God’s Upside-down Kingdom - Step 3
“Blessed are those who mourn” Matt 5:4
So then, those who mourn over their sins will find that the Holy Spirit comes along side, and gives them the strength and direction they need to walk out true repentance. There is a comfort and confidence that comes from victory over sin.
“Blessedare the poor in spirit” Matt 5:3
Blessed... Before we dig into what are commonly called the Beatitudes, I want to share with you something off the charts about the word “Blessed.” We toss this word around pretty carelessly. If someone sneezes we say “Bless you!” or if we are real spiritual we might say “Ga bless you!” But this Greek word “Blessed” is pregnant with meaning. If you read the beatitudes in the Amplified Bible you will see the word “Blessed” rendered 14 different ways in these 8 statements.
- To be envied
- Spiritually prosperous
- With life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions
- Enviably happy
- With a happiness produced by the experience of God's favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace
- Blithesome (who knows what that means in this day and age – but you get the idea.)
- In that state in which the born-again child of God enjoys His favor and salvation
- Enviably fortunate
- Possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God's favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions.
- Enjoying enviable happiness.
- In the state in which the born-again child of God enjoys and finds satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of his outward conditions.
assignment or commission. When God gives an assignment is it much more than an errand to run. Think about Nehemiah. When the king sent him to rebuild the walls of the city, the king gave him his blessing and assigned to him the resources, and authority to complete the mission.
inerrant Word of God, written by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. So why make
some of it red and the rest in black.
nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” (John
6:63 NASB) Jesus says of His own words – they are Spirit and they are Life. Jesus
is the “Word made flesh” (John 1:14) God spoke the Word (Jesus) and created all
things. There is no more powerful force in the universe that the Word of Jesus.
our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is
conceited and understands nothing…” (I Timothy 6:3,4a NASB) Paul tells us that
all doctrine must line up with the teachings of Jesus. Jesus is the ultimate
plumb line. We must judge all doctrine and all our theology against the life
and words of Jesus. It is a big mistake to take the words of Paul and allow
your interpretation of them to “trump” the words of Jesus. This goes for the
Old Testament as well. For instance, if you take the example of the life of Job
and superimpose it over the life of Jesus, and explain away the words of Jesus
based on the life of Job, you are misunderstanding.
understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ
Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians
2:2b,3 NASB) Here we see that true wealth and treasure is all hidden in Christ.
Hebrews 1:1-4 tells us that Jesus is the express image of God, so if we want to
see what God is really like, we should not dig around in the Old Testament, but
rather look at the clear image of God – Jesus.
and challenge the reader to get closer to Him, and conform more fully to His