True Blessedness : Insights On The Beatitudes
TRUE BLESSEDNESS : Insights on the Beatitudes
The Beatitudes is one of the highlights of Jesus sermon on the mount. The Beatitudes is also all about Kingdom living. It depicts the virtues of those people who possess the "Kingdom of God" or the heirs of salvation.
On Being Poor In Spirit
Mathew 5 : 3;
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven "
What is meant by being "poor in spirit" here ?
Being "poor in spirit" here means being completely dependent upon God . It means your confidence is fully rested upon God. It means humility, you are so humbled that you never boast about your own strength, your intelligence, your skills, your talents. You completely believe that you possess only the things you have now as you receive them from God. The one who is poor in spirit is so humbled by God that he never make any claim of anything. The promise of the Kingdom of Heaven is given to the poor in spirit. The "poor in spirit" is a broken person who had been humbled by the realization of his utter depravity and sinfulness. He has seen himself as vile, filthy sinner before the eyes of the Holy God, and he has been broken by such realization.
To be truly saved, one must be broken for his sinfulness. To appreciate fully the beauty of the cross. One must be broken by his sinfulness. The Kingdom of Heaven is given to the humbled, broken sinner.
Matthew 5: 4 ;
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."
Those who truly realized their sinfulness will surely mourn for offending God. Have you experienced mourning because of your sins, and how greatly they offended the Holy God? Those who are truly broken upon realization of their depravity will surely mourn over their sins and they will receive comfort from God.
You must be broken-hearted in order to be comforted by the Lord. Brokenness is an important part of the Christian life. We must experience brokenness in order to be humbled, and to grow a step higher to Christian maturity. Without brokenness, no one will ever mature as a Christian. Brokenness can be experienced through several ways. It can be experienced through the loss of loved ones,loss of a career, loss of a romantic love, loss of possessions. By whatever form, God allows brokenness to befall us to build our Christian chatacter.
On Being Meek( gentle and lowly)
"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth."
One of the distinguishing virtue of a true child of God is meekness, or gentleness and humility. A person who has truly saw his depravity and sinfulness will surely become a humble person. After realizing the blackness of his sins , the filthiness of his soul, the vanity of his self-centeredness, the sinner will truly be broken and humbled. After repenting, he will now become a humble and meek person. Who is a meek person ? A meek person is a person who has seen God's great forgiveness and mercy in his life. He will be gentle in dealing with the weaknesses of other people. He will not retaliate for any offenses or attacks made against him. There are times that we cannot control our temper in dealing with other's offenses, maybe we need to go back on remembering our past life and consider the greatness of God's mercy and forgiveness upon our lives.
On Being Hungry and Thirsty for God's Righteousness
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."
True blessedness comes to those who hunger and thirst for the coming of the Kingdom of God on earth. People who experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit in their lives long for the coming of the Kingdom of God on earth. The people who possess the Kingdom of God in their hearts long for the materializarion and fulfillment of God's everlasting Kingdom of God on earth.
People who thirst for the fullness of the Spirit and presence of God in their lives will receive visitation from God. People who experienced the touch of God are those people who longs more of His presence in their lives. Surely God's fullness will be upon them.
On Being Merciful
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."
There is a man in the New Testament by the name of Cornelius who received salvation because God remembered his generosity to the poor. Cornelius is a centurion in an Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. Then one day at about three in the afternoon, he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God who appeared to him and said that his prayer and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. He is asked to send a man to Joppa to bring back Simon Peter who told him and his household and relatives the way to be saved.
Cornelius and his household received salvation at the preaching of Peter. The Lord God had shown mercy to Cornelius because God remembered his kindness to the poor. God shown Cornelius mercy because Cornelius is merciful. Truly the merciful will also receive mercy. We will receive forgiveness from God for our sins only if we are willing to forgive those who offended us.
We have to be merciful to other people. We have to be considerate to their weaknesses and offenses. We have to be merciful to them, no matter how greatly they offended us, for only in being merciful we will receive mercy. A person who truly receive forgiveness from God will also be merciful to other's imperfections. A person who truly realized his utter depravity and sinfulness will be merciful enough for he realized the very great mercy God had shown him.
On Being Pure in Heart
"Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God."
Who are those who possess a "pure heart"?
The ones who possess a pure heart are those who receive a "new heart" from God after their spiritual rebirth experience. Our hearts will only be pure after it has experienced regeneration through the washing of the Word of God. A heart must be cleansed first by the Word of God before it can be pure. Only a regenerated heart which experienced transformation through the Word of God, will have the capability to be pure.
On Being a Peacemaker
"Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God."
Who are the true peacemakers ?
The true peacenakers are the people who bring the "Gospel of peace" which is actually the good news of salvation, because the messemgers of the gospel bring "peace" to people's heart. The Gospel of Christ is the "gospel of peace" and its messemgers are the blessed peacemakers.
Of Being Persecuted Because of Righteousness
"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kihgdom of heaven."
When are you going to be persecuted for righteousness sake ?
When you boldly live and proclaim the righteousness of God and His Kingdom, surely you will be persecuted. John the Baptist boldly proclaimed the righteousness of God, and he lost his life. JesusChrist boldly preached the Kingdom and righteousness of God, and the religious leaders were greatly disturbed and since then long to kill Jesus. When you truly made a stand for truth of God's Word, surely sinners will be greatly disturbed and will long to bring you trouble. But the true children of the Kingdom will live and stand for the Word of God inspite of tremendous opposition and surely they will richly rewarded by God.
On Suffering for Christ Sake
Matthew 5 : 11-12 ;
"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
All the apostles of Christ suffered terribly in following Christ, because they boldly lived and proclaimed the "Faith," because they lived uncompromising life for Christ. To be a true Christian you must be bold enough to proclaim the Kingdom and righteousness of God amidst persecutions. You must be bold enough to take great steps of faith to live an uncompromising life.
True blessedness comes to the true heirs of the Kingdom of God.