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CHRISTIANS AS BRETHREN:

PERSONAL CHARACTER AND CONDUCT

LESSON SIX


INTRODUCTION:  

1.  Jesus stresses the character of our heart as a priority in life.  

a. Cleanse first the inside so the outside can be clean also (Matt. 23:25-26, Luke 11:37-41).

b. It would not satisfy Jesus if there were no acts of adultery – while the lust for a woman roamed free in the heart (Matt. 5:27-28).

2. A pure heart would eliminate much of the world’s ills (Matthew 15:18-19).

a. Murders

b. Unwed mothers and families without fathers (fornications and adulteries)

c. Thefts (breaking into homes and businesses)

d. Ruining the life of others through slander (false witness and railings)

3. But Jesus does not direct our focus on the heart as solving this world’s social ills but seeks to anchor our character with a pure heart focusing on the promise: “for they shall see God.”

a. Admitted into His presence (cf. Exodus 10:28-29)

b. In awe of His glorious holiness (Job 42:5)

c. Comforted by His merciful grace (Psm.27:7-9)


I. BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART… (Matthew 5:8)

A. A heart void of idols – a necessity of being admitted into God’s presence (Psalm 24:3-4)

1 Question: Who shall stand in His holy place?

2. Answer:  He that clean hands and a pure heart.

3. Description: who has not lifted soul unto falsehood; hath not sword deceitfully.  

B. A heart characterized as having a good conscience and unfeigned faith – not believing one thing and acting differently (I Timothy 1:5, Prov. 3:5, Acts 15:9).

C. A heart “singularly” focused on God (James 4:8)

                        1. Pure heart is not “doubleminded”

2. not focused on friendship with the world – adulteress (James 4:4)

3. Loving God with the whole heart (Matt. 22:37)


II. “…FOR THEY SHALL SEE GOD”

A. Purified by the Gospel essential to “seeing God” – comforted by His grace; accepted in His eternal presence (Rev.                     21:27, I Pet. 1:22, Acts 15:9, I Jn. 3:3)

B. A pure heart and a holy life essential to “seeing God” – accepted in His holy presence (Heb. 12:14, I Pet. 1:15).

C. A wisdom with a priority on purity before peace (James 3:17, cf. I Cor. 5:7-8) – accepted in His holy presence.  


QUESTIONS:


1. Jesus came to:

a. break our bad habits.

b. clean our hearts.

c. change our environment.


2. What three ways can we view “seeing God?”


3. According to 2 Thess. 1:9-10 What is the negative side and positive side of “seeing God” in the Judgment?


4. What “idols” in our life can keep us from having a “pure heart?”


5. Why is a “good conscience” and “unfeigned faith” essential to a pure heart?


6. Why is being “doubleminded” contradictory to having a “pure heart.”  


7. What must be settled first before there can be peace with brethren?