What does Matthew 5:41-47 mean to a believer?
VS 41 – As Christians we should be willing to go the second mile and put in the extra effort. Back in “Bible days,” a roman could beckon a Jewish man to carry his luggage for a mile. However, Christ taught that the Jewish man should carry the luggage for an extra mile! What a great testimony to the Romans that the Jews allowed themselves to serve others with their time and abilities.
VS 42 – We should be willing to help others who are in need – not just by sharing our possessions with them, but also by giving them our time when they need help. We should also be willing to give and help others without expecting to get something back from them in return.
What does Matthew 5:1-12 mean to a believer?
This portion of Scripture has to be one of my absolute favorites among my many favorite passages.
Jesus was always teaching people – regardless of whether He opened His mouth to speak or simply lived His life in and out of every day. The truths taught in this passage of Scripture could have been learned simply by watching the life of the Savior without Him every teaching the Beatitudes from the mountain-top.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” We as mere human beings are nothing in and of ourselves, but in Christ we have everything we could ever want or need. We may not have much as far as riches go here on earth, but one day we will take up residence in Heaven.
What does Romans 8 mean to a new believer?
Many people, prior to salvation, believe that they must earn or work their way to Heaven. However, the Bible says: “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us” (Romans 8:3-4a).
The law couldn’t save us; our works couldn’t save us; so God sent His only begotten Son to live a sinless life and die upon a cross in our place. Because of His sacrifice, we can be saved by trusting in Christ as our personal Savior. When we accept Christ as our Savior, the justice of our Holy God is satisfied and “the righteousness of the law… [is] fulfilled in us” (8:4a). We see later in the chapter that God “spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all” (8:32). Christ died and suffered separation from His Father that we might never have to spend eternity in Hell.
What does Romans 6 mean to a new believer?
If we look at the ending of the previous chapter we read these words: “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:” (Romans 5:20). Chapter 6 starts off with a question: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” (6:1).
When we receive Christ as our personal Savior, our “old man” (who we were before we were saved) is dead – for Christ died for ALL the sins of man: PAST, present and future. Our sins died with Christ that day! Likewise, just like Christ rose from the dead 3 days later, we are also made alive in Christ and given the power to live the abundant Christian life.