Interpretation of the Holy Bible - St. Matthew : Chapter 5 - lesson 3
- Interpretation of the Holy Bible - St. Matthew : Chapter 5 - lesson 3
�5:3 : �Blessed are the poor in spirit,�
Scriptures say who is blessed in many places. They are in Mathew 5:3-10; Luke 6:20-23; ( ie The Sermon ) John 13:17, 20:29; James 1:12; Romans 4:8; 1 Peter 3:14; Rev 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7,14; In the Old Testament :- Psalms 1:2, 34:1, 34:8, 40:4, 41:1, 65:4; 84:5; 94:13; 106:3; 112:1, 119:1 Malachi 3:15
The reference here is not merely about material poverty. The poor person understands his poverty and places his full hope to the Lord. Just like this poor man, one who places his full hope to the Lord is the �poor man�. �King� David shows this truth in Psalms. He says, � This poor man called�.� (Psalm 34:6). God will not discard such people. (Psalm 9:18, 33:10, 68:10, 72:4, 107:41, 132:15). In short one who understands his own powerlessness and who places all his hope to the God is blessed. So �the poor in spirit� is the one who places the Lord above all the material assets by treating them as trivial. For such people are �is the kingdom of heaven�.
Compare this with �your kingdom. � And �Thy will be done; as in heaven, so on earth� in Lord�s prayer (Mat 6). So � church is the fellowship of the believers where �Thy will be done on earth� same way as �Thy will be done in heaven�. (Kingdome of heaven is stated as church). So we have to be member of such church and live in obedience and righteousness.
The heavenly life after resurrection is the supreme reward for the �poor in spirit�. So we have to 1) understand our own powerlessness 2) submit to our Lord in full. 3) And so live in compete obedience 3) and inherit the kingdom of God
[ also read http://www.christiananswers.net/dictionary/poor.html ]
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