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“Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted for Righteousness” . Matthew 5:10-12 John 15:17-27. Beatitudes. Spiritual need : the poor in spirit, those who mourn, & the meek. Fulfillment : those who hunger & thirst after righteousness are filled.

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beatitudes
Beatitudes
  • Spiritual need: the poor in spirit, those who mourn, & the meek.
  • Fulfillment: those who hunger & thirst after righteousness are filled.
  • Result: the merciful, the pure in heart, & the peacemakers.
  • Outcome: Persecution: to put to flight, drive away, pursue.
righteousness sake
Righteousness’ sake
  • Not unrighteousness(1 Pet 4:15)
  • Pursue righteousness (1 Tim 6:11; 2 Tim 2:22)
  • Scripture, training in right’ness(2 Tim 3:16)
  • Jesus, our righteousness (Jer 23:6; 2 Cor 5:21)
  • Persecution follows(John 15:20; 2 Tim 3:12)
jesus persecution
Jesus’ persecution
  • Government officials (Herod, Pilate)
  • Religious leaders (Jewish sectarian leaders)
  • Military (Executioners)
  • His own nation (John 8:45-48; 10:17-20)
    • “Because of the word”(Matt 13:21; 1 Cor 4:12-13)
why blessed
Why Blessed?
  • Persecution identifies with Jesus (1 Pet 4:12-14; 5:9; Matt 5:12)
  • Persecution indicates right direction(1 Peter 3:14-16; 1:3-6)
  • Persecution comes with a great promise(Matt 5:12; Rom 8:18)
promise
Promise

“For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven”

  • “As he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now” (Gal 4:29).
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Hear : gospel of Christ

  • Acts 2:14; Rom 10:17

Believe: Jesus is Lord /Christ

  • Rom 10:9-10

Confess: what is believed

  • Matt 10:32-33; Acts 8:37

Repent: change of heart

  • Acts 2:38; 17:30

Baptized: forgiveness of sin

  • Acts 2:38; 22:16; Mk 16:16
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