Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
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Brian A. Yeager





I. Introduction:
    A. In our last lesson we talked about how we are not supposed to be a
    vindictive people (Luke 9:51-56).
    B. Again, as in our last lesson, we will not be talking about “doing
    good” or being “benevolent” to our spiritual enemies.  Notice the
    difference on how evil workers are dealt with when one does want to
    change and the other doesn’t (Acts 8:9-13; Acts 13:6-12).
    1. We know that “loving our enemies” (in the way often thought),
    does not apply to our spiritual warfare (Romans 12:9, and
    Revelation 2:6; 15).
    a. You cannot separate sin from the sinner (Matthew 7:15-20).
    b. For those who say it is “Christ-like” and loving to embrace
    all men of every sin, consider their ignorance (Hebrews 1:8-9
    {same Greek term “Agapao” for love as in Matthew 5:44).
    2. Those who sin ought to disgust us, as in love we try to change
    them (Revelation 3:14-20).

II. Body: A CONTEXT AGAINST A MINDSET OF VENGEANCE in regards to
our lives in society (Matthew 5:43-47).
    Verse 43: Again, as we’ve talked about over and over, we are seeing
    what was the Law versus what is NOW the Law of Christ (Hebrews 7:
    12)!
    •        It was said to love thy neighbor (Leviticus 19:18), which has
    not changed (James 2:8-9).
    •        But, hate [detest] your enemy (Deuteronomy 33:27).
    •        Old Law still did not teach hatefulness (Exodus 23:4-5).
    Verse 44: Now, instead of hating [detesting] the enemy [again, CARNAL
    ENEMIES] and destroying them, we should be loving towards them (I
    John 4:10).
    •        This is not teaching friendship with the world (I John 2:15-17
    and James 4:4).
    •        We can hate evildoers with a right attitude (Psalms 139:21-22)
    and want to save their souls at the same time (Romans 5:8-10 and
    Colossians 1:20-21).
    •        What would real love [same Greek term; Agapao #25] do
    (Hebrews 12:6)?
    •        Again, those who become our spiritual enemies find a
    different meaning (Matthew 12:30, Proverbs 6:6-19, Titus 3:10-11,
    and Matthew 18:15-17).
    •        Consider the Jews CARNAL hatred toward Gentiles in the
    flesh and how that stood in the way of salvation for both (Acts 13:
    41-51).
    •        Doing good to our enemies does a bit in teaching and more
    as well (Romans 12:20-21).
    •        Why should we pray for those who persecute and abuse us (I
    Timothy 2:1-4; cf. II Peter 3:9-10)?
    Verse 45: Loving our neighbor in the flesh is a good attitude (Luke 10:
    25-37).
    •        Why does God give blessings to the just and the unjust (Acts
    14:10-18)?
    •        Therefore, how can we make our godly presence known if
    our actions are vengeful rather than instructive (Proverbs 11:17;
    21:21, and Psalms 18:24-26)?
    Verse 46: Our love must be extended to those outside of Christ as well,
    for if not the Gospel will proceed no further (again, cf. Revelation 3:19).
    •        Again, you have to take this in light of other passages that
    show us what occurs when people reject the truth (Matthew 7:6).
    •        We must also understand this passage in light of: I
    Corinthians 15:33, Ephesians 5:11, etc.
    •        This does not change how we’ll be treated either (Matthew 10:
    22 and John 15:18-20).
    Verse 47: Again, we know this greeting does not apply to our spiritual
    warfare (II John 9-11), but to a general application of kindness (cf. I
    Corinthians 5:9-13).

III. Conclusion: Proverbs 24:17-20



© 2008 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain.  Use this as a tool
for your own studies if such is helpful!   Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my
work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies.  –
Brian A. Yeager
The Sermon On The Mount (Part 10)
Matthew 5:43-47