Out of the four gospels, if you were to pick three chapters that sum up, and synthesize the message that Jesus Christ came to leave with us, the Sermon on the Mount is the prime candidate. It has been called at times the Constitution of the Kingdom of God, the Magna Carta of the Christian Church, and the Little Gospel. The proclamation of the Beatitudes by Jesus Christ at the beginning his public ministry marked the climax, or watershed of moral teaching.
The first few times I read the Sermon on the Mount, I sensed that it contained something important; but for many years, Jesus' Beatitudes and His Sermon on the Mount seemed to me as if they had been written in code. I knew they contained something special, but I couldn't put my finger on it. One day I turned on the radio and got a preacher I didn't know, but what he said stuck in my mind. He said, "How in the world can we expect to have a deep revival when we are dealing with such a superficial generation?" Do you want a deep revival? Well then, we are going to have to search for God. God is looking for people who will seek Him in spirit and in truth, and who are willing to go His way no matter what.
If you don't desire to obey God, you really shouldn't read this book about the Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount. I say this because I don't want to end up having a part in bringing someone under worse condemnation than they already deserve. If you are not going to act on revelation of truth, it might be better for you not to know any more about it, because then your purpose in life will be less. If you listen to the Sermon on the Mount and begin to understand Jesus' message, and do not apply it and begin to practice it; then there is a great and grave responsibility that comes with refusing to act on your knowledge of knowing Jesus Christ's heart.