Humility is the realization that all your gifts and blessings come from the grace of God. He wants us to try our best and give us a life full of blessings and reward us even bigger in heaven someday. It still means a haphazard random selection, success, collective possessions and wealth, not given others. The meek demonstrate a Christ-like attitude that demands nothing for itself. In contrast, the message of Jesus is one of humility, charity, and brotherly love. Four of the blessings also appear in the in the , followed by four which mirror the blessings. Now Jesus says that His disciples will be persecuted because of their faithfulness to Him.
Both must humble themselves before the Lord in order to be part of the kingdom. All except one of these points start with the word blessed. The question is difficult, and still gives rise to quite contrary opinions. They are called blessed because they place showing mercy above their own rights; they take no hostile stand against people in need, but try to show kindness to others and heal wounds. I will just say at this point that I believe that the reader can be confident that these are indeed the teachings of Jesus, and that the wording presents what Jesus said, either precisely, or in summary form as was done with Matt. God, as the righteous judge of the earth, will deal with that as well.
Matthew's remaining eight beatitudes expand on the first. And that hope brings them comfort. A bad example of this in the Bible were the Pharisees. No, and God knows that. And Jesus proclaimed all the right virtues but found opposition to his message because it called for them to enter his kingdom. But proving such a theory would be difficult to do. The declaration of blessedness, therefore, is based not only on the possession of the quality or experience described, but on the present or future rewards in which it issues.
They understand mercy for they know their own inadequacies, dependence, weaknesses and incompleteness. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. That you understand that God has given you all the great things or blessings and we should be very thankful and even willing to give them up or share them with others. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. This we call practical sanctification, becoming more and more like Christ.
In the above passage Jesus promises us happiness. The Pharisees, unlike the Sadducees, believed in the resurrection of the dead. Afraid to stand for their convictions, they end by having no convictions to stand to. The passage begins by saying that Jesus taught them, saying. Thus the Beatitude of the meek would go fitly with , that of the merciful with , that of the pure in heart with , that of the peacemakers with. Middle Eastern Christians have suffered severe persecution since the crises in Iraq and Syria. If there is no such note, then the material might have been put together.
Matthew then reported the calling of the first disciples, Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, who were fishing 4:18-20. But it was delivered immediately to the disciples. The Woman who brought forth the male child destined to rule all nations with an iron rod was persecuted in 12. The sermon begins with the beatitudes. Maybe you've cried because you got hurt or someone you knew died but this is different than that. There is nothing more deplorable, and there is nothing more preventable than people not being able to get along. Christ saw this as being so important that he included it in what we know as the Lord's prayer where he says: For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
These states, however, are blessed in their own way; only by battling these evils, which are rooted inside us, can we finally fully embrace the good life we have been striving for. Jesus talked a lot about helping others. It is usually referred to the eight state of blessedness, Jesus preached on the sermon on the mount, recorded in Matthew 5:3-12. God will make it up to them, and more. This view at least acknowledges that what we have in Matthew 5-7 are the teachings of Jesus himself. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets. Like the heart inside of us, it pumps blood and keeps us alive and if something is wrong with our heart we won't work right.
Blessed are the clean in heart, for they will see God. Christ tells us that we must avoid all sin, that we must be willing to take a lower place, that we must suffer for him, etc. They are free from their own pretensions, and therefore they are free for God. No believer in Christ could possibly be satisfied or content with his current spiritual position. This we call glorification, being transformed into the glorious state.