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The Beatitudes. Matthew 5:1-12. The Eighth Beatitude. “Blessed are the persecuted”. 10. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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The Beatitudes

Matthew 5:1-12

The Eighth Beatitude

“Blessed are the persecuted”

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10. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you

Matt.5:10-12

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The Beatitudes

Poor in spirit

Mourn

Meek

Hunger / Thirst

Right

With

God

How to be Happy

Mercy

Pure in Heart

Peacemakers

Persecuted

Right

With

Man

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Persecuted the best

Prosecuted the worst

Conflict between good and evil, right and wrong

“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake”

“In the world ye shall have tribulation” Jn.16:33

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Who are the righteous ?

Right living

Beatitude

  • Introduces humility
  • Repentance
  • Meekness
  • Craving for righteousness
  • Mercy
  • Purity of heart
  • Peaceableness

8. How the righteous is received

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Persecution they receive

2 Tim. 3:12 “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”

John 15:20 “If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you.”

1 Pet. 4:16 “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.”

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Persecution they receive

Prosecuted - action for one guilty of wrong

Persecuted - evil to one not guilty of wrong

Defined – to harass or punish - to injure, grieve, cause to suffer because of belief

To annoy with persistent or urgent approaches - pester

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Persecution they receive

Why are the righteous persecuted ? ?

They are different

The world does not like this

John 15:19 ye are not of the world

The world loves sin

They dislike the godly

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Persecution they receive

Why are the righteous persecuted ? ?

Rebuke to the unrighteous

Matt. 14 – Herod had John beheaded

Sinner is enemy of God

Trying to get at God

Goes after those who follow God

John 3:20

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Persecution they receive

Why are the righteous persecuted ? ?

For Envy

Wicked dislike those who do better

Genesis 4 - Cain angry with Abel

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Persecution they receive

Why are the righteous persecuted ? ?

The Righteous interfere

Interferes with the unrighteous

Acts 16:16-24

Opposes the barroom – abortion - homosexuality - gambling

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Kind of Persecution

Physical

Murder – Cain killed Abel - 1 Jn.3:12

- John beheaded

- Jesus Crucified

- Stephen stoned

Sold - Joseph’s brothers sold him

Prison – Joseph - for righteousness

- Peter and John

Paul was persecuted – 2Cor.11:23-27

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Kind of Persecution

Verbal

Today this is the form we often suffer

Matt.5:11 “revile” - “reproach”

Defame, chide, taunt

Slander

Lies

Ridicule

False accusations

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Behavior in Persecution

We should not…

Whine and complain

Indulge in self pity

Try to get even - Rom.12:17-21

Give up - Matt. 10:22

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Behavior in Persecution

We should …

Rejoice and be exceeding glad v.12

Acts 5:41 “rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.”

Acts 16:22-25 - Paul and Silas in prison

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19. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

John 15:19-20

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Two Reasons to Rejoice

The Reward

“Great is your reward in heaven” – v.12

Rom. 8:17 – suffer with him

Heb. 10:32-34 – endured afflictions

Mark 10:29,30 – world to come

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Two Reasons to Rejoice

Company is wonderful

“For so persecuted they the prophets that were before you.” – v.12

Leaders are the chief sufferers

God’s best loved people have suffered persecution

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The last resembles the first

First – condition of becoming a citizen of the kingdom

Poor in spirit = Humble of heart

Last – Describes character of one who has become a citizen

Persecuted = great is their reward

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The Beatitudes

“Blessed.” Matt. 5:3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

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“Blessed are the persecuted”

The Eighth Beatitude

Specific - Righteous persecuted

Results - Kingdom of heaven

Principle - Endurance

Application - Hardships are common

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The Beatitudes

Matthew 5:1-12

How to be Happy

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Sermon by Arthur Pigman

Evans Church of Christ

515 Gibbs Road

Evans, Ga. 30809

706-855-1249

evanscoc@bellsouth.net

www.evansgachurchofchrist.org

Sunday Morning Sept. 12, 2010