'. To gain a proper understanding of this Benediction, it is necessary to understand the historical context of Jesus' oration. To gather a hint of this, we need only read the end of His Benediction; ''. The Church was being persecuted most severely for the sake of Christ; rather than trusting in their own righteousness, as did the pharisaical Jews, they rested in the Righteousness of the Christ, their Messiah, and for this reason, they received much persecution, even to the death, from their adversaries!
Note the natural progression in 'The Beatitudes towards the middle, where Jesus promises that such will ''. Jesus said later on in His Sermon ( on the Mount ), 'seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness'. It is His Righteousness which is both the focal point of both 'The Beautitudes' & 'The Fruit of the Spirit'! It is His Righteousness which enables us to exhibit this 'fruit'!
As Jesus winds down His ( pre ) Benediction, He begins to reveal The Fruit of the Spirit, while at the same time, reiterating the first half! We see the conjunction between '' & '', '' & ' ( Isaiah 61:3 ), and between '', '' & ''. Jesus elucidates those virtues which Paul later called 'the fruit of the spirit'!
Paul, you may note, follows much the same structure in his letter to the Church in Galatia! He begins by extolling '', '' & '', which is naturally followed by '', and is worked out through '', '', '' & '', which is equal to the 'meekness' exhibited by the ''!
To conclude this short study, we may note that both of the passages in question are best understood in their historical context! Both passages center on the Righteousness of God & both are revelations of the Fruit of the Spirit! Jesus told His followers that those who exhibited these fruits would '', while Paul reminded the followers of Jesus what these 'fruits' were. Paul's readers were under-going the persecution that Jesus warned His followers of ( it had started already ), and were gently reminded by Paul that ''.
Charles Haddon Shank