- Matthew 5:11-15
- Mat 5:11 (KJB)
- Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and
persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against
you falsely, for my sake.
- Revile - Coarse or vulgar language, to defame, scold, or reproach
- Persecute - Pursue or follow after
- All manner - Spoken words or sayings
- Here is a blessing that only the true believer will encounter and that
is because they are bringing the truth. Anyone who claims to be a Christian
and is walking with the world will receive the worldís approval. Those false
churches who are ordaining sodomites are receiving the worldís approval but
those who oppose it and see the sodomites as a mission field are receiving
all kinds of reviling. Any true Christian who brings the truth which
completely rejects the evil lifestyles of the world will not only face much
reviling, but they will be persecuted to the utmost. This is why there is a
rank hatred of Christians in every country because we desire to see people
become saved but the truth is that man does not want to be saved.
(John 3:19 KJV) And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the
world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were
evil. When we bring the light of the Gospel, unless
that personís heart has been prepared to receive it, they will outrightly
reject it and not only reject it but will bring in other people to side with
them against the Christian. This type of treatment is also an indicator that
one is bringing the truth and as God sees it, they are being a testimony
against evil and that is why the person is blessed, because they are
receiving Godís approval and not the approval of the world which is under
Satanís authority. The fact is that the Lord Jesus Christ was hated when He
was here on earth and is still hated as we read much literature condemning
Him as a fraud and other slanderous comments. Since the Lord Jesus Christ is
still being persecuted, it follows that His followers will also be
persecuted. (Mat 10:22 KJV) And ye shall be hated of all men for
my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
The persecution started the day John the Baptist came on the scene and will
continue till the last day.
- Mat 5:12 (KJB)
- Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward
in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
- Be exceeding glad - Be overjoyed or exult
- The Lord is telling them that when they face this type of persecution
and reviling that they should be overjoyed because of the persecution. All
the suffering and persecution that the believers face in this world will be
met in Heaven by a great reward. I donít know what this reward is, but those
who have suffered much will be given a great reward. Jesus then goes on to
make a comparison that the true believers bringing the truth about the Lord
Jesus Christ are like the prophets of old. All the old prophets which came
to Israel were persecuted by Israel for bringing the truth. Israel was like
a representation of the world, there were believers within her borders but
the majority were unbelievers.
- Jeremiah - Put in prison - (Jer 37:18 KJV) Moreover Jeremiah
said unto king Zedekiah, What have I offended against thee, or against thy
servants, or against this people, that ye have put me in prison?
- Micaiah - Hated by the King - (1 Ki 22:8 KJV) And the king of
Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah,
by whom we may inquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy
good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
- John the Baptist - Beheaded - (Mat 14:8 KJV) And she, being
before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a
- Moses - Conspired against - (Num 16:3 KJV) And they gathered
themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye
take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of
them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above
the congregation of the LORD?
- Mat 5:13 (KJB)
- Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour,
wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be
cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
- Savour - Tasteless or Insipid
- Here is a verse which has taken on many meanings. When the Lord mentions
salt in this homily, He knew that it would have a special meaning to those
who lived around the sea of Galilee. When the fishermen went out and brought
back in a catch of fish, before the fish would spoil they would have to be
cured. Since there was no such thing as refrigeration back then, they needed
to use salt for the preservation of the fish or else they would lose the
catch. If the salt was applied properly, the food would last quite a while.
Jesus makes this allusion to salt which everyone would have known about in
the physical realm. However, Jesus was speaking about something different
than just the preservation of food. Salt had a tremendous place in the
Mosaic offerings and since the people in this area, many probably being
Samaritans, would be familiar with the Covenant of Salt made in the books of
- (Num 18:19 KJV) All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the
children of Israel offer unto the LORD, have I given thee, and thy sons and
thy daughters with thee, by a statute for ever: it is a covenant of salt for
ever before the LORD unto thee and to thy seed with thee.
Whenever the Old Testament sacrifices were made, there was a mandatory
adding of salt to the sacrifice. The salt represented an incorruptible
covenant which was unable to be violated. It basically represented the
perpetuity of that sacrifice. In other words, the adding of salt added an
eternal dimension to the sacrifice which was, of course, a foreshadow of the
Lord Jesus Christís final sacrifice for sin which also granted a perpetuity
of the covenant of Grace.
- (Lev 2:13 KJV) And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou
season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy
God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou
shalt offer salt. Every offering was to be salted
with salt which symbolized the perpetuity of the sacrifice that foreshadowed
the eternal covenant which was in the Lord Jesus Christ. It was an
unchanging and pure covenant of grace which was foreshadowed by the covenant
- What Jesus was pointing to in this verse was that if the salt that was
in a person was real, then it meant that they would be the salt of the
earth. Now this has nothing to do initially with preserving society because
if that was the case, then this present world would never end and a new one
be created. What Jesus is speaking about here is that if the Gospel which is
within you, is the pure, truthful gospel, then you are able to salt those
who hear and those who hear and receive it, will be in the perpetuity of the
covenant of salt. In the last part of this verse Jesus speaks of a salt
which would be trodden under foot. In the Valley of Salt, there is a place
where there is a vein of salt which is very insipid and would have no value.
In fact, it was used in the temple when the weather was bad to salt the
floor so people would not slip and get hurt. That type of salt would be
totally useless for food preservation. What Jesus has in view is that those
who are the true salt of the earth are those who are truly saved and are
bringing the true Gospel without any man-made additions such as works or
signs and wonders or tongues, etc. The only way a person can be the salt of
the earth is if they themselves are salt in the eternal covenant of salt,
otherwise known as the true Gospel which preserves the soul for eternity.
- Mat 5:14 (KJB)
- Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be
- (Isa 49:6 KJV) And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest
be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved
of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou
mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. Jesus
speaks to the people using a different symbol. Not only are they the true
salt but those who truly became saved are the light of the world because the
world walks in darkness. (1 John 2:8 KJV) Again, a new commandment
I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the
darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
Those who are truly saved will have the light of the Gospel in them and just
as they would be salt, they would also be light. When they bring the true
Gospel, they are opposing the ways of the world in darkness. This light of
the Gospel propels the true believers into going into all the world and
preaching it and thus when that happens, the city on a hill is not hid but
shining brightly. (Isa 60:3 KJV) And the Gentiles shall come to
thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
When Jesus spoke to the people, the Gospel was still limited to Israel and
the prophecy of Isaiah teaches that when many of the Jews started getting
saved, then the Gentiles would be attracted to the light of the Gospel. We
can see this plainly in the life of the Apostle Paul and his tremendous
ministry to the Gentiles.
- Mat 5:15 (KJB)
- Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a
candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
- A person would not light a candle for the purpose of lighting a dark
room and then go place the candle under a bushel, thus quenching the light.
A light is lit in a house for the purpose of lighting up the dark home. This
is the same mentality the believer must have. He is not given the Gospel for
the purpose of keeping it to himself but is given the Gospel for the purpose
of sending it forth for all to hear. Just as a light lights everyone in the
house and is not biased as to who is receiving the light, the believer must
send out the Gospel to as many as he or she can, not knowing whom the Lord
has chosen for salvation. We send it forth without prejudice.