Mathew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Mathew 5:45 That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Mathew5:48 Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Luke 6:36 Be you therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Our Lord opens His teaching session about God with a shocking revelation. He awakens the dark minds of His disciples with words that no man has ever spoken, nor had no man ever heard. This revelation was not meant for the multitudes. He calls His disciples to Himself up in the mountains away from the multitudes and talks plainly to them about who they were and the kind of life they are expected to live because of who they were.
For the first time in thousands of years, God through Christ speaks to men and tells them who they are – children of God. They are His children. It is very important that we notice what Jesus did not do. He did not start off with the great doctrines of the Bible as men would tend to do. However, it is very important that we do see and know that Jesus DID start with the great doctrines of Kingdom of God as He does. He instructs these men that they are God’s children; lost but His, dead but His, in bondage but His, ignorant but His, of little faith but His, in sin but His!!
Jesus wastes no time and moves on to tell these men who are God’s children that they must live in this world like God’s children. Because of who they are, their day to day living must reflect where they came from, they must reflect their Father.
In the very beginning of time and creation, God established a principle of life that is true of all of His creation. What He created begets after it’s own kind. An apple tree produces apples. Inside the apples are apple seeds which in turn when planted correctly will always produce a tree after it’s own kind, another apple tree. God then produces children that are like Him, after His kind. You are made in the image and likeness of God as a result of being born again, not of the will of the flesh, nor the will of man, but by the Spirit of God. The new birth as Jesus taught is absolutely necessary. Now we can see why. No one can be a child of God unless he or she is born of God. All of my children are mine because they are born of me. Only those who are born of me can rightfully claim to be my children. The same is true of God, only those born of Him can rightly claim to be His children. This is not a difficult thing to understand. It is natural among us to understand it. Are you a child of God?
Jesus taught them that how they live from day to day must show that God is their Father. Because God is their Father, Jesus points them to their Father how He deals with all kinds of people particularly enemies, and the unjust. Being born of God is the all important first step. Now being born of God one must live like an offspring of God; like Father like son.
Now this was a radical lesson that Jesus taught. But it is one that is practical to everyone who Knows that they are one of God’s children.
There is another lesson in what Jesus taught as well. Without the Spirit of God in a man, there is no way that a man can in fact live this kind of life. This is the kind of life God has always intended for man to live. At first we were made in the image and likeness of God. He wanted it that way. Anything short of that misses the mark God gave for man. In fact, man living less than that is not a “real” man, but something less than man as God intended man to be.
Sooner or later His disciples will have to come to Jesus and find out how it is that a man can live as a child of God in this present world. Later on Jesus will reveal that not even He the Son of God can do anything of Himself, but the Father who was living in Him did it all. At this point His disciples did not know this.
Questions to consider:
What about you?
Do you know who you are?
Is God really your Father?
Do you know how you are to live as a child of God?
How would you describe how you relate to your enemies, and to the unjust?
Can others see your good works and give God the glory and not you?
Can your life be explained without God?
Is it obvious that the kind of life you are living requires God?