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					THE TREE’S WEAKNESS
BEGAN THE MOMENT
INSECTS ENTERED IT.
THE TREE’S WEAKNESS
BEGAN THE MOMENT
INSECTS ENTERED IT.
Impurity in our heart makes us
weak.
JESUS SPOKE THIS
BEATITUDE TO THAT
EXTENT.
JESUS SPOKE THIS
BEATITUDE TO THAT
EXTENT.
"Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God."
♥ In many ways, this Beatitude forms the "heart" of the
 Sermon on the Mount.
♥ In many ways, this Beatitude forms the "heart" of the
 Sermon on the Mount.
  ♥ Jesus, in this Sermon, is greatly concerned with the heart.
♥ In many ways, this Beatitude forms the "heart" of the
 Sermon on the Mount.
  ♥ Jesus, in this Sermon, is greatly concerned with the heart.
  ♥ "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit
    adultery.' But I say to you that everyone who looks at a
    woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery
    with her in his heart" (Mt 5:27-28, ESV).
♥ In many ways, this Beatitude forms the "heart" of the
 Sermon on the Mount.
  ♥ Jesus, in this Sermon, is greatly concerned with the heart.
  ♥ "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your
    neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your
    enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you
    may be sons of your Father who is in heaven" (Mt 5:43-45,
    ESV).
♥ In many ways, this Beatitude forms the "heart" of the
 Sermon on the Mount.
  ♥ Jesus, in this Sermon, is greatly concerned with the heart.
  ♥ "When you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that
    your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father
    who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will
    reward you" (Mt 6:17-18, ESV).
WE WANT TO LOOK AT
THE "HEART" OF THE
SERMON ON THE
MOUNT.
BLESSED ARE THE
PURE IN HEART.
♥ The biblical heart, rather than the organ in our chests,
 refers to the thinking of man.
♥ The biblical heart, rather than the organ in our chests,
 refers to the thinking of man.
  ♥ It is with the heart that one imagines.
♥ The biblical heart, rather than the organ in our chests,
 refers to the thinking of man.
  ♥ It is with the heart that one imagines: "The LORD saw that
    the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every
    intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil
    continually" (Gn 6:5, ESV).
♥ The biblical heart, rather than the organ in our chests,
 refers to the thinking of man.
  ♥ It is with the heart that one thinks.
♥ The biblical heart, rather than the organ in our chests,
 refers to the thinking of man.
  ♥ It is with the heart that one thinks: "Out of the heart come
    evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft,
    false witness, slander. These are what defile a person" (Mt
    15:19-20, ESV).
♥ The biblical heart, rather than the organ in our chests,
 refers to the thinking of man.
  ♥ It is with the heart that one questions.
♥ The biblical heart, rather than the organ in our chests,
 refers to the thinking of man.
  ♥ It is with the heart that one questions: After Jesus healed a
    paralytic: "Immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that
    they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, 'Why
    do you question these things in your hearts?'" (Mk 2:8).
♥ The biblical heart, rather than the organ in our chests,
 refers to the thinking of man.
  ♥ It is with the heart that one believes.
♥ The biblical heart, rather than the organ in our chests,
 refers to the thinking of man.
  ♥ It is with the heart that one believes: "Because, if you confess
    with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart
    that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Rom
    10:9, ESV).
♥ The biblical heart, rather than the organ in our chests,
 refers to the thinking of man.
  ♥ It is with the heart that one loves.
♥ The biblical heart, rather than the organ in our chests,
 refers to the thinking of man.
  ♥ It is with the heart that one loves: "Having purified your
    souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly
    love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart" (1 Pt 1:22,
    ESV).
JESUS IS CALLING FOR
A PURITY IN OUR
THINKING.
♥ Purity was an important concept, even in the Old
 Testament.
♥ Purity was an important concept, even in the Old
 Testament.
  ♥ "The LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the
    heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your
    God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may
    live" (Deut 30:6, ESV).
♥ Purity was an important concept, even in the Old
 Testament.
  ♥ "The LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the
    heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your
    God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may
    live" (Deut 30:6, ESV).
  ♥ "Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall
    stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure
    heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does
    not swear deceitfully" (Ps 24:3-4, ESV).
♥ Purity was an important concept, even in the Old
  Testament.
♥ Thus, the pure heart for which Jesus calls here was
  not a new concept to his audience.
♥ Purity was an important concept, even in the Old
  Testament.
♥ Thus, the pure heart for which Jesus calls here was
  not a new concept to his audience.
  ♥ Granted, he consistently raises the bar throughout the
    Sermon on the Mount.
♥ Purity was an important concept, even in the Old
  Testament.
♥ Thus, the pure heart for which Jesus calls here was
  not a new concept to his audience.
  ♥ Granted, he consistently raises the bar throughout the
    Sermon on the Mount.
  ♥ But, he isn’t adding something new.
♥ Jesus here contrasts his Gospel with the "gospel" of the
 scribes & Pharisees.
♥ Jesus here contrasts his Gospel with the "gospel" of the
 scribes & Pharisees.
  ♥ They cared greatly about outer righteousness, but they
    generally cared little for true, inner purity.
♥ Jesus here contrasts his Gospel with the "gospel" of the
 scribes & Pharisees.
  ♥ They cared greatly about outer righteousness, but they
    generally cared little for true, inner purity.
    ♥"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the
     outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and
     self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup
     and the plate, that the outside also may be clean" (Mt 23:25-26, ESV).
♥ Jesus here contrasts his Gospel with the "gospel" of the
 scribes & Pharisees.
  ♥ They cared greatly about outer righteousness, but they
    generally cared little for true, inner purity.
    ♥"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like
     whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are
     full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly
     appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and
     lawlessness" (Mt 23:27-28, ESV).
♥ Jesus here contrasts his Gospel with the "gospel" of the
 scribes & Pharisees.
  ♥ They cared greatly about outer righteousness, but they
    generally cared little for true, inner purity.
  ♥ The scribes & Pharisees certainly seem to have had a serious
    heart problem.
♥ Jesus here contrasts his Gospel with the "gospel" of the
 scribes & Pharisees.
  ♥ They cared greatly about outer righteousness, but they
    generally cared little for true, inner purity.
  ♥ The scribes & Pharisees certainly seem to have had a serious
    heart problem.
    ♥They seem to have believed as long as they obeyed the Law & their
     traditions, they didn’t need to worry about purity of heart.
♥ Jesus here contrasts his Gospel with the "gospel" of the
 scribes & Pharisees.
  ♥ They cared greatly about outer righteousness, but they
    generally cared little for true, inner purity.
  ♥ The scribes & Pharisees certainly seem to have had a serious
    heart problem.
    ♥They seem to have believed as long as they obeyed the Law & their
     traditions, they didn’t need to worry about purity of heart.
    ♥Surely, some of them were sincere.
      ♥ Saul of Tarsus was.
♥ Jesus here contrasts his Gospel with the "gospel" of the
 scribes & Pharisees.
  ♥ They cared greatly about outer righteousness, but they
    generally cared little for true, inner purity.
  ♥ The scribes & Pharisees certainly seem to have had a serious
    heart problem.
    ♥They seem to have believed as long as they obeyed the Law & their
     traditions, they didn’t need to worry about purity of heart.
    ♥Surely, some of them were sincere.
      ♥ Saul of Tarsus was—he declared before the Sanhedrin that he had lived
        "before God in all good conscience" (Acts 23:1, ESV).
BUT, THEY HAD
REALITY BACKWARDS.
BUT, THEY HAD
REALITY BACKWARDS.
Inner purity matters!!!
♥ One serious criticism leveled against us in the
 churches of Christ has been that we only care about
 outer purity.
♥ One serious criticism leveled against us in the
 churches of Christ has been that we only care about
 outer purity.
  ♥ The argument goes that by careful adherence to Scripture,
    we lose the heart of the Gospel.
♥ One serious criticism leveled against us in the
 churches of Christ has been that we only care about
 outer purity.
  ♥ The argument goes that by careful adherence to Scripture,
    we lose the heart of the Gospel.
  ♥ But, Jesus never condemned the scribes & Pharisees for
    following God’s Law.
♥ He condemned them for a careful obedience to
 Scripture without a pure heart.
♥ He condemned them for a careful obedience to
 Scripture without a pure heart.
  ♥ "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe
    mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier
    matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These
    you ought to have done, without neglecting the others" (Mt
    23:23 ESV).
♥ He condemned them for a careful obedience to
 Scripture without a pure heart.
  ♥ Mt 23:23.
  ♥ Mint, dill, & cumin are small herbs.
♥ He condemned them for a careful obedience to
 Scripture without a pure heart.
  ♥ Mt 23:23.
  ♥ Mint, dill, & cumin are small herbs.
  ♥ Jesus does not say that tithing the small herbs was improper.
♥ He condemned them for a careful obedience to
 Scripture without a pure heart.
  ♥ Mt 23:23.
  ♥ Mint, dill, & cumin are small herbs.
  ♥ Jesus does not say that tithing the small herbs was improper.
    ♥In fact, he says quite the opposite.
♥ He condemned them for a careful obedience to
 Scripture without a pure heart.
  ♥ Mt 23:23.
  ♥ Mint, dill, & cumin are small herbs.
  ♥ Jesus does not say that tithing the small herbs was improper.
    ♥In fact, he says quite the opposite: "These [justice, mercy, &
     faithfulness] you ought to have done, without neglecting the others
     [tithing small herbs]."
♥ He condemned them for a careful obedience to
 Scripture without a pure heart.
  ♥ Mt 23:23.
  ♥ Mint, dill, & cumin are small herbs.
  ♥ Jesus does not say that tithing the small herbs was improper.
    ♥In fact, he says quite the opposite: "These [justice, mercy, &
     faithfulness] you ought to have done, without neglecting the others
     [tithing small herbs]."
    ♥The tithing was appropriate; their hearts weren’t.
♥ Jesus did condemn the scribes & Pharisees for placing
 their traditions above Scripture.
♥ Jesus did condemn the scribes & Pharisees for placing
 their traditions above Scripture.
  ♥ In their wealth of tradition, the scribes & Pharisees declared
    that one could keep from taking care of parents by giving a
    gift to God (Mt 15:3-6).
♥ Jesus did condemn the scribes & Pharisees for placing
 their traditions above Scripture.
  ♥ In their wealth of tradition, the scribes & Pharisees declared
    that one could keep from taking care of parents by giving a
    gift to God (Mt 15:3-6).
  ♥ Jesus says, "For the sake of your tradition you have made
    void the word of God" (Mt 15:6, ESV).
♥ But, I’m sure that some brethren have the heart of the
 scribes & Pharisees.
♥ But, I’m sure that some brethren have the heart of the
 scribes & Pharisees.
  ♥ They think as long as they are faithful in externals, God
    doesn’t care about the heart.
♥ But, I’m sure that some brethren have the heart of the
 scribes & Pharisees.
  ♥ They think as long as they are faithful in externals, God
    doesn’t care about the heart.
  ♥ Please don’t misunderstand me, for we have already said it’s
    important to obey God’s commandments.
♥ But, I’m sure that some brethren have the heart of the
 scribes & Pharisees.
  ♥ They think as long as they are faithful in externals, God
    doesn’t care about the heart.
  ♥ Please don’t misunderstand me, for we have already said it’s
    important to obey God’s commandments.
  ♥ But, we must also be careful that our hearts are right before
    God.
♥ There are two inappropriate extremes to which we can
 go.
♥ There are two inappropriate extremes to which we can
 go.
  ♥ One is to say that as long as we are sincere, God doesn’t care
    what we do.
♥ There are two inappropriate extremes to which we can
 go.
  ♥ One is to say that as long as we are sincere, God doesn’t care
    what we do.
       ♥Tell that to Saul of Tarsus who had lived before God in all good
        conscience, but was lost!
♥ There are two inappropriate extremes to which we can
 go.
  ♥ One is to say that as long as we are sincere, God doesn’t care
    what we do.
       ♥Tell that to Saul of Tarsus who had lived before God in all good
        conscience, but was lost!
       ♥Tell that to Cornelius who was "a devout man who feared God" (Acts
        10:2, ESV), but was lost until he obeyed the Gospel!
♥ There are two inappropriate extremes to which we can
 go.
  ♥ One is to say that as long as we are sincere, God doesn’t care
    what we do.
  ♥ The other is to say that God only cares about the externals.
♥ There are two inappropriate extremes to which we can
 go.
  ♥ One is to say that as long as we are sincere, God doesn’t care
    what we do.
  ♥ The other is to say that God only cares about the externals.
       ♥Tell that to the scribes & Pharisees who had their externals right, but
        whom Jesus condemned as hypocrites.
♥ There are two inappropriate extremes to which we can
 go.
  ♥ One is to say that as long as we are sincere, God doesn’t care
    what we do.
  ♥ The other is to say that God only cares about the externals.
       ♥Tell that to the scribes & Pharisees who had their externals right, but
        whom Jesus condemned as hypocrites.
       ♥It’s not either/or. It’s both/and. Our externals AND our hearts need to
        be right before God.
♥ It certainly also seems that Jesus is concerned that we
 serve God with all of our heart.
♥ It certainly also seems that Jesus is concerned that we
 serve God with all of our heart.
  ♥ God has always required service with the whole heart.
♥ It certainly also seems that Jesus is concerned that we
 serve God with all of our heart.
  ♥ God has always required service with the whole heart.
    ♥"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all
     your soul and with all your might" (Deut 6:5, ESV).
♥ It certainly also seems that Jesus is concerned that we
 serve God with all of our heart.
  ♥ God has always required service with the whole heart.
    ♥"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all
     your soul and with all your might" (Deut 6:5, ESV).
    ♥"Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my
     heart to fear your name. I give thanks to you, O LORD my God, with
     my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever" (Ps 86:11-12,
     ESV).
♥ It certainly also seems that Jesus is concerned that we
 serve God with all of our heart.
  ♥ God has always required service with the whole heart.
  ♥ It is unacceptable to have God locked in a "box" where he
    only reigns over part of our lives.
HOW CAN WE HAVE A
PURE HEART?
♥ In a very real sense, we cannot have a pure heart.
♥ In a very real sense, we cannot have a pure heart.
   ♥ Because we are sinful, we can never hope to have a pure
     heart.
♥ In a very real sense, we cannot have a pure heart.
   ♥ Because we are sinful, we can never hope to have a pure
     heart.
     ♥"Who can say, 'I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin"?
      (Prov 20:9, ESV).
♥ In a very real sense, we cannot have a pure heart.
   ♥ Because we are sinful, we can never hope to have a pure
     heart.
     ♥"Who can say, 'I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin"?
      (Prov 20:9, ESV).
     ♥"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in
      us" (1 Jn 1:8, ESV).
♥ In a very real sense, we cannot have a pure heart.
   ♥ Because we are sinful, we can never hope to have a pure
     heart.
   ♥ Therefore, we need God to purify our hearts.
♥ In a very real sense, we cannot have a pure heart.
   ♥ Because we are sinful, we can never hope to have a pure
     heart.
   ♥ Therefore, we need God to purify our hearts.
     ♥"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me"
      (Ps 51:10, ESV).
♥ In a very real sense, we cannot have a pure heart.
   ♥ Because we are sinful, we can never hope to have a pure
     heart.
   ♥ Therefore, we need God to purify our hearts.
     ♥"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me"
      (Ps 51:10, ESV).
     ♥When Peter spoke about Cornelius & his household at the Jerusalem
      Conference, he attributed the cleansing of their hearts to God: "God,
      who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy
      Spirit just as he did to us, and he made no distinction between us and
      them, having cleansed their hearts (Acts 15:8-9, ESV).
♥ Yet, God only cleans our heart when we come to him.
♥ Yet, God only cleans our heart when we come to him.
  ♥ "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
    with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and
    our bodies washed with pure water" (Heb 10:22, ESV).
♥ Yet, God only cleans our heart when we come to him.
  ♥ "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
    with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and
    our bodies washed with pure water" (Heb 10:22, ESV).
  ♥ "Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth
    for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from
    a pure heart" (1 Pt 1:22, ESV).
♥ Yet, God only cleans our heart when we come to him.
  ♥ "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
    with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and
    our bodies washed with pure water" (Heb 10:22, ESV).
  ♥ "Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth
    for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from
    a pure heart" (1 Pt 1:22, ESV).
♥ Therefore, when we respond to the Gospel, God
  purifies our hearts through Jesus’ blood.
BUT, WE HAVE AN
OBLIGATION TO KEEP
OUR HEARTS CLEAN.
♥ We can keep our hearts pure through Scripture.
♥ We can keep our hearts pure through Scripture.
  ♥ "How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it
    according to your word" (Ps 119:9, ESV).
♥ We can keep our hearts pure through Scripture.
  ♥ "How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it
    according to your word" (Ps 119:9, ESV).
  ♥ If we want a pure heart, we need to spend time with the
    Word of God.
♥ We must also make a covenant with our hearts to
 keep them pure.
♥ We must also make a covenant with our hearts to
 keep them pure.
  ♥ Job made such a covenant with his eyes.
♥ We must also make a covenant with our hearts to
 keep them pure.
  ♥ Job made such a covenant with his eyes.
    ♥"I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a
     virgin?" (Job 31:1, ESV).
♥ We must also make a covenant with our hearts to
 keep them pure.
  ♥ Job made such a covenant with his eyes.
    ♥"I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a
     virgin?" (Job 31:1, ESV).
    ♥Job determined not to look at a virgin lustfully; therefore, he did not.
♥ We must also make a covenant with our hearts to
 keep them pure.
  ♥ Job made such a covenant with his eyes.
  ♥ We need to make just such a commitment with our hearts.
♥ We must also make a covenant with our hearts to
 keep them pure.
  ♥ Job made such a covenant with his eyes.
  ♥ We need to make just such a commitment with our hearts.
    ♥"Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life"
     (Prov 4:23, ESV).
♥ We must also make a covenant with our hearts to
 keep them pure.
  ♥ Job made such a covenant with his eyes.
  ♥ We need to make just such a commitment with our hearts.
    ♥"Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life"
     (Prov 4:23, ESV).
    ♥Have you made such a commitment?
THEY SHALL SEE GOD
♥ A pure heart provides entrance into heaven where
 God is.
♥ A pure heart provides entrance into heaven where
 God is.
  ♥ "Nothing unclean will ever enter it [the heavenly city], nor
    anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those
    who are written in the Lamb's book of life" (Rev 21:27, ESV).
♥ A pure heart provides entrance into heaven where
 God is.
  ♥ "Nothing unclean will ever enter it [the heavenly city], nor
    anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those
    who are written in the Lamb's book of life" (Rev 21:27, ESV).
  ♥ "They will see his face, and his name will be on their
    foreheads" (Rev 22:4, ESV).
♥ However, we can also see God in this life.
♥ However, we can also see God in this life.
  ♥ Granted, we cannot see God with our physical eye.
♥ However, we can also see God in this life.
  ♥ Granted, we cannot see God with our physical eye.
  ♥ God to Moses: "You cannot see my face, for man shall not see
    me and live" (Ex 33:20, ESV).
♥ However, we can also see God in this life.
♥ We can see God through faith.
♥ However, we can also see God in this life.
♥ We can see God through faith.
  ♥ Moses saw God through faith.
♥ However, we can also see God in this life.
♥ We can see God through faith.
  ♥ Moses saw God through faith.
  ♥ "By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the
    king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible" (Heb
    11:27, ESV).
♥ However, we can also see God in this life.
♥ We can see God through faith.
♥ We see God through the glory of the Gospel.
♥ However, we can also see God in this life.
♥ We can see God through faith.
♥ We see God through the glory of the Gospel.
  ♥ "In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of
    the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the
    gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God" (2
    Cor 4:4, ESV).
♥ However, we can also see God in this life.
♥ We can see God through faith.
♥ We see God through the glory of the Gospel.
  ♥ "In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of
    the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the
    gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God" (2
    Cor 4:4, ESV).
  ♥ Notice that those who fail to see the glory of Christ—the
    image of God—have impure hearts.
♥ However, we can also see God in this life.
♥ We can see God through faith.
♥ We see God through the glory of the Gospel.
♥ Doing right allows us to see God.
♥ However, we can also see God in this life.
♥ We can see God through faith.
♥ We see God through the glory of the Gospel.
♥ Doing right allows us to see God.
  ♥ "Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does
    good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God" (3 Jn
    11, ESV).
♥ However, we can also see God in this life.
♥ We can see God through faith.
♥ We see God through the glory of the Gospel.
♥ Doing right allows us to see God.
  ♥ "Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does
    good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God" (3 Jn
    11, ESV).
  ♥ By implication, the opposite would also be true: Whoever
    does good has seen God.
HAVE YOU SEEN GOD
THROUGH FAITH?
HAVE YOU SEEN GOD
THROUGH FAITH?
Are you expecting to see him
when this world is no more?

				
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