Matthew 5:10-12 (705)

       A.  Our study of the beatitudes has brought us to the last beatitude.
       B.  We will consider these verses to apply to one beatitude which is recorded in verse ten.

   I.  “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:”  Mt. 5:10

       A.  Persecution is evil treatment on a religious account.  Examples:

             1.  Persecution takes the form of disrespect, criticism, ridicule, ____________________
                  and the Christian’s company being avoided.  Luke 6:22 (756)

             2.  The extent of persecution in the first century was upon property, family and relatives,
                   one’s good name and life.

             3.  In parts of the World today, thousands of Christians have been executed or forced to
                  flee ancient Christian communities.

       B.  Why are people persecuted according to Matthew 5:10?  “For righteousness’ sake:” Vv

             1.  Christians make a profession of Christ and His saving power. This is opposed
                  by the ungodly so they retaliate.  John 15:18-25 (795)

  II.  “For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Mt. 5:10

       A.  Persecuted disciples would receive the benefits associated with the kingdom that Christ
             would establish.  Matthew 16:13-19 (717); v18-church; v19 kingdom of heaven (rule of
             God from heaven)

            1.  The benefits are for this life.  2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (855)

            2.  The benefits are also eternal.  1 Peter 4:12-19 (897); Matthew 5:11-12a;
                 Revelation 21:1-5 (916);

III.  “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad.”  Mt. 5:12

       A.  Why?  1) persecution is brief 2 Cor. 4:17-18 (854).  2) persecution is for righteous
             cause. 1 Peter 4:16 (897).  3) Many have been persecuted.  2 Tim. 3:11-12 (880).  The
             Lord will comfort us in persecution (2 Tim. 3:11) or take us out by death (Rev.2:10);
             5) Whatever we must face, we will receive an inheritance.  Romans 8:17-18 (834)

Closing.  This brings us to the end of the study of the beatitudes.