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Bible with Cross ShadowAs I mentioned in my last article, harmonizing the sayings of Jesus Christ uncovers additional depths of understanding for doing them. For example, Luke’s Beatitudes add a physical, down to earth perspective to Matthew’s account. Both are true; encouraging us that Jesus was concerned about, and speaking to, all aspects of our lives.

Listed below is a collection of the passages in Mark, Luke and John that can be harmonized with the sayings we have been considering in Matthew. I encourage you to use this tool, under the Holy Spirit’s tutelage, to search deeper into the mysteries of God that are hidden in the Sermon on the Mount. You will be further encouraged, edified and equipped in the building of your strong house.

The Beatitudes – Matthew 5:2-12; Luke 6:20-23

Salt of the Earth – Matthew 5:13; Mark 10:50; Luke 14:34-35

The Lamp under a Bushel – Matthew 5:14-15; Mark 4:21-23; Luke 8:16-18; Luke 11:33; John 8:12

Fulfillment of the Law – Matthew 5:17-18; Luke 16:17

Agree with your Adversary – Matthew 5:25-26; Luke 12:58-59

Jesus Warns of Offences – Matthew 5:29-30; Mark 9:43-48

Marriage is Sacred and Binding – Matthew 5:31-32; Luke 16:18

Go the Second Mile – Matthew 5:38-42; Luke 6:27-30

Love your Enemies – Matthew 5:43-48; Luke 6:32-36

The Lord’s Prayer – Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4

Forgiveness – Matthew 6:14-15; Mark 11:25-26

Lay up Treasures in Heaven – Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 12:33-34

The Lamp of the Body – Matthew 6:22-23; Luke 11:34-36

Faithfulness with Riches – Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:10-13

Seek the Kingdom – Matthew 6:25-34; Luke 12:22-32

Judging, Condemning, and Measuring – Matthew 7:1-5; Mark 4:24-25; Luke 6:37-42

Ask, Seek and Knock – Matthew 7:7-11; Luke 11:9-13

Proactively Good – Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31

Discourse on Holiness – Matthew 7:13-14; Luke 13:22-24

The Test of a Good Person – Matthew 7:15-20; Luke 6:43-45

Do the Will of the Father – Matthew 7:21-23; Luke 6:46

Do What I Say – Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 6:47-49

Please share anything you discover. It will be a blessing to all that follow the inLight Adventure blog.

In closing (for this article and series), I want to recognize, and express my gratitude for, the revelation and encouragement this project has been. Our Father is persistent and long-suffering with His children. His Son desires the best for His church and bride. The Holy Spirit has been energetic in His teaching and exhortation. I believe my house is stronger; prepared for the storm that is coming. I pray and hope yours is the same.

Humbly yours and forever His,

Bible with Cross ShadowTo wrap up our survey of the sayings of Jesus, we shift our attention to Luke’s Gospel. Here we find several passages that harmonize with those of Matthew. We also find a couple of interesting additions.

Harmonizing the two accounts uncovers additional depths of understanding. For example, Luke’s Beatitudes add a physical, down to earth perspective to Matthew’s account. Both are true; encouraging us that Jesus was concerned about, and speaking to, all aspects of our lives.

We will come back to the harmonies sometime soon. For now, I would like to focus on a particular addition in Luke’s account: Jesus’ pronouncement of woes.

But woe to you who are rich,
For you have received your consolation.
Woe to you who are full,
For you shall hunger.
Woe to you who laugh now,
For you shall mourn and weep.
Woe to you when all men speak well of you,
For so did their fathers to the false prophets.
Luke 6:24-26

These woes represent life in, and for, the world. Interestingly, they match well with “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life”; those things of the world we are warned will pass away (1John 2:17). Furthermore, if we love the world, or the things of the world, the love of the Father is not in us (v. 15).

One chapter later, John says the same thing about the one who has this world’s goods and shuts up his heart to his brother in need (1John 3:17): “How can the love of God be in him?” These are strong words of warning; words that warrant strong consideration. Read the rest of this entry »

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