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Blessed are the Peacemakers

According to Matthew’s record, some of Jesus’ first public teaching was a call to repentance (4:17). Jesus’ presence was proof that the Kingdom of God was at hand and repentance is the first step to entering into the Kingdom. In the sermon on the mount, Matthew records Jesus’ teaching on attitudes and ethics that will mark those who are participating in the Kingdom. From that first day until now, the people of God have been declaring the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom is initiated and confirmed in Jesus yet we await the final consummation when King Jesus will return in authority and power to make all things well. Until that time, we are enabled by His grace to live transformed lives according to the nature of the Kingdom of God.