Saturday, September 23, 2017
Key Bible Verse: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)
Dig Deeper: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21
At the very beginning of [the Sermon on the Mount], by healing every sickness and disease (Matt. 4:23-24), Jesus is displaying the total authority that has been given to him.
God is establishing a new kingdom and is bidding us to come and join him. He calls us to recognize and identify with blessedness. He calls us to understand what it means to establish a kingdom built on a posture of repentance.
The Sermon on the Mount is where we see the charge for followers of Jesus to initiate the new kingdom experience through radical inward change. This type of transformation becomes a reflection of the fullness of the kingdom that is to come, providing the world with an opportunity to experience the kingdom of God in its “already, but not yet” state. All the while, we are to hold high the work of Christ and look toward the day when he will transform our imperfect reflection into a glorious reality.
– Dhati Lewis in Among Wolves
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