Posts Tagged ‘The Beatitudes’

Blessed are the Merciful

March 4, 2014

Matthew 5:7 AMP … Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy!

From NetBible Mt 5:7

  • merciful[1655] = actively compassionate
  • mercy[1653] = compassion

Proverbs 11:17 AMP … The merciful, kind, and generous man benefits himself [for his deeds return to bless him], but he who is cruel and callous [to the wants of others] brings on himself retribution.

From NetBible Prov 11:17

  • merciful[02617] = lovingkindness, goodness, kindness, faithfulness
  • *This contrasts the “kind person” and the “cruel person” (one who is fierce, cruel), showing the consequences of their dispositions.
  • *This contrasts the benefits of kindness for the “soul” (translated “himself”) with the trouble that comes to the “flesh/body” (translated “himself”) of the cruel.

Micah 6:8 AMP … He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?

From NetBible Mic 6:8

  • love[0160] = human love, between man and woman, God’s love for His people
  • mercy[02617] = lovingkindness, goodness, kindness, faithfulness

What does it mean to love mercy?
==>to  actively show compassion, lovingkindness, goodness, kindness, faithfulness

==>to desire mercy as God desires His people or one desires their beloved …

What are the blessings of being merciful?
==>your deeds return to bless you, you yourself 
receive mercy, compassion, lovingkindness, goodness …

Beatitudes: Blessedness Meaning

February 13, 2014

I found this note on the Beatitudes in my NASB Study Bible enlightening.

Based on Matthew 5 (The Beatitudes)
The Beatitudes must be taken as a whole having as the basis the last phrase, v.11, “on account of Me.” The Lord said to his disciples, “blessed are you….on account of Me.” The word for “blessed” ismakarioi, which means to be characterized by the quality of God, “blessedness,” makariotes. When one is indwelt by God, and God’s nature is in him, he has the kingdom of God within him (Luke 17:21). “Blessed” also means to be fully satisfied. This satisfaction, however, is not due to the circumstances of life, nor the fulfillment of the conditions prescribed in these Beatitudes, but due to Christ’s indwelling. Therefore, it is wrong to translate makarioias “happy” because happy is connected with luck, hap from the verb “happen”. People can be happy because of favorable circumstances, but they can only be blessed because of Christ. Blessedness is that basic condition created by Christ’s indwelling in man’s heart which brings a fundamental satisfaction in the life of a believer.

Blessedness, however, is not static, but progressive. This progressiveness of blessedness depends upon the fulfillment of the conditions set down in these Beatitudes:

  1. “The poor in spirit…” (ptochos, 4434), here indicates the helpless person contrasted to penes (3993), which means “poor but able to help oneself.” The first step to blessedness is the realization of one’s spiritual helplessness, and thus the need for Christ.
  2. “Those who mourn…” hoi penthountes (3996), sorrow for one’s sins and the sins of others. It is the passive attitude…i.e. repentance.
  3. “Humble / Gentle / Meek…” Humbleness, (prautes 4240, and praos 4235, or praus 4239) which in this context means to become angry at sin. It is the active attitude of the Christian toward sin in combating it instead of a passive, indifferent attitude.
  4. “Those who hunger…” When one exercises active combativeness against sin, he hungers for a new filing of God’s righteousness (dikaiosune, 1343) which is the realization of God’s righful expectation of the believer. “Those who hunger…” in Greek is the present participle hoi peinontes, which is better rendered “the hungering one,” indicating constant and iterative satisfaction with God’s righteousness, expending the received energy and hungering anew over and over as with physical hunger.
  5. “Merciful…” The outward demonstration of the Christian character is shown in “mercifulness” (eleos, 1656). This is the missionary and altruistic attitude of the Christian in empathizing with the unbeliever and suffering with him the consequences of his sin and doing everything possible to relieve the tragic results. The difference between “grace” charis (5485) and eleos, is that the first affects the character of a person and changes it. Only God can effect grace but we are admonished to show mercy and be eleemones (1655), “merciful,” to alleviate the consequences of sin.
  6. “Pure in heart…” Purity of heart is not something that is achieved once and for all, but it is a continuous cleansing that the believer experiences as a result of the fulfillment of the previous conditions of blessedness.  The more pure a person is, the more clear his sight of God becomes(Mt 6:22-23).
  7. “Peacemakers…”  Peacemaking is not simply trying to stop the feuding between nations and people, but bringing the peace of God that the believer has experienced to his fellow human beings.
  8. Persecuted…” Being “persecuted for the sake of righteousness: causes a person to reach the highest rung of the satisfaction of blessedness.

When does this state of blessedness begin with the believer?  It is not something to be experienced in the afterlife as the Greeks believed, but it is something that begins the very moment that a person believes on Jesus Christ.  This is demonstrated by the fact that the promise concerning the kingdom of the heavens as in v. 3 and v. 10 is in the present tense while all the other promises are in the future.  The fruits of one’s obedience to the conditions for the blessedness begin here, but they are not all given here.  They will be given in their totality in the future, in heaven (v.12)

Pure in Heart – Lift Up Your Heads!

February 12, 2014

Psalm 24:3-4,7 NKJV … Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy [dwelling]place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. … Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.

Matthew 5:8 NKJV … Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.

Who may lift up their heads and ascend into the hill of the Lord? Into His dwelling place/presence?
==> Those with clean hands and a pure heart

From NetBible Ps 24:4

  • *clean hands – pure heart ==>The “hands” allude to one’s actions, the “heart” to one’s thought life and motives.
  • pure[01249] = clear, sincere
    From[01305] = to purify, select, polish, choose, purge, cleanse or make bright, test or prove, examine

From NetBible Mt 5:8

  • pure[2513] = clean, purified by fire, sincere, blameless, innocent, free from falsehoods
    * like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit
  • see[3700] = to behold, to allow oneself to be seen

==> Those who have not lifted up their souls to an idol

From NetBible Ps 24:4

  • lift up[05375] = rise up, look up
  • *lift up his soul to an idol ==> here means to “long for” or “desire strongly.”
    ==>the opposite of Ps 143:8 -lift up his soul to the Lord
    Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.

The words above give a beautiful picture of what a pure heart is. A heart that so longs for the Lord’s presence that it willingly submits to the Lord’s purifying fire or pruning. A heart that longs to hear and do the Lord’s will alone. The pictures of a pure heart above are much like the picture painted below in Paul’s prayer(Phil 1:9-11). 

The strong’s word – heilikrines [1506] for sincere in his prayer is very interesting. It means pure, sincere, unsullied. Looking more closely at this word, we see it is actually a compound word. The first part comes from heile (the sun’s ray), the second from krino (to judge). So the two parts together mean to be found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light!

What a beautiful picture of a sincere/pure heart!

The heart of one with a “sincere” devotion to the Lord will be found pure when examined and judged by the Son, the light of the world. It will be a heart that has willingly submitted to Lord’s searching and cleansing.

From NetBbible Phil 1:10

  • *sincere – heilikrines[1506] = pure, unsullied
    *found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light
    *from heile (the sun’s ray) and [2919]; judged by sunlight, i.e. tested as genuine (figuratively):-pure, sincere.
Philippians 1:9-11 NKJV … And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God..Psalm 139:23-24    Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Related:
A Sincere Heart
Pure Sincere Hearts{prayer}
Whiter than Snow{prayer}

Beatitudes: Beautiful Attitudes

January 29, 2014

THE BEATITUDES (Matthew 5:1-12) get their name from the Latin word beatus, meaning blessed. They teach both blessings and the attitudes of the heart that receive these blessings.

From Cultivating Beatitude Attitudes

“When [Jesus] saw the multitudes, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.  And opening His mouth He began to teach them” (Matt. 5:1- 2).

Jesus’ earthly ministry included teaching, preaching, and healing. Wherever He went He generated great excitement and controversy. Usually great multitudes of people followed Him as He moved throughout the regions of Judea and Galilee. Thousands came for healing, many came to mock and scorn, and some came in search of truth.

On one such occasion Jesus delivered His first recorded message: the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7). In it He proclaimed a standard of living diametrically opposed to the standards of His day–and ours. Boldly denouncing the ritualistic, hypocritical practices of the Jewish religious leaders, He taught that true religion is a matter of the heart or mind. People will behave as their hearts dictate (Luke 6:45), so the key to transformed behavior is transformed thinking.

At the beginning of His sermon Jesus presented the Beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-12): a list of the godly attitudes that mark a true believer and insure true happiness. The Greek word translated “blessed” in those verses speaks of happiness and contentment. The rest of the sermon discusses the lifestyle that produces it.

Jesus taught that happiness is much more than favorable circumstances and pleasant emotions. In fact, it doesn’t necessarily depend on circumstances at all. It is built on the indwelling character of God Himself. As your life manifests the virtues of humility, sorrow over sin, gentleness, righteousness, mercy, purity of heart, and peace, you will experience happiness that even severe persecution can’t destroy.

Lord send Your Holy Spirit to minister to me as I study the below attitudes and blessings. Help me to make any attitude changes that may be shown to me. Thank You that as I do this, I will experience the true joy of knowing and being more and more like You, Jesus Christ my Savior.

Matthew 5:3-12 NASB … Attitude … Blessing

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
From NetBible Mt 5:3

  • Blessed[3107] = happy, fortunate
    *The term Blessed introduces the first of several beatitudes promising blessing to those whom God cares for. They serve as an invitation to come into the grace God offers.

for theirs IS the kingdom of heaven.

From NetBible Mt 5:3

  • *The present tense here is significant. Jesus makes the kingdom and its blessings currently available. This phrase is unlike the others in the list with the possessive pronoun being emphasized.

4 “Blessed are those who mourn,

for they shall be comforted.

5 “Blessed are the gentle,

for they shall inherit the earth.

6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they shall be satisfied.

7 “Blessed are the merciful,

for they shall receive mercy.

8 “Blessed are the pure in heart,

for they shall see God.

9 “Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they shall be called sons of God.

10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 Rejoice and be glad,

for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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Related:
Beatitudes: Blessedness Meaning
Blessed: The Beatitudes – NKJV vs MSG
Theme: Blessed Beatitudes
Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit
Pure in Heart – Lift Up Your Heads!

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

Bible Study: You Are Blessed

December 4, 2011

From NavPress: Bible Study: You Are Blessed

You Are Blessed
Scripture Who blessed? Nature of Blessing
Deut 33:29 Israel(God prevails) The Lord is a protective shield & triumphant sword!
Ps 1 Those who delight in the Lord’s commands The Lord guards the way of the righteous
Ps 32:1-2 Those whose sins are forgiven Joy/relief of sins being covered
Ps 41:1-3 Those who consider the poor, weak & helpless Life is protected and preserved –  sickbed is overturned
Ps 84:4-7 Those who dwell in the Lord’s house & ever praise Strength in the Lord is obtained- go from strength to strength
Ps 94:12-13 Those who the Lord corrects or instructs Protected in times of trouble
Ps 106:3,5 Those who promote justice Share in gladness of God’s nation and inheritance
Ps 112:1-9 Those who fear the Lord and delight in His commands Integrity endures, the Lord honors and vindicates the righteous
Ps 119:1-2,6 Those who walk in the law of the LORD and seek Him wholeheartedly Unashamed
Pro 3:13-14 Those who find wisdom and gain understanding The moral “benefit” of wisdom is more “profitable” than silver
Pro 20:7 Those who walk in integrity The Lord blesses the children of the righteous
Isa 30:18 Those who wait for the Lord in faith The Lord shows mercy and has compassion on those who wait for Him
Isa 56:1-2 Those who promote justice The Lord openly vindicates the righteous
Beatitudes
Mt 5:3 Those who are poor in spirit Theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Mt 5:4 Those who mourn They will be comforted
Mt 5:5 Those who are meek/gentle They will inherit the earth
Mt 5:6 Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness They will be satisfied/filled
Mt 5:7 Those who are merciful They will be shown mercy
Mt 5:8 Those who are pure in heart They will see God
Mt 5:9 Those who are peacemakers They will be called children of God
Mt 5:10 Those who are persecuted for righteousness Theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Mt 5:11-12 Those who are insulted and falsely accused because of the Lord Their reward in heaven is great

To Ponder:
* Do you notice any patterns among the people who are blessed? In the blessings themselves?

* How do the Beatitudes compare with the list from the Old Testament?

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Related:
Blessed: The Beatitudes – NKJV vs MSG

Blessed

January 13, 2010
The BeatitudesMatthew 5:3-12
NKJV MSG
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 3 You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 4 You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 5 You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. 6 You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. 7 You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 8 You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 9 You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 10 You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you 11-12 Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.