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Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit

December 9, 2011

Matthew 5:3 NKJV … Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:3 NLT … God blesses those who realize their need for Him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them.

Matthew 5:3 MSG … You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

What does it mean to be poor in spirit?

From NetBible Mt 5:3

poor[4434] = needy, helpless, powerless to accomplish an end
*begs for daily living
Synonym: [5870] = earns his bread by daily labour

spirit[4151] = the third person of the triune God, the Holy Spirit, coequal, coeternal with the Father and the Son

The poor in Spirit

  • Know that they need Jesus Christ as their Savior
  • Know that faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to obtain help
  • Know that apart from Jesus Christ they can do nothing
    I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing. -Jn 15:5
  • Are willing to daily depend on and trust in Jesus Christ alone
    If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself[disown himself, forget, lose sight of himself and his own interests, refuse and give up himself] and take up his cross daily and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also.] -Lk 9:23 AMP

Are blessed

  • The poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven
    for they have realized their need and willingly submit to Jesus Christ’s rule
  • The poor in Spirit are rich in faith
    Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and in their position as believers and to inherit the kingdom which He has promised to those who love Him? -Ja 2:5 AMP
  • The poor in spirit are provided for out of God’s goodness
    You, O God, did send a plentiful rain; You did restore and confirm Your heritage{inheritance} when it languished and was weary. Your flock found a dwelling place in it; You, O God, in Your goodness did provide for the poor and needy. -Ps 68:9-10

    They are restored and refreshed
    All things have been entrusted and delivered to Me by My Father; and no one fully knows and accurately understands the Son except the Father, and no one fully knows and accurately understands the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son deliberately wills to make Him known. Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] -Mt 11:27-28 AMP