The sermon on the mount is about the kingdom. Perhaps you have
not thought about the sermon this way, but notice the evidence.
Jesus specifically referenced the kingdom nine times in the sermon:
Jesus indirectly references the kingdom numerous times in the sermon:
reward, reward in heaven (Matt. 5:12; 6:1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 16,
heavenly Father (Matt. 5:48; 6:1, 14, 15, 26, 30; 7:1) w lay
up treasures in heaven (Matt. 6:20)
The theme of the sermon is: Seek first the kingdom of God and His
righteousness. Everything in the sermon has something to do with
the kingdom of God. Thus, Jesus describes the people that we should
From the beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-12) we learn that those who enter
the kingdom are poor in spirit, mourning, meek, hungering and thirsting
for righteousness, merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers, and persecuted
for righteousness sake.
Those who are in the kingdom are the salt and light of the world
(Matt. 5:13-16). Their righteousness exceeds the righteousness of
the scribes and Pharisees (Matt. 5:17-20). They have a pure heart,
are living righteously, and not thinking evil thoughts (Matt. 5:21-37).
They love their enemies (Matt. 5:38-48) and do good toward God from
a pure heart (Matt. 6:1-18). They lay up treasures in heaven and
put God first (Matt. 6:19-34). They do not judge with unrighteous
judgments (Matt. 7:1-6) and are prayerful (Matt. 7:7-12). They enter
the kingdom by the narrow gate doing the will of God (Matt. 7:13-27).
Now, let's compare ourselves to Jesus' teachings. Have I opened
my heart to hear Jesus' teachings and put them into practice (Matt.
7:24)? Am I doing the will of God (Matt. 7:21)? Have I built my
house on the rock or on the sand (Matt. 7:24-27)?