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In this writing I am looking at “The Beatitudes”, However, I feel that I shall go in a direction not often taken…not often broached, not often taught in truth.
Surely most all ministers do tell a truth of these words that Jesus spoke and do not lie, as far as lying is concerned.
Throughout my life I have always felt that if the complete truth were not told then none of it had been presented –
For years and ages one can say, folk have been taught as far as the ‘pulpit’ took them.
As is the pulpit, so is the Soul OR As goes the pulpit so goes the community and even the world.
People have been taught only certain things, either by parents who only had or desired a milk drinker’s version of the Bible and the knowledge therein contained. Maybe even some have been taught more by the denominational allowances of a “yes” man.
Lastly we do from time to time cross the path of a true meat eater and one that desires to learn of Christ and His Word.
[For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
[If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Let us walk through these ‘beatitudes’ that Christ gave, let us read carefully and also let us enjoy the liberal and free gifts of God in the fact that as asked, He has and will allow His Holy Spirit to reveal the Truth to us.
Truth often hurts, especially if one is accustomed to old lies and
Self-righteousness ; the stiff neck is one hard to move and eventually is broken or else goes through life a spiritual cripple.
So, One by One we will examine, search, and seek the truth and then apply it to our hearts and lives and raze the falsehood that has been the proverbial albatross to our souls’ freedom.
(1) And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
(2) And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
(3) Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
(4) Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
(5) Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
(6) Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
(7) Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
(8) Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
(9) Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
(10) Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
(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.
(12) Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
(13) Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
(14) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
(15) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
(16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
(17) Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
(18) For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
(19) Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Poor - ptōchos - πτώσσω ptōssō - a beggar (as cringing), that is, pauper (strictly denoting absolute or public mendicanc.(strongs)
1) reduced to beggary, begging, asking alms
2) destitute of wealth, influence, position, honour
3) lacking in anything
3a) as respects their spirit
3a1) destitute of wealth of learning and intellectual culture which the schools afford (men of this class most readily give themselves up to Christ’s teaching and proved them selves fitted to lay hold of the heavenly treasure)
Spirit - πνεῦμα - (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition. (strongs)
2) the spirit, i.e. the vital principal by which the body is animated
2a) the rational spirit, the power by which the human being feels, thinks, decides
2b) the soul
3) a spirit, i.e. a simple essence, devoid of all or at least all grosser matter, and possessed of the power of knowing, desiring, deciding, and acting
4) the disposition or influence which fills and governs the soul of any one
4a) the efficient source of any power, affection, emotion, desire, etc.
It can well be seen here that in only two words out of the first of the beatitudes, that most men are miserably wrong in their living, their ways of doing business and in their duties as Husbands, Fathers and men of good standing.
This all surely does not mean that we go around with such a long face that we could eat oats out of a half inch gas pipe ; it does however intend to teach and show us that our hearts, souls, lives, actions, deeds, ways and life style need a change. That less pride is needed, less self-desire, less self-thought righteousness. We must humble ourselves to be able to be reached, we must see ourselves as the Holy Spirit sees us in order to know who we are. Then and only then can He change us and mold us into what He desires that we are and become and need be.
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness’s are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Isaiah 64:6)
From an unused root meaning to set a period (compare H5710 and H5749); the menstrual flux (as periodical); by implication (in plural) soiling: - filthy.
So in the beatitudes as well as the entirety of the teachings of Christ, we must know the following:
We are great Sinners and He is a great savior. (Adapted from John Newton)
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
From G3997; to grieve (the feeling or the act): - mourn, (be-) wail.
1) to mourn
2) to mourn for, lament one
Quite often as in other areas of scripture – in the Beatitudes, the scriptures ae misinterpreted, misrepresented and truthfully just never taught as they should be. The Scripture is read in its true form and discussed most often only as a surface teaching and or skimming. Much like the skipping of a rock across the top of water. It looks and sounds nice, pretty, amazing and or etc. Yet it never sinks deep enough to make a difference or for folk to take on the real and true potential.
In the teaching here, out of one single word, (mourn) we can lean the following:
Mourning is for The sin, for their own sins; the sin of their nature, indwelling sin, which is always working in them, and is a continual grief of mind.
These sins are committed against a God of love, grace, and mercy, because their sins grieve the Spirit, and shame the Gospel of Christ.
Secondly there is a mourning of Sin on the part of others, of the sins that plague mankind, for those who live in a false state of grace and salvation, all the while thinking they are saved.
Do you mourn?
Have you taken an introspective look within self and seen the black plague that fills you soul like a lagoon filled with animal waste?
Are you so wrapped up in the thoughts of self and or in a false state of being that you cannot mourn for others? Is the mourning that you do; is it real, is it enough to bring about true prayer time for others, to make a change in your life for the betterment of the Kingdom of God?
It’s quite different when one takes the beatitudes and deepens their look into them and at the true meanings of the Words used – it makes people instantly guilty (not that they were not anyway, now they must know it).
I strongly urge you to follow along with me and continue the investigation of the Beatitudes and by doing so you can free your life and self and soul.
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