Blessed are you, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you…
I. THE FELICITY WHICH AWAITS THOSE WHO PERSEVERE, THROUGH GOOD REPORT AND EVIL REPORT, IN A STEDFAST ADHERENCE TO CHRIST, IS FREQUENTLY EXPRESSED IN THE SCRIPTURES BY THE NAME OF REWARD.
1. It is inseparably joined to obedience, and promised as a motive to encourage and sustain
2. It will be bestowed as a mark of approbation, and acceptance of the obedience to which it is annexed.
3. It will be proportionate to the degree of religious improvement, to the work of faith and labour of love.
II. THE SUPERIORITY OF HEAVENLY TO EARTHLY REWARDS.
1. The rewards of heaven are certain.
2. They are satisfying.
3. They are eternal.
(R. Hall, A. M.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.