Beatitudes: Blessed Are the Persecuted (Conclusion)

Matthew 5:10-12, “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in…

Beatitudes: Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” The Greek word for “peacemakers” is εἰρηνοποιοί (eirenopoioi), which comes from the verb ποιέω (poiéo) that means “to make, do, construct, create,” so literally it means, “one who creates peace.” As God’s children, we are given the ability to make peace. Not…

Beatitudes: Blessed Are the Pure in Heart

Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” This is not a conditional statement in that if we have pure actions and intentions, we will be saved and therefore see God, because we are not saved by works. Christ alone makes us pure. “And everyone who thus hopes in Him purifies himself…

Beatitudes: Blessed Are the Merciful

Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” We often look for reasons to be merciful. If you keep looking for a reason to give mercy, you will find that you’ll never be merciful. Mercy does not need a reason to be given, otherwise it would no longer be mercy. Mercy does not…

Beatitudes: Blessed Are the Gentle

Matthew 5:5, “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.” The meek are kindhearted, soft-spoken, caring, and compassionate people. This is a mirror image of Christ, and so we shall reign with Him and inherit the new heavens and new earth after our bodies are resurrected on the Last Day (Revelation 20:6). The Christian…

Beatitudes: Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Last time, Jesus said the poor in spirit are blessed because the kingdom of Heaven is theirs. Now He says people who mourn are blessed because they will be comforted. When we grieve, others grieve with us. We receive comfort from those who have…