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Matthew's Gospel Word Come Alive von Manser, Martin (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 22.04.2019
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Matthew's Gospel

Word Come Alive - is an expanded translation (paraphrase) of the New Testament of the Bible by respected editor Martin Manser - supplies linking phrases and background information in italics within the text to help make its message more immediately understandable - aims to express the sense of the original in contemporary, natural English - aims to have a powerful effect on readers, with a fresh, incisive quality that will make readers sit up and think.

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    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: none
    Seitenzahl: 200
    Erscheinungsdatum: 22.04.2019
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781543968996
    Verlag: BookBaby
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Matthew's Gospel

Matthew 5

Jesus teaches on the hillside

When Jesus saw the crowds following him, he went and sat down on the hillside. His apprentices came to him, and he started to teach them.

The challenge of true Christian character

Jesus told his followers that they were to be distinctive, radically different from the people around them. The attitudes and actions of his followers could become like this only because God's power was at work in them. If they lived in such a way, they would enjoy the privileges God would give them now and in the life to come.

Jesus taught them:

' Other people say, if you're self-confident, you'll be happy. But I say to you, it's those that humbly recognise their spiritual need who are truly happy and fortunate. They will draw on God's resources, so the kingdom of heaven already belongs to them.

' Other people say, don't worry about sin. But I say to you, it's those that mourn and grieve over their sin and failures who are truly happy and fortunate. God will comfort and encourage them.

' Other people say, it's the arrogant that are successful. But I say to you, it's those that humbly trust God who are truly happy and fortunate. They not only enjoy the blessings I give them now but they also look forward to inheriting the new earth that God will create.

' Other people say, if you do your own thing, you'll be fulfilled. But I say to you, it's those whose deepest desire is to lead lives that are right with God who are truly happy and fortunate. They long to see justice prevail throughout the world. Their appetite for God will be satisfied.

' Other people are successful by bullying their way to the top. But I say to you, it's those that are merciful, kind and generous towards others who are truly happy and fortunate. God will be merciful towards them and forgive them.

' Other people say, it's OK to deceive others and see what you can get away with. But I say to you, it's those that are fully devoted to God and let him clean up their inner life who are truly happy and fortunate. They catch glimpses of God's glory now and are ready to see him in all his fullness in the life to come.

' Other people fight and make war. But I say to you, it's those that seek and make lasting peace who are truly happy and fortunate. God will recognise them as his children, because they reflect what he is like .

' Other people say, don't get too committed to God. But I say to you, it's those whose lives are so right with God that they provoke hostility who are truly happy and fortunate. They will suffer persecution but the kingdom of heaven already belongs to them. You're truly happy and fortunate when people insult you viciously, persecute you and make false accusations against you because you follow me. Don't be miserable but feel on top of the world at such times because a great reward is waiting for you in heaven. That reward will more than make up for the suffering you're now going through . Remember that the prophets who went before you were also persecuted.

A positive influence on the world

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