Theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matt 5:3 & 10
I know I am getting out of order here. I was just lying in bed – it is about 10 minutes to 12 on Friday night, and I was mulling.
Now let me be clear. I have studied through and taught through the Beatitudes probably more than any other passage in the Bible. It is my favorite by far. I have notes dating back a decade from preparations for this little piece of scripture.
But tonight – closing in on the middle of the night – I am trying to get to sleep, and the phrase “Theirs is the kingdom of heaven” is rolling around in my head. This phrase that is calling me to my laptop to put down my thoughts does not even belong in my mind right now. I mean we are right smack in the middle of the beatitudes, and this phrase bookends the passage. I suppose I could wait and release this in a week or so when I get to the end of the passage. But I feel a sense of urgency in my spirit like I need this to go out now.
What if "Their's is the kingdom of heaven,"rather than meaning they gain entrance into the kingdom, as in, the poor in spirit get saved, what if what it means is the poor in spirit and the peacemakers for that matter, get the kingdom of God? What if those who are broken before God are not just given a ticket for St. Peter to punch, but they actually possess the entire kingdom. What if we are not just someday going on a long trip to visit a great place, but we actually have ownership (and not some sad 52nd part like a time share, but we are on the deed) of the kingdom of God.
Isn’t that what Paul was talking about when he said we are joint heirs with Christ? (Rom 8:17) Doesn’t that line up with us being seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus? (Eph 2:6) Isn’t the very fact that the Holy Spirit is in our lives the “deposit guaranteeing our inheritance.” (Eph 1:14) Or how about this outrageous bit from Daniel: "But the saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it for ever--yes, for ever and ever." (Dan 7:18)
So I have a question for you, Lord. How should this look in my life? What does it mean for me to be in possession of a kingdom? [Tweet This] And not just any kingdom, but a heavenly kingdom!
I dare you to ask God that question. Share what you hear with me and let’s compare notes!