Mercy in the NT
Introduction The mercy in the NT is different then the mercy in the OT. 54 times the word mercy is used and there is an additional 10 times merciful and mercies is used as well. The idea is that we need to not get angry but we need to CALM down and focus on the mercy of God. Mercy is something that is given to us because of the cross of Calvary. Unlike the OT we can now go into the throne room of God and expect to have the mercy of God operate in our lives. We do not get what we deserve but we get what Jesus earned
Focus Scripture – 2 Cor 1:3-5 3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
Paul wrote about the mercy of God and this passage tells us that mercy brings comfort in our trouble God wants to comfort us even when we suffer for God will cause the blessings, we have in Christ to abound within us! God wants us to walk in the blessing of mercy So one aspect of mercy is that it comfort to us in our troubles So when you need comfort then you need mercy.
Mk 10:47-52 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou, son of David, have mercy on me.49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.52 And Jesus said unto him, Go, thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
Zacchaeus was this little man who was a tax collector and was rich because of it. He was blind and knew that he needed mercy. Mercy brought healing. Mercy caused him to receive the answer to his problem. Mercy answers our need! Here he cast away his beggar garments and because of that he was saying he would not beg even before he was healed! Mercy caused him to be healed! He became a follower of Jesus and I am sure witnessed about the healing he received for the rest of his days on the earth!
Compassion- In HIM we receive the compassion we need for in HIM is love for God is love. So, we need to focus on HIM and then we can receive what God has for God has all the answers we need. It is all about HIM! Maybe you do no show enough compassion? Then go the Lord and learn to walk in his love, for compassion only comes from HIM!
Heart Focus Col 3:12-17 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
The Peace of God does rule in our heart and allows us to know what to do. God’s word rules us and helps us to do what we need to do in our words or deeds so we can glorify the Lord in all things! Mercy, kindness and meekness while we suffering so, we can show others mercy by forgiving them. We do this because of what Christ did for us! Everything we do will be improved because of the mercy of God operating in our life!
In Deeds 1 Jn 3:16-20 16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
This demonstrates to us what mercy is all about! John spoke often about love in his epistles. So, because of the mercy of God, we can have assurance in our mind and heart! IF we are condemned then it will be in our heart! God deals with us in our heart. He lives in our heart and if our heart does not feel right then we know something is wrong! Our works should back up our words!
Mercy and Compassion Rom 9:14-16 14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
Paul as he often does quotes from the Torah! So now this becomes part of his writings and Paul says God wants to have mercy and compassion on us. God does it because he desires to show us mercy. God wants to show us compassion. God does this out of his love for us. HE did this in the cross of Calvary and continues to do that daily in our lives for we are able to receive what God has for us because of the mercy of GOD!
Acts of Mercy- One of the biggest things that people have against the church today is that they do not do enough! People expect the church to be givers and do things to help them. The size of the church does not matter to them for God wants us to help one another. So doing acts of mercy is important. We are in the AGE where we should show mercy. This is the time to do merciful acts to demonstrate the gospel. There are many ways we can do that!
Against Evil Rom 12:9-15 9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep
As a Christian I am against evil. I am not for them that do wrong for I want to do and act morally. I want to have good things happen to me and to do good deeds to others! I want to live in a way where I can demonstrate that love to others. Yet, it is not easy when we see evil keep happening. Jesus forgave those who were crucifying him as they did so! Bless others even when they persecute you for that is what God says! Love those no matter what for we are to extend mercy to the unmerciful!
Good Samaritan Lk 10:29-37 29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
We cannot justify ourselves before God! A Samaritan who was an enemy of Israel showed mercy to a Jewish man. He paid the debt even though he was considered his enemy. This is one of the best stories of mercy in the Bible. Jesus said we should do likewise, so we should show mercy to others. A Levite and a priest (2 Religious men) stopped by and because of the law they walked away from him on the other side. They were afraid because they did not want to touch him thinking he was dead! Do you help others or do you wait thinking others will help them? They are your neighbor!
Expect God’s Provision - Mt 14:13-21 13 When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.18 He said, Bring them hither to me.19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
Jesus fed 5,000 men by showing compassion but before he did that, he healed their sick. They followed him for 3 days so he said we need to take care of them! He said we must help them because of the commitment they showed to us. God felt moved to help them because when you commit to the Lord then God will commit to you! The disciples said OK let them go and buy their own food! Jesus said no we can do this! Not only that but there were leftovers! The people ate as much as they wanted and were filled! The mercy of God provided all the people needed!
Live with Mercy- Too often we allow our flesh to rise up and not live with a merciful attitude, instead of living with a humble attitude. Parents have that problem with kids and kids with parents. Bosses with employees, maybe friends as well. You can be a Friend or PAL of someone and yet do you live with mercy? You can be a PAL of God and learn how to have his mercy operate in your life!
Peace comes through Mercy Mt 5:7-9 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount talks about mercy here for mercy is important and people can have mercy and demonstrate this character of God. When you are merciful then people will respond to you differently for they will want to receive mercy. Not every one wants to receive what they deserve. People know that they do not deserve many things. We need more and more peacemakers in this world. Too many people are here who cause trouble and cause problems. We need more merciful people. Be someone who is merciful today!
Accept His Mercy 1 Tim 1:15-16 15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me, first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
You cannot give mercy without having mercy. The Apostle Paul recognized that he did not deserve anything from God and realized that he received mercy and grace from the Lord so he taught that. God was patient was with Paul and demonstrated to him what he needed even though he did not deserve it. So, Paul did that with others! Because of mercy, Paul received everlasting life! This promise here is to all who believe on Jesus Christ! Patience and mercy go hand in hand for you show mercy you many times will be patient!
Love of Christ Jude v20-25 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
I love this passage for there is so much in it. We are kept by the love of God, where we receive the grace and mercy of God. Here it says that we receive mercy which brings to us eternal life. Even compassion which is how we can demonstrate mercy. Jesus had compassion and healed many. When we show mercy, it causes us to be presented without fault before the presence of God. God does not see your sin he sees your substitute. God looks at the Jesus in you and not your flesh! So, get Jesus today!
Mercy brings Freedom in what ways do you need freedom? First of all, we need to be free from sin! We need to have freedom by having God work in our life and to have spiritual freedom before we can have freedom in this life! Do you really need freedom and how can we know the WAY to have the freedom we need to bring that freedom into our lives and the lives of others? Jesus is the way to God but Jesus is also the WAY to receive all that God has for us in this life and the next! So walk in the mercy of God today!
Won’t Remember Your Sin Heb 8:12-13 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
To me, this is the crux of the Gospel. God does not remember your sin because of his mercy. Mercy is when you do not get what you deserve. I deserve hell but God does not remember my sin because of Christ. The cross of Christ causes God to remember your sin no more. HE remembers the blood! You have a new covenant so God sees what Christ did and now what you have done in your flesh! God sees Christ in you and you in Christ but not you in your flesh! The old covenant died on the cross so God can now call you righteous apart from your flesh, Thank You Jesus!
All Things are Possible- Mk 9:20-25 20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
God says all things are possible to him that believes. All things are possible when you believe it. I believe in what the Word of God says so I expect miracles in my life and in your life! This can be applied to fear as well. All negative things or all positive things are possible to him that believes. Your fears or your faith will manifest when you believe it. Here Jesus responded to a man who cried out help even though I have unbelief. Jesus cast out the devil and that son was delivered! Do you believe God for your healing! The answer is in the Word and not in the doctors. Doctors can keep you alive but only God can heal you!
Yet without Sin Heb 4:14-16 14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Jesus was born and came to earth, but the Bible calls him the 2nd Adam. HE was born without sin! He had a fleshly body. He was a human man but he was also God in flesh! HE never had a wrong thought, did anything wrong or said anything wrong. He understands what we are going through for he had flesh! HE had temptations yet he never sinned! The mercy of God was given to us from the very throne room and from his throne of grace so we can get the mercy we need. God wants us to do the works Jesus did by giving out the mercy he gave us to give to others!
Conclusion: Mercy in the NT is different then the OT. Mercy was the way God showed people they needed a relationship with God. Mercy is something that we can give in the NT because of the relationship we have with God! So, because of the mercy of God, we have a new way of living for we are able to live in a new form of life!
Application- We are expected to show mercy just as God showed mercy to us. God wants us to be like Him in our words and deeds. So, show mercy by giving to others above and beyond because they do not deserve it. Give because of who God is! Be merciful even when it hurts to do so! How can you be merciful, Do, not do what you think you want to but do what God wants you to! Bite your tongue sometimes!
Prayer for healing- (pray in faith believing) Heavenly Father I pray for healing. I thank you for manifesting healing in my body today! You took all my sickness, disease, pain, sorrow for you paid for it on the cross of Calvary. I speak healing into my body and command ______________ to leave my body! No weapon can defeat me! I called myself my healed because of the blood of Jesus Christ. Devil take your hands off of me for I am the child of the living God! Now thank the Lord for healing you!
Prayer for Salvation- I pray that all of you will come to know Jesus. Pray with me: Heavenly Father I recognize my need for you for without Jesus, I cannot make it in this life. I need you! I know I am a sinner and I need your SON. I recognize that Jesus died for my sin when Jesus died for me on Calvary. I believe that he rose again so that I can go to heaven and live with you there. Thank you for paying for my sin and bringing me into your forever family. So, Jesus come into my heart and live in me today! I am now a Christian!
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