At Reality Church we are learning about Matthew chapter 5. Here are Jesus’ words:
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you for my sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
We looked at what it means to be “poor in spirit,” and our dependency on God. We were asked what it means to be poor in spirit. We learn in Luke 18 that Jesus spoke a parable to “certain which trusted themselves that they were righteous, and despised others.” Jesus tells us of two men, both in the temple praying, but that is where their similarities end. One man lists his many qualifying acts and believes he is clean and justified in his own eyes. The other shows humility and acknowledges his lack.
Romans chapter 3 says “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
“Blessed are those who are poor in spirit.” Those who are “poor in spirit” recognize that they have sinned and come short of the glory of God. They recognize that they have NO WAY to justify themselves on their own and they acknowledge their need to be “justified by His grace through the redemption that is Jesus Christ.”
We are encouraged by what we are learning through God’s Word. We pray that we will be a people that recognizes our absolute dependency on our Living God.