From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
—Matthew 4:17 (KJV)
With [Jesus] the new age had dawned, and the rule of God had broken into history. “Repent,” he cried, “for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Indeed, “He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom.”
The Sermon on the Mount, then, is to be seen in this context. It portrays the repentance (metonoia, the complete change of mind) and the righteousness which belong to the kingdom. That is, it describes what human life and humanity look like when they come under the gracious rule of God.
... John R. W. Stott (1921-2011), Sermon on the Mount , InterVarsity Press, 2000, p. 5 (see the book)
See also Matt. 4:17; Lev. 11:44; Ps. 37:37; Matt. 4:23; 5:48; 6:8; 10:7; Mark 1:15; Luke 6:35-36; 1 Cor. 7:1; 13:11; Col. 1:28; 1 Pet. 1:15-16
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, may Your presence and will be known to all Your people.
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