The Beatitudes, part 12

John MacArthur
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The Old Testament ends with a warning of a curse: “…lest I come and smite the earth with a curse” Mal. 4:6. In juxtaposition to the Old Testament, the New Testament begins with a promise of blessing during Jesus Christ’s Sermon on the Mount. We call these blessings The Beatitudes.
The Old Testament law demonstrates man’s need for salvation. The New Testament offers a Savior – the Lord Jesus Christ. The Beatitudes explain the reason for cursing and indicate that man does not possess his own righteousness by which he could escape the wrath of God. The blessedness Christ offers is not dependent on self-effort or self-righteousness, but on the new nature God gives.
Christ offers blessings instead of cursing to those who sincerely accept righteousness and salvation on His terms.

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