What Measure Do You Use?

Sermon-on-the-Mount

 

Here is some of Luke’s account of Jesus’ Words at “The Sermon on the Mount” (SOM)

Luke 6 ~

 27“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you..”

28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

31“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.

35“But love your enemies, and do good…

36“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

 37“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned

This entire Sermon was fulfilled by The Lord Himself because He is the Author and Finisher of “The Faith”. This Sermon isn’t a contradiction to our One Faith. Jesus wasn’t establishing a New Law to enter the Kingdom or a “New, Old Covenant”. God said multiple times that the New Covenant is nothing like the Old Covenant!

The O.C. was works based and the N.C. is faith based.

Jesus described His own lifestyle and was simply articulating how a Child of God lives in the Kingdom.Consider the introduction to the SOM in Luke 6:20

20And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.”

Jesus emphasis to the faithful people following Him was that they already HAD the Kingdom! Most of the following passages (like the ones listed above) spoke of the promises being for the future (as they continue in selfless love) but, this powerful concept of believing that they already had what they could not prove is Key!

THE PRESENT REALITY ~

 

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” ~ Eph.1:3

The rest of the SOM teaching flows from the place of already being in Christ with every thing pertaining to life and Godliness so that we can truly BE who HE has recreated us to be! In Colossians 2, Paul articulated it this way ~

9For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority.”

Since we are in the King, we are automatically in the Kingdom! We are complete in Him in our spirit man because it’s our unseen spirit man that is literally joined to the Lord!

“But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.” ~ 1 Cor.6:17

I heard that verse a year or 2 before I finally accepted it to truly mean what it says. But, it WAS aways the foundational message of the Gospel according to the New Testament Scriptures.

We aren’t trying to do something we can’t do. We aren’t trying to be something we aren’t. Jesus has already done it ALL for us! Jesus made it F.I.T.

FOR us. IN us. THROUGH us.

It’s like His death, burial and resurrection. He completed it in our spirit man, we received it by faith and He even took us higher!

1Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. ~ Col.3:1

Since He raised us up, look up! Seek a Godly perspective and you will see with a Godly perspective!

2Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.3For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” ~ Col.3:2,3

The world’s way is a lower way. Don’t think like they think. The wisdom of man and the world is foolish to God. Living by sight is not the way of Righteousness (God’s Kingdom). Living by faith is the higher way that pleases God. You have already arrived (in your spirit man) just be who God created you to be by focusing on your relationship with Him!

4When Christ, who is our life, shall be manifested, then shall ye also with him be manifested in glory.” ~ Col.3:4

The primary focus on this verse has nothing to do with the physical return of the Lord! I believe in His literal return but, if you search these passages in this writing; you will see that is not Paul’s context!

Paul is re-emphasizing what he wrote a few chapters earlier. He declared that he was a minister to preach fully the Word of God (The Gospel of the Kingdom according to Jesus in the Parable of the Sower) ~ 26that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, 27to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

I know that is a profound mouthful. Paul’s point was that the mystery which was concealed in the Old Covenant has been revealed in the New Covenant! It is the Gospel of God’s Kingdom in us, or Christ in us the hope of glory!

 

BACK TO THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT ~

38give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Not in my church but previously, I have heard this wielded like a tool to motivate financial giving. We don’t use our resources to “give to get”, we give without compulsion because we love.

If we are “giving to receive” we are no longer giving by faith through love (which is the only thing that prevails) . We don’t go back to the world’s way of give and take with natural means. God does want us to give to Him but, what really pleases Him is faith! Yes, faith without works is dead but how much more dead are works without faith?

God wants us to give Him our faith. The measure we use should be our measure of faith; not the amount that we can conjure up by our own efforts!

Paul had already profoundly articulated all of this New Covenant reality in Christ to the Romans in chapters 4-8 when he introduced the idea of presenting our bodies a living sacrifice, already acceptable to God. He implored them to stop thinking like the world and continue to be transformed from the inside out by renewing their own minds in the Gospel!

3For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.” ~ Rom.12:3

Paul wasn’t contradicting His exhortation to Colosse and Ephesus to “think from the Throne; where we are with Christ”; He is about to emphasize the Kingdom Lifestyle Jesus had articulated in the SOM. This entire passage is directed at spiritual ministry gifts within the body of Christ. Jesus preached in great power and authority with love but, he also ministered as a servant did! Recall Jesus washing even Judas’ feet.

4For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly…”

Give the gift you have been given according to the measure of faith you have been given and don’t try to do it all! 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.” 

I am still praying along these lines today. We probably always should.

This is what Paul meant 13 verses earlier. Function in your gift according to your faith and don’t think you are so gifted that you are above the others around you. But, don’t think of yourself as to low or ungifted to serve in the Church; operate according to the proportion of faith God gave you!

Don’t force Holy Spirit. Flow with Holy Spirt.

He was not saying “Don’t think you have a very powerful and valuable gift because you may! Actually you all do to some extent but, keep it real. Evaluate yourselves according to the measure of faith through love and not by the measure of your own talent!”

God wants us to value our gift and believe that we walk in wisdom and insight. However; he wants us to be dependent on HIS wisdom and understanding in relationship with Him. We continually give with our measure of faith to the Lord and we receive according to the measure of faith that we use!

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