Beatitudes

Beatitudes

Praise the Lord,  today being Monday the start of a new week, and as promised last Thursday we will start with the first half of the study on the Beatitudes, and on Thursday we will conclude with the second half of the study of Beatitudes, we pray that with these studies that you will receive a blessing and that your spiritual walk with the Lord would grow and be strengthened.

Beatitudes

Focus Verses
Mat 5:2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Lesson Text
Mat 5:1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
Mat 5:2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Mat 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Mat 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Mat 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Mat 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Mat 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Mat 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 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.
Mat 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Focus Thought
The key to a blessed life is hungering and thirsting after righteousness.
Culture Connection
Unquenchable Thirst
Can a person thirst too much? Apparently it is possible
It may be possible to overly thirst physically for water, but a person cannot thirst too greatly for righteousness. Rather, an unquenchable thirst for righteousness leads to fulfillment in Jesus Christ.
Mat 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

If unquenchable physical thirst is “a sign that not all is well inside your body,” unquenchable spiritual thirst is a sign that nothing will prevent the intended work of Christ within your spiritual being.
Outline
1. Beatitudes Of Need
2. Beatitude Of Righteousness
3. Beatitude Of Action
4. Beatitude Of Reward
Contemplating The Topic
The Beatitudes contain a surprising list of virtues not found on the classic list of virtues. Classic virtues lead to success in life; Kingdom virtues lead to the next life.
By teaching the principles of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus endeavored to show the way to true happiness in the lives of His disciples. This joy comes from an unerring trust in God and a belief that the work He has begun will be completed (Philippians 1:6).
Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
No matter what state believers find themselves in, they can be overcomers. The joy of the kingdom of God does not fluctuate with victories or losses.
Searching The scriptures
The word blessed, which comes from the Greek word makarios, conveys a sense of happiness, but even more, a contentment unaffected by circumstances. It is an inner peace, an inward joy that comes from God.
One can fully experience the blessed life only through the new birth (John 3:5; Acts 2:38).
Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Act 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
A cursory reading of the Sermon on the Mount will clearly indicate human beings cannot fulfill its whole intent unless they have been born again. The new birth begins the process of transformation in the life of a believer.
2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

As partakers of the divine nature, we can have the same sense of blessing and peace. An absence of joy in our lives could be related to poor spiritual health.

 This concludes part one of the study of the Beatitudes, we will pick up with part two of this study on Thursday, starting at the first of the Beatitudes, the Beatitude of Need, until then have a Blessed day in the Lord!

 

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