This paper shows how Christ’s perspective on the Old Testament is evident within each of the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount. The Beatitudes are foundational to the expectations of the character, attitude, and hope that is expected for those who are part of the kingdom of heaven. However, today the message of Jesus is being twisted into a doctrine focused more on how it makes someone feel versus cultivating the character traits that Jesus calls blessed in the Beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-10; Luke 6:20-22). This problem begs this question: Was Jesus teaching something new or contrary to the Law as taught by the Holy Scriptures? The overall strategy of this paper is to focus in on Matthew’s list of Beatitudes and perform Biblical exegesis and interpretative research on each pronouncement. By examining and analyzing some of the proposed source(s) of each Beatitude, one will conclude these teachings are not unique to Jesus, but are solidly grounded in the Old Testament Scriptures. As a result, Christians should earnestly desire to have the same inerrant view of the Scriptures that Jesus had.
Boone, Trent J.
"Christ’s Perspective of the Holy Scriptures: How the Beatitudes were not Unique to Jesus,"
Diligence: Journal of the Liberty University Online Religion Capstone in Research and Scholarship: Vol. 1
, Article 17.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/djrc/vol1/iss1/17