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How are mountains connected with the gospel?

June 27, 2012

A connection between the mountains and the gospel exists, because David wrote that God’s righteousness is like the great mountains, and the apostle Paul said that the gospel reveals God’s righteousness. [Psalm 36:6; Romans 1:16-17]

South face of Snowpatch Spire, Bugaboos, BC

In the prophecies of scripture the mountains are symbols, and in Genesis 49:26, they represent blessings and promises of God. Jacob said, when he blessed Joseph his son, “The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills.” His blessings were promises, which were high, like high mountains, as they were spiritual rather than earthly and temporal. They were also eternal.

The great mountains are awe-inspiring, and God’s promises are also awesome. Jesus listed several of these in the sermon on the mount.

Matthew 5:3
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

The kingdom of God is represented by a mountain in Daniel 2:35. It begins as a stone, that smites the image of Nebuchadnezzars’ dream, and grows into a mountain that fills the earth.

Matthew 5:4
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

The promise of comfort is supplied by the holy Spirit that Jesus sends to guide the church to the truth.

Matthew 5:5
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

The saints are promised not only the earth, but all things. Paul said, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” [Romans 8:32]

Matthew 5:6
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Those who seek God’s righteousness, will find it. Many scriptures contain promises that those who seek the truth with all their heart will find it. [Deuteronomy 4:29-31; Proverbs 8:17; Jeremiah 29:13; Luke 11:9; Hebrews 11:6]

Matthew 5:7
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

The promise of mercy is surely one of the promises Peter referred to as “exceeding great and precious.” [2 Peter 1:4]

Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

John said, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” [1 John 3:2]

Matthew 5:9
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Peace is on those who are part of God’s new creation. Paul wrote, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.” [Galatians 6:15-16]

Matthew 5:10-12
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Christians who are faithful are promised an eternal reward.

 

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