Kingdom of Man

A Message from a Kingdom Man

The Sermon on the Mount [pt. 1]

Luke 6: 20 Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, For yours is the kingdom of God.1

When we come to todays text we see Jesus preaching what is called the sermon on the Mount. It is known to be one of the greatest sermons ever preached by the Christ.

No other preacher in history has ever been able to reduplicate it or imitate it. It is a text that informs, instructs and impacts generations around the world.

In fact it is the hall mark of his preaching ministry and the evidence that his proclamation could make a man desire God more than any had ever had before.

This sermon is more than words…it's more than expression, it's more than random thoughts, it's a divine collaboration of destiny and direction for living in the right now and not yet.

It is the expression of God to reveal to a people who they are while they have not yet attained into who they think they should be.

In fact, we read these words as a call to worship…we read these words as a devotional expression, we read these words as words of inspiration, but today I want to preach them as words for spiritual formation.

May the Lord bless us as we travel through this portion of the text, and may we come to understand who we are in Christ as a result of this study.


It was the morning after he had prayed all night long before choosing his Apostles.

HE was in the mountain spending time with the father and getting direction for his earthly ministry.

When the morning came he assembled the 12 from a crowd of many disciples, who were waiting on him to teach them about how to live on earth and prepare for life in eternity.

This crowd that he is speaking too are a crowd of disciples. They have come from all over the region… the country, city, small towns, etc. They have come to be taught by the rabbi, loved by the rabbi, informed by the rabbi, trained by the rabbi, and most of all empowered by the rabbi.

I’m sure they thought they were going to hear something today that they had never heard before.

And that’s why I am glad that you are here today, because everyday with Jesus is sweeter than the day before.

There are two things that I think we can learn from this verse this morning, and they are about The Disciples Position with Christ and the Disciples Promise in Christ.

I. The Disciples Position

Blessed are you poor,

Here in the beginning of his sermon Jesus starts off the message by making a declaration to the crowds that have come to hear him. His declaration entails the position that they have with him as followers and disciples.

Again they have been waiting all night long… they have been sitting on the mountainside. They have been anticipating this moment with the rabbi. When he speaks he delivers a word that they had never heard before.

He says that they were blessed because of their position… “they were poor!”

This was almost a paradoxical statement because being poor and thinking you were blessed didn’t go together…

Warren Wiersbe says... The people who followed Jesus were, for the most part, poor people who lived from hand to mouth, and they lived one day at a time. They envied the rich and longed to be like them.2

But here Jesus in his sermon informs them that as disciples, things are not what they appear to be…

He reveals for us that there is a difference between the way things look in heaven and the way that they appear on earth… He says, in Heaven the poor are blessed because they are poor!

Let me explain…
The word blessed in this text is properly pronounced as makarios… it is a Greek word that means to be Happy. He is saying happy are the poor. Because something really good is on your side. “Happy are you who are poor”… The poor in this text is a different kind of poor than we have in North America.

Can I turn the light on?
This is not the poor that you and I think of when we hear the word …

Jesus is not talking about being North American resource-poor….

To be resource-poor, in that world meant you had nothing… Let me explain what resource poor is….

Can I say some more?

Here is the Meaning of the Passage
‘Looking at his disciples, he said, “Blessed are you who are poor…

In this passage he is talking about those that have elected to choose poverty for righteousness’ sake; those who forsake the material comforts of this world in order to seek a higher calling for the sake of the kingdom of God.

There are countless people, servants of Christ, whose whole lives are a sacrifice of service to Christ. Some have foregone higher salaries, in order to be servants of Christ. Those who suffer poverty for righteousness’ sake are singled out for a particular blessing of God. These are the people who look for their fulfillment in life upon the approval of God, and who see their own value as a reflection of the blessing of the King.

David Livingstone was a Scottish missionary and explorer who spent thirty-three years in the heart of Africa. He endured much suffering as he labored to spread the Gospel and open the continent to missionaries. This godly missionary once remarked:

“People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay?...It is emphatically no sacrifice. I Say rather it is a privilege. Anxiety, sickness, suffering, or danger now and then with a foregoing of the common conveniences and charities of this life, may make us pause, and cause the spirit to waver, and the soul to sink, but let this only be for a moment. All these are nothing when compared with the glory which shall hereafter be revealed in us. I never made a sacrifice. Of this we ought not to talk, when we remember the great sacrifice which HE made who left his Father’s throne on high to give himself for us.”

Did you catch it?
The missionary gave up everything, to serve Lord and did not consider it a sacrifice at all. Yet this is exactly the kind of poverty that Jesus is talking about. Jesus says to the disciples on the mountain side that you have a divine position and you are blessed! Here it is… We will discover in this passage that this text has a promise and a future blessing in it. Jesus is saying that those who are poor towards this world, but rich towards God, enjoy a special privilege in God’s kingdom.3

A Russian countess accepted the Lord Jesus as her Savior and was open about her testimony. The Tsar was displeased and threw her into prison. After 24 hours with the lowest level of Russian society, in the most miserable conditions imaginable, he ordered her brought into his presence. He smiled sarcastically and said, “Well, are you ready now to renounce your silly faith and come back to the pleasures of the court?” To his surprise, the countess smiled serenely and said, “I have known more real joy and more real happiness in one day in prison with Jesus than I have known in a lifetime in the courts of the Tsar.”

She found out what it was to be blessed with Jesus and to be poor in the Spirit. Can I get a witness?

II. The Disciples Promise

For yours is the kingdom of God.4

Here we discover that if you are poor in righteousness…you have received a divine promise from Jesus. You are rich in the things of God. Jesus says “Yours is the Kingdom!” The word Kingdom here is the word basileia. This word means the Rule and reign of God in your hearts! It is the word that regulates the difference between what the believer thinks about things and what the unbeliever thinks about things… Once again, Jesus is saying blessed are you if you suffer poverty for me, for you will have what I have in glory. 

Secondly he is saying, because of the rule and reign of God you can have the kingdom of God. Having possession of the Kingdom of God means that you have been given, the kingdom mind. And the Kingdom mind does not care about the riches of this world. 

Here it is….

Blessed are you poor. Those that are poor in righteousness have something that money cannot buy….

“For yours is the kingdom of God.”

Can I say some more?
Because you have the Kingdom of God…The kingdom mind lives in an unshakable location…

The kingdom mind lives in the rule and reign of God.

What is the rule and reign of God?

Its that place where God is in charge of whatever comes your way…

What is the rule and reign of God?

It's that place where trouble don’t last all ways.

What is the rule and reign of God?

It's that place where the wicked must cease from troubling, and the weary will be at rest.

What is the rule and reign of God?

It’s that place where all of the saints of the ages, shall sit at his feet and be blessed.

What is the rule and reign of God?

Its that undeniable, undefinable, undeflatable, unquantifiable, unbelievable place of supernatural security where the thoughts of the mind never cease from trusting in the hope of the living God…

What is the rule and reign of God? Its that place where the former cripping-addict, drug user, alcoholic, can rest from the stress and toils of this old world, and lean and depend solely on a savior who sees all, knows all, is in all and supersedes all.

What is the rule and reign of God?

It's that place where, there is no evil, no sin, no suffering, no heartache and no hardships toil…

What is the rule and reign of God?

The rule and reign of God is the place where the presence of God resides for a people who don’t deserve it, discern it, declare it, discover it, or even know he or she needs it…

What is the rule and reign of God?

It's that place where God gives a person who desires to come after him, all that he needs before he even asks….

Here it is…

It's knowing God, having God, serving God, following God, living for God, doing God, trusting God, loving God, holding onto God because God is holding onto you. It's having your mind on Jesus and Jesus on your mind.

Jesus said….“Blessed are you poor, For yours is the kingdom of God. The disciples position and the disciples promise is wrapped up in this verse. I wanna close by telling you that if you have Jesus you have more than enough…..


In A Charlie Brown Christmas Charlie Brown was having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit so Linus said, “Charlie Brown, you’re the only person I know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem.” Unfortunately, some Christians seem to have the same problem as Charlie Brown when we should be lifting up our Lord and Savior.

Did you catch it?


If I were you I wouldn’t let my Charlie Brown mind…rob me of living with a Kingdom mind. Remember it was a kingdom mind, that came down through 42 generations, and took on the flesh of men to save you from your sins. It was the kingdom mind that came down from glory, became poor the you might become rich in Christ. It was the kingdom mind, that bore the debt of humanity, by paying for your sins at the cross. Each nail driven in his body was accepted for your sin against God. Each nail driven in his flesh was put there for your behavior. The crown of thorns pushed into his scalp was there because he was kingdom minded for you. The insults he received was embraced with a kingdom mind….

But early Sunday morning God the Father raised Him back to Life.


1The New King James Version. (1982). (Lk 6:20). Nashville: Thomas Nelson. 

2Wiersbe, W. W. (1992). Wiersbe’s expository outlines on the New Testament (p. 161). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

3Sproul, R. C. (1999). A Walk with God: An Exposition of Luke (pp. 108–110). Great Britain: Christian Focus Publications.

4The New King James Version. (1982). (Lk 6:20). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.