3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 5:3-12 –
Overall the changed life that we receive through faith in Christ will conform us to model these qualities. Beatitude 1, (3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God”
Lets examine what this must mean though. Obviously not everyone who is poor or everyone who is rich, is going to heaven. This is not monetary but a posture of the heart, meaning humble.
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. (Psalm 10:4)
•In order to really get saved and receive God’s great mercy through Christ Jesus, we must come to terms with our sin and realize, we are not worthy of heaven, forgiveness, or good. We must humble ourselves and acknowlege that we are desperate for mercy not deserving of His favor. We must acknowlege our own sin and inadequacy, both to make up for our sin or be anything other then sinful without divine intervention and aid.
Pride keeps more people I’m sure out of heaven then any other cause. Pride hardens the heart to one’s own darkness and sin so they see it as not serious or justifiable. Thus, a proud heart is a heart that is hindered from even seeking Almighty God in the first place.
Beatitude 2, (4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Upon realizing our sin, our guilt, this should result in some grief over it, some contrition. Does not necessarily mean every person who has gotten saved literally weeps, but there comes an earnestness, a indignation and alarm over our ways that we seek to rid our lives of such ways of living. Real repentance is in the heart.
“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.
Joel 2:12-13 –
The truth though is, the repentant heart shows its self through actions but it starts in the heart. People in those times tore their clothes to show grief and sincere sorrow. God is after far more then just an outward show but an inward change.
Beattitude 3. (5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.)
Meekness, its not weakness but surrendering our desire to get even and trusting God to justly judge. It is not making use of power or position to do evil back to someone who wrongs us. Why? Because we owe Jesus! We all at once grieved Him with our ways, yet He saved us, He did not use power or his position as Son of God to get even with us, or those who crucified Him. Yet came to save those who’d believe. There is a judgement by God for those who totally reject Christ and die in sin. However, Christ suffered willingly to save those who believe, and entrusted Himself to God.
Beatitude 4. (6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.)
One mark of a true Christian is a desire to live to please the Lord. Though we stumble in many ways we should have this changed heart toward God and desire to please Christ in all we do!
We see: Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (Philippians 2:12-13)
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)