against my adversary. [This speaks to being persistent with the Word of God. Remember there is still today seed, time, and harvest.]
And for a time he would not; but later he said to himself, Though I have neither reverence or fear for God nor respect or consideration for man,
Yet because this widow continues to bother me, I will defend and protect and avenge her, lest she give me intolerable annoyance and wear me out by her continual coming or at the last she come and rail on me or assault me or strangle me.
Then the Lord said, Listen to what the unjust judge says!
And will not [our just] God defend and protect and avenge His elect (His chosen ones), who cry to Him day and night? Will He defer them and delay help on their behalf? [Even though the judge delayed for selfish indifference, God at times delays for an all-wise purpose, depending on what is asked, or whether we have faith or not.]
I tell you, He will defend and protect and avenge them speedily. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [persistence in] faith on the earth? [Remember the parable of the ten virgins? Five were prepared and five were not. How about you – will you be found “in faith” when Jesus returns? Stir up the gift of faith that He has deposited in you. Faith comes by hearing and hearing from the Word of God.]

So in review here are just a few ATTITUDES that Jesus is looking for us to exhibit:


Matt 5:       To Be Poor in Spirit and Humble Relying TOTALLY on the
                      God’s Grace to Sustain Us

Matt 5:       Study And Meditate on God’s Word so that We Live In A 
                            Manner Worthy Of His Calling

Matt 5:       To Love and Forgive Even Our Enemies
 
John 13:     To Love One Another – Believers in Christ
 
Luke 12:     Be Ready For His Soon Coming Return
 
Luke 12:     To Be Faithful; To Be A Servant; To Be Responsible
 
Luke 17:     To Be A Faithful And Dependent Servant
 
Luke 18:   We Live Knowing That He is Faithful, He Has not Forgotten 
                    You, He Will Never Leave Us Nor Forsake us; He is the “I AM”

Final comments:


Jesus said:

“Blessed (happy and to be envied) rather are those who hear the Word of God and obey and practice it!”  Luke 11: 28

It goes without saying that this is easier said than done. The good news is that we do not have to HEAR, OBEY and PRACTICE the Word of God under our own power for He has given us unmerited GRACE that empowers and enables us to do so IF we are open to
HEAR; after all, we cannot receive what we don’t know is available. Be encouraged because God’s grace [His empowerment and enablement] is sufficient for us.

May the Peace of Jesus be with you.


The disciple that Jesus loves,

Len

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