Seven Blessings overlooked
By ministry of Hope and
June 29 2006
Another message of Jesus involves standards for Christian life.
Many are blinded by the prosperity and name it claim it, and I can have it all now
gospel, and now wander aimlessly in confusion when they have discovered that " this
foreign gospel" will not have Gods approval and will not bring you spiritual welfare.
it promises provision for the here and now, but doesn't look be on human needs, it is meant
to satisfy the flesh for comfort and ease.
*1) Blessed are the poor in Spirit. Matt 5:3
Through such teachings, Jesus provides us with standards for living our lives. The presence of faith is not marked by speaking in tongues or having passion and zeal. Having such personality traits as those listed above evidence our faith.
1) Blessed are the poor in Spirit
These are the people intended to be in this verse, who are not only "poor", but are poor "in spirit"; in their own spirits, in their own sense and judgment: and they may even be called "beggars ", they place themselves at the door of mercy, and knock there, they call out to God, "God be merciful"; they stand in wait, watching, for wisdom, and they will have no denial, yet receive the least favor with thankfulness. Now these are pronounced "blessed", for this reason,
2) Blessed are the meek,
Who are not easily provoked to anger; who patiently bear, and put up with injuries and affronts; carry themselves courteously, and affably to all; have the meanest thoughts of themselves, and the best of others; do not envy the gifts and graces of other men; are willing to be instructed and admonished, by the meanest of the saints; quietly submit to the will of God,
They shall inherit the earth, not this present earth, as being the way it is now, for this world will pass away and we will have a new earth as an inheritance promised to the seed of Abraham, to the those of the faith as being heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; whose is the earth, and the fullness thereof.
3) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst, Not after the riches, honors, and pleasures of this world, but the justifying righteousness of Christ, which is imputed by God the Father, and received by faith. To "hunger and thirst" after this, supposes a want of righteousness, which is the case of all men, a sense of want of it and is only perceived by persons spiritually enlightened, a discovery of the righteousness of Christ to them, which is a true blessing throughout our walk with God.
So they shall be filled: with that righteousness, and with all other good things, in consequence of it; and particularly with joy and peace, which are the certain effects of it: or, "they shall be satisfied", that they have an interest in it; and so satisfied with it, that they shall never seek for any other righteousness, as a justifying one, in the sight of God; this being full, perfect, sufficient, and entirely complete.
4) Blessed are the merciful,
Who show mercy to the bodies of men, to those that are poor, indigent, and miserable, in their outward circumstances, by both sympathizing with them, and distributing unto them; not only making use of expressions of pity and concern, but with readiness and cheerfulness, with affection and tenderness, and with a view to the glory of God:
They shall obtain mercy; from man and God through Christ Jesus, whenever they are attended with any uncomfortable circumstances of life;
If you listen to the voice of Jesus Christ,
If you find yourself today suffering or sacrificing your life for a friend who
is grieving or who is poor in spirit, then you may consider yourself to be listening to
the voice of God.
5) Purity of heart
This is only true of Christ, angels, and glorified saints, but this is also true for those who, though they have sin dwelling in them, are justified from all sin, by the righteousness of Christ, and are "clean through the word", or through justification in Christ Jesus, on the account of that righteousness, all the iniquities are them forgiven, whose hearts are sprinkled with the blood of Jesus, which cleanses from all sin, who have the grace of God in their hearts.
Though imperfect, it is entirely pure, there is not the least spot or stain of sin in it:, therefore they earnestly desire after more purity of heart, lip, life, and conversation.
And happy they are.
For they shall see God, in this life, enjoying communion with him, both in private,
public and in church, where we often behold the beauty of His holiness, and experience His
power and see His glory, and taste, and know, that He is good and gracious:
6)Blessed are the peacemakers
Aaron loved peace, and pursued it, and made peace between a man and his neighbor, Mal 2:6
They shall be called the children of God, because they have the grace of God through Jesus and this is manifested in their lives by the power of the Holy Spirit, in which the fruit of the Spirit is made visible in their life, as maker of peace. This will show that they are children of God, for they have the nature of God, sons of God they are, and are known to be so now, by their peaceful life, which is given to them by the Spirit of God, whereby they become like to the God of peace, and to Christ, the great and only peacemaker, and so are truly sons of peace.
Be baptized with the Holy Spirit
7) Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake.
To such belong the Kingdom of heaven, persecution is either verbal with the tongue, by cruel mocking and mean language, or real, by deeds, such as confiscating of goods, banishment, imprisonment of body, and all sorts of death. Even today so many Christians in the Moslem world are bitterly persecuted for their faith in Christ many have to pay a price for their faithfulness to the savior and yet the saints, abused, are happy;
Persecution for righteousness sake, on account of righteous and godly living, will bring hatred and enmity of the men of the world.
When saints live righteously, they separate themselves from the world, they do not belong to them, their religious life will set you apart and puts a brand upon you, It distinguishes the other persons and confronts them with their wicked lives and practices, and this fills them with wrath against God's people and puts them on persecuting them:
Also by "righteousness" may be meant, a righteous cause, the cause of Christ and his Gospel; for making it a way of life in Christ, showing a love for his kingdom, living as speaking of His person and the truths of His Word, saints expose themselves to the rage and persecution of the world. In particular persecuted for preaching, maintaining and embracing, the doctrine of justification by faith in Christ Jesus and in becoming the righteousness of God in Christ.
Our faith is manifested in our lives.
Jesus also provided for us vision, goals, and a calling for our lives.
May God Bless You other then worldly gain only
Ministry of Hope