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Freedom in Christ: the Sermon on the Mount - for Disciples

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P. Rüst (2008), message Flüehli, Schwarzenburg (Switzerland), somewhat extended, 9 p.
http://www.aneste.ch/files/FreedomChrist+.pdf (290 kB)
or without pictures, text only, 8 p.:
http://www.aneste.ch/files/FreedomChrist.pdf (84 kB)

Translated from the German original, P. Rüst (2008),
"Freiheit in Christus: die Bergpredigt - für Jünger", Predigt Flüehli, Schwarzenburg (Schweiz)

Contents:

1. The Sermon on the Mount is for Disciples
2. The Function of the Law for Israel
3. The Kingdom of Heaven as God's Objective
4. God's Education Method for Humanity
5. Does God accommodate himself to our errors?
6. Self-actualization Leads to Death
7. In Christ, the Law is Fulfilled
8. Let the one who desires take the water of life without price!

Can anyone fulfill the law of the Sermon on the Mount?
Jesus demands what is completely impossible to do!
Why did people continue listening to him?

- In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addresses his disciples, not the crowds. He blesses them, as being heirs of God's kingdom, and in particular because as apostles of the New Testament they will be persecuted, just as the prophets of the Old Testament were. But to the crowds listening in, the core of the message remains hidden.

- Jesus internalizes and tightens up the Old Testament Law, which had been given to bring Israel to a knowledge of their sin and the fact of their being lost. One has to listen to the gentle wooing of the Holy Spirit in one's conscience, so that foregiveness becomes possible.

- The ones humbly returning to God in this way will be given the benefit of Christ's substitutionary sacrifice, leading to their acceptance as God's children, which produces an unheard-of liberation, being the heavenly kingdom begun on earth. This is God's aim for humans.

- Humans are created as free persons, which necessarily includes the possibility of getting lost. Therefore, it was God's plan from eternity to become man in Jesus, in order to take the guilt and its propitiation upon himself. In a long educational history, containing progressive covenants, he prepared humanity for the coming of the redeemer.

- God accommodated himself to humans' ignorance, but never to their sin. The flexibility of languages provides for preserving God's revelation from error, without doing violence to the prophet formulating it. With messianic prophecies, different interpretations, both of them correct, are the normal case.

- God's loving accommodation and patience is misinterpreted by human sin and abused as a cover for selfishness. Existential pluralism is an enemy of reality, and is, in the proper interest of those guilty of it, treated as idolatry.

- Attempting to earn one's salvation by doing good works is rampant in various variants, but it remains self-righteousness, which is an abomination to God. Good works acceptable to God can only be done out of gratitude for justification already obtained, giving God the honour, as it is he who has prepared them in the first place.

- The outrageous, impossible, maximal requirement for disciples, to be as perfect and holy as God the Almighty himself, turns out to be an unheard-of, comforting and liberating being led into the arms of the loving heavenly Father. The key to the solution of the unsolvable problem is the cross of Jesus Christ and the life in him after conversion and rebirth.

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