In my February e-teaching titled Three Questionable Beliefs Christians Hold Concerning Modern Israel, I attempted to show that, because God is a moral being, He has not always historically sided with the nation of Israel. A moral being cannot side with people who become immoral. And for the same reason, God never gave the descendants of Israel perpetual, unconditional, sovereign right to the land called Palestine. If He did so apart from moral considerations, He would not be a moral being. This is Bible 101.
How can salt become unsalty? That’s something I’ve been wondering a long time.
We’ve been working our way through the beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount, and looking at all the characteristics of the people who were blessed, that is the people who are on the road to eternal life, and asking ourselves the question, Am I among the blessed? Which is another way of saying am I amongst the saved? Am I amongst those who have been touched by the Holy Spirit and then transformed.
Is everybody saying nice things about you? Well, if so, I feel so sorry for you! We’re working our way through what are referred to as the beatitudes. At the beginning of the Sermon of the Mount, Jesus tells us who are the blessed people. And there’s only one kind of blessed person, the person who’s on the road to eternal life.
Are you a peace maker? Welcome to today’s little lesson, as we continue working our way through the Beatitudes. These are the characteristics of the blessed, and all the blessed people share to a greater or lesser degree in all of these characteristics.
If we have them, we know we’re blessed. If we’re lacking them, we’re not among the blessed. And so, this is a way to gauge whether your salvation is authentic or not. Are you really born again? Have you really believed in Jesus? Well, just read the Beatitudes and see if you can identify with them.
There is outward holiness and there is inward holiness, and you’ve got to have inward holiness if you’re going to go to Heaven. Stay with me.
Welcome to today’s Little Lesson as we continue working our way through the beatitudes. Another way of titling these beatitudes would be the characteristics of the blessed, or another way of titling them would be the marks of those who are going to Heaven or the characteristics of those who are saved, because all of these beatitudes are reflections of the transformation that occurs in the lives of those who truly believe in Jesus and believe the gospel. We’ve seen that over and over again through the first beatitudes.
Did you know that only hungry and thirsty people are going to heaven? Well, it’s true.
We’re continuing in today’s lesson looking at one of the Beatitudes that we find at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus tells us who are the blessed people. We’re taking a look and asking ourselves the question, “am I one of those blessed people?”
Only the gentle and only the merciful will go to Heaven. It’s true!
We’ve begun to take a look at what are commonly referred to as “the Beatitudes”, the initial statements that Jesus made at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, and we’ve looked at two of those Beatitudes so far. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, and blessed are those who mourn.”
Are you characterized by being mournful? I hope you are. In our previous few Little Lessons we’ve been looking at the beginning of what are commonly referred to as “the Beatitudes,” right at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount. They are the characteristics of the blessed.
Who are the blessed? The blessed are the people who are on the road to heaven, and that becomes very clear as you read through all of them. The first one of course was, “Blessed are those who are poor in spirit …” we defined that over the last two Little Lessons. “Theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Are you a spiritual beggar? And I hope you are. Today’s Little Lesson is a continuation of our previous Little Lesson, as we were looking at the very first thing that Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
And just by way of very quick review, I pointed out that we don’t want to make the mistake of looking at the Beatitudes like some people look at their horoscope, picking their zodiac symbol and finding out what their unique destiny is.
What does it mean to be poor in spirit? Today’s question revolves around something that Jesus said at the very beginning of His Sermon on the Mount as recorded in Matthew 5-7. At the beginning of that sermon, we find what have been called the Beatitudes, where Jesus says, “Blessed are the …” And He relates some characteristic and He gives the reason that those people who display that characteristic are blessed. “…because they shall,” and He tells the blessing.
Those Beatitudes have been variously interpreted. I think it’s always best to interpret everything that Jesus said in the light of the rest of the Bible. People have Jesus saying sometimes some very bizarre things by their interpretation; things that can’t be supported by the rest of the Bible.