Gospel of Matthew Immortality Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter:Verse)
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [...] Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (NRSV 5:3-10)
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [...] Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (KJV 5:3-10)
A verbal contract promising the kingdom of heaven? Not bad. Does Jesus ever explain why the poor and the persecuted get the goods?
"Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (NRSV 5:19)
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (KJV 5:19)
Sounds easy enough. Just do what Jesus says and get a VIP pass into heaven, right? But wait. What about those rich people who have to get a camel through the eye of a needle first?
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven." (NRSV 7:21)
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (KJV 7:21)
You've got to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. This reminds us of a couple other things from Matthew: (1) The parable of the two sons. Check it out in 21:28-32. (2) All the talk of hypocrisy—you can't say one thing and do the other.