Happy Thanksgiving, we hope that you’ve had a Blessed day in the Lord, and that you have had a wonderful day with family and friends on this day we call Thanksgiving, and especially if you have received Salvation of the Lord, if you’re a born again christian, if you’ve done as the instructions in acts 2:38 commands us. Now as promised we are going to pick up our study on the Beatitudes on the Beatitude of Need!
- Beatitude Of Need
The first set of Beatitudes deals with one’s needs. The first beatitude the Lord mentioned was a blessing for those who are poor in spirit. To be poor in spirit means to be humble, recognizing our dependence upon God to meet our needs, and submitting our wills to His will. We cannot by any means save ourselves except to respond in obedience to the gospel.
Psa 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
The great reward that comes to those who are poor in spirit is the assurance they will inherit the kingdom of Heaven. The second need is comfort for those who mourn. The word mourning used in the Sermon on the Mount comes from the Geek word that expresses the strongest expression of grief.
The third need in this passage is for meekness. The Lord blesses those who are humble and gentle and have a spirit of modesty about them. Meekness is opposite of the push-to-the-front-of-the-line attitude the world encourages. A meek individual is willing to submit to God and wait on His timing.Meekness requires a person to trust and rest in the Lord.
One may observe a progression in these three beatitudes. To be poor in spirit is to show the right attitude about sin, to mourn shows a profound sorrow over the condition of one’s own soul, and finally genuine humility comes from realizing our need for God.
- Beatitude of Righteousness
To hunger and thirst for righteousness means to turn away from the things of this world and turn to the things of God to ensure one’s spiritual survival. An individual who desires righteousness is to put off futile thoughts, darkened understanding, the ignorance of the flesh that alienates one from God because of the hardness of heart, sensuality, greed, and impurity.
The blessing of those who hunger and thirst after righteousness is that they will be filled, or satisfied. Yet they discover that the more of the Lord, His Word, and spiritual blessings they receive, the greater their appetites become for these things. The Lord becomes their portion, as David expressed in Psalm 16:5–6.
Psa 16:5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
Psa 16:6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
The cup is symbolic of a believer’s destiny. It is a destiny that represents what one’s life contains and the strength that accompanies it. When a believer pursues righteousness, he will not be overwhelmed by the doubt, uncertainty, grief, disappointment, and failure common to human beings. The blessing of righteousness heals in such a way that an individual who falls is able to rise again.
Pro 24:16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
- Beatitudes Of Action
The next three beatitudes are those of action: mercy, purity, and promoting peace. Jesus said those who are merciful will themselves receive mercy. Extending mercy is the opposite of seeking revenge. Merciful individuals are motivated by a higher calling than those who extend mercy simply as a social response to a need. An individual’s actions will demonstrate being merciful. A person shows mercy when making an effort to alleviate the spiritual or physical sufferings of another.
The reward for those who are pure in heart is that they will see God (Matthew 5:8).
Mat 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Pure means to be clean, clear, unsoiled, uncontaminated, and unspotted. Living a Christian life requires inner holiness. When holiness is realized, it will bring a corresponding purity of life outwardly. Individuals who desire purity will cry for the Lord to create clean hearts and minds in them (Psalm 51:10)
Psa 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
The last beatitude of action is to be a peacemaker. Those who are peacemakers will be called children of God. Paul perceived that the people of the world live in malice and envy, hating one another. (See Titus 3:3.)
Tit 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
At the heart of any peacemaking effort will be the ultimate requirement to bring God into the equation because outside of His involvement there will never be lasting peace. Peace can be truly realized only by a work of the Spirit of God.
- Beatitude Of Reward
The last two beatitudes (some commentators see these two as one) refer to those who are persecuted because of their righteous stand for the Lord. (See Matthew 5:10–12.)
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.
Some Christians are facing political and social pressures, and others are enduring great physical pain and even death because of their allegiance to the Lord. Persecution can be both physically and mentally painful. Being reviled can bring a sense of shame to the person under attack. Verbal harassment and intimidation is demeaning. But the Lord taught that we are to endure persecution for righteousness’ sake and for His sake. He also told the people to rejoice in such circumstances. Rejoicing in tribulation removes the seeds of bitterness that can grow in the hearts of the persecuted ones. But there is another aspect that helps in the middle of persecution—it can keep us focused on the mission the Lord has called us to fulfill.
Internalizing The Message
The only way a person can live out the principles of the Beatitudes is to be Spirit-filled. At the core of the Lord’s kingdom principles, one can see the actions of holiness as directed by the Spirit of Christ. (See Romans 8:8–9.)
Rom 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Spirit-filled individuals must make the effort to incorporate these high Christian virtues into their walk with God. (See Matthew 5:48; Philippians 3:14.)
Mat 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Once again we hope that you’ve had a day full of Blessing, we pray that these studies will Bless and help you in your spiritual walk with the Lord, on Monday we will begin a new study on Salt and Light, looking forward to being with you then, until then be Blessed in Jesus Name!