MATTHEW 5: Blessed Are The Poor in Spirit
Matthew 5 contains those scriptures known as the beatitudes and I want to go into each one extensively.
This post is short, being written with the expectation that our guests will go to the links where these beatitudes are expounded much more fully.
Matthew 5:1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 5:2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Poor in spirit: a) humble, lacking in pretensions of learning and intellectual power; the lowly and humble of the world.
The poor in spirit are the humble before God who are teachable and obedient to their Father in heaven, as little children trust, seek knowledge from and are eager to please their parents. The poor in spirit are those who are contrite of spirit, with their pride and self centered sinful natures crushed out to fine powder [contrition] and blown away in the breeze.
Psalm 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Psalm 51:15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 16For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. 17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
It is the lowly of spirit who do not exalt themselves, but seek their God will all their heart, who shall inherit the Kingdom of God. The high minded who seek to exalt themselves and love the chief seats in this life, will NOT inherit the Kingdom of God.
Beware you shepherds who seek personal advantage and the chief places! You have your reward now.
This beatitude of Christ is expounded in depth at our article at this link: Blessed are the Poor in Spirit: For Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven
5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Those who mourn and cry and sigh over all the evils of the day shall be comforted for they shall be exalted and shall enter into a Kingdom of Righteousness.
EZ 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
God’s angel is singling out those who love God enough to zealously keep His Word and who mourn over the wickedness of the church of God entities; who teach the brethren to follow idols of men and rebuke any zeal to follow the Word of God; who call the Sabbaths holy and then openly justify polluting them.
Once the zealous and faithful are marked out [removed] then the remainder of the COG Groups who have rejected any zeal to keep the whole Word of God, will be rejected by Christ and cast into the furnace of affliction and correction; where the flesh will be afflicted to save the spirit.
5And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: 6Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient [those who think themselves wise] men which were before the house
Begin with the elders of the house [the spiritual temple, the Ekklesia] and destroy all those who do not hate evil and do not love God’s commandments enough to zealously keep them; loving “the corporate church” and false leaders; more than they love the Word of God. Being deceived into thinking that following men away from God, instead of fully following God; is the same as following God.
This is the correction of Laodicea Rev 3; who shall be corrected as were those who did not love God’s commandments in the past.
This beatitude of Christ is expounded in depth at our article at this link: Blessed are They That Mourn: For They Shall be Comforted.
5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Psalm 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. 10All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
Those who are meek [humble] before God he will save, for they do his will, and keep his Covenant to KEEP all his commandments.
Psalm 149:4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
Please see this link for a detailed study on the spiritual Meekness that God requires. Those who prefer their own ways and false traditions above a zeal for keeping the Word of God, like today’s church of God groups; will not inherit the earth.
This post is written with the expectation that our guests will go to the links where these beatitudes are expounded much more fully.
5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Full article expounding this beatitude: Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Those who are consumed with zeal for the Lord of Hosts and his righteousness, shall be filled to overflowing with the Spirit of righteousness.
For this Sabbath I am posting on three beatitudes. Please go to the linked articles for in depth studies on each one.
5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Full article expounding this beatitude: Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
We are to be pure and undefiled, without guile or deceit. Anyone who takes a small part of the truth and spins it to change the entire meaning of the whole truth, is a false witness and filled with guile, seeking to deceive: He IS a LIAR in the spirit and intent of the law. The COG Groups are full of such impurity and deceit.
This also goes to the subject of hypocrisy; of saying one thing and doing another. Such men will not see God in the first resurrection of the chosen; unless they repent.
Full article expounding this beatitude: Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God
5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
We are called to help reconcile men to God by preaching a message of warning and repentance; by proclaiming the Good News that man can receive salvation through repentance, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and faith in God, married to the works of keeping his commandments and doing God’s will.
Our job is to help bring reconciliation and peace between men and God; even if that means a temporary division between the faithful and the faithless.
Full article expounding this beatitude: Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
An in depth study: Blessed are The Persecuted; for Righteousness Sake
All of those who are filled with the righteousness of God; which is the keeping of his commandments: Will be persecuted from within and from without. Satan will first pressure one from without to tire him of enduring; then he will persecute from within by labeling the righteous as; over righteous, self righteous or Pharisaical; finally if all else fails Satan will cause the lukewarm to drive out the righteous from the organizations and then attack them from without using both means to attempt to destroy the zeal of the righteous.
If you try to avoid trials by compromising: You offend God and will face HIS wrath!
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
The key here is “falsely”. If we are persecuted and condemned for faithful zeal for God and his commandments, then we have earned a rich reward from our Father. On the other hand if we compromise with his commandments and become a bad example being properly criticized for our wickedness, we have also earned the correction of our God.
An in depth study of this beatitude: Blessed are The Persecuted; for Righteousness Sake
5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
There is no person of God who has not seen trials and persecution, because their zeal and faith convicts the worldly of sin. It is the example of passionate obedience to the Father which excites such persecution from those who’s conscience is being pricked, for they reject the commandments through their compromising and rebellion to follow their own ways, even as they claim to be godly and obedient; which is hypocrisy.
John 15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. 22If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.