Carmelo Caparros
Feb 28, 2021


In our last Sunday sermon, I gave an outline which is as follows:

I.The Requirement of the Law for Injury v. 38
II.The Righteousness of the Oppressed vv. 39 – 42

In last week’s study, I gave you general principles as well as a general exposition of those verses. However, one of the things that you may be bothered with is how do we APPLY what Jesus taught in these verses, specifically vv. 39 – 42. My goal is to show you how these verses apply in REAL LIFE situations.


v. 39 “But I say to you, do not resist him who is evil”

The word “resist” comes from the Greek word “ἀνθίστημι” (anthistemi – with long e) means to set against or oppose.
What it is FORBIDDING is personal retaliation.

“but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.”

The phrase “whoever slaps” in the Greek refers to a SHARP SLAP

Is this to be applied literally?


The bottom-line in this passage is that as believers, we are supposed to live our lives way beyond what normal human righteousness gives.

After all, we are beings living according to the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit and as such our righteousness should far exceed the righteousness of the ordinary man.