What's the main idea behind the "sermon of the mount"?

The Sermon on the Mount is the sermon that Jesus gave in Matthew chapters 5-7. Matthew 5:1-2 is the reason it is known as the Sermon on the Mount: "And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying," The Sermon on the Mount is the most famous sermon Jesus ever gave. The Sermon on the Mount covers several different topics. It is not the purpose of this article to comment on every section, but rather to give a brief summary of what it contains. If we were to summarize the main idea of the Sermon on the Mount in a single sentence, it would be - How to live a life that is dedicated to and pleasing to God, free from hypocrisy, full of love and grace, full of wisdom and discernment. Matthew 5:3-12 - The Beatitudes Matthew 5:13-16 - Salt and Light Matthew 5:17-20 - Jesus fulfilled the Law Matthew 5:21-26 - Anger and Murder Matthew 5:27-30 - Lust and Adultery Matthew 5:31-32 - Divorce and Remarriage Matthew 5:33-37 - Oaths Matthew 5:38-42 - Eye for an Eye Matthew 5:43-48 - Love your enemies Matthew 6:1-4 - Give to the Needy Matthew 6:5-15 - How to Pray Matthew 6:16-18 - How to Fast Matthew 6:19-24 - Treasures in Heaven Matthew 6:25-34 - Do not worry Matthew 7:1-6 - Do not judge hypocritically Matthew 7:7-12 - Ask, Seek, Knock Matthew 7:13-14 - The Narrow Gate Matthew 7:15-23 - False Prophets Matthew 7:24-27 - The Wise Builder

The Sermon on the Mount concludes with the following: "And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes." Matthew 7:28-29

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