The Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian

MatthewJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » 5:1-12, RSV

By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloThe Legend of Arevalo. Read more ... », Jr.

November 02, 2014 (21st Sunday after PentecostBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... », All Saints Sunday)

 Introductionbeatitudes1

The Beatitudes are 8 blessings in the SermonThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » on the Mount in the GospelJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » of Matthew. Each is a proverb-like proclamation, without narrative, cryptic (mysterious), precise, and full of meaning. Each one includes a topic that forms a major biblical theme.

The term “beatitude” comes from the Latin noun beātitūdō which means “happiness.” It may also mean “perfect happiness,” Exalted happiness,” or “supreme blessedness.”

Each Beatitude consists of two phrases: the condition and the result. In almost every case the condition is from familiar Old TestamentThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » context, but JesusThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » teaches a new interpretation. Together, the Beatitudes present a new set of ChristianThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » ideals that focus on a spiritProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » of lovePut on the Breastplate of Love. Read more ... » and humilityThe Messiah was Born in a Manger. Read more ... » different in orientation than the usual forceHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » and exaction taken. They echo the highest ideals of the teachings of JesusThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » on mercyMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... », spiritualityThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... », and compassionPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... ».

“Our SaviorIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » here gives eight characters of blessed people, which represent to us the principal graces of a Christian” (Matthew HenryNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... »’s Commentary).

The ideal characters of Jesus’ disciplesJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » are seen in the Beatitudes.

I. Possession of Humility: PoorLiberation Theology's Concept of "Poor". Read more ... » in Spirit

1. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdomThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » of heavenThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... » (Mt.5:3).

“Poor in spirit” means to be humble. Humility is the realization that all your giftsCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » and blessings comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » from the graceThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » of GodGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... ». To have poverty of spirit means to be completely empty and open to the WordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » of God.

Although PastorProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » George Whitefield disagreed with Pastor John WesleyThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » on some theological matters, he was carefulThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » not to create problemsA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » in public that could be used to hinder the preaching of the gospel.

When someone asked Whitefield if he thought he would see WesleyWesley Divinity School is Remembered. Read more ... » in heaven, Whitefield replied, “I fearPGF the Lord!. Read more ... » not, for he will be so near the eternalThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » throne and we at such a distance, we shall hardly get sight of him” (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »). George Whitefield was a great evangelist, but still he did not brag about it.

2. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted (5:4).beatitudes2

Mourning is a situation where heartsThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » are broken, that brokenness humbled ourselves, and we accept the fact that we cannot do something about a hopeless situation. For example, deathLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » of a loved one; termination from our favorite job; etc.

However, according to our beatitude those that mourn, they shall be comforted. For us disciples of Jesus ChristThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... », we believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » that he would comfortHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » us in times of “gloomy” situation, in times of hopelessness, and in times of discomfort. Just open our hearts to Jesus ChristJesus is Missing!. Read more ... ».

3. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earthCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » (5:5).

“Meek” means overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame. No one can be meek without being humble. The text shows that if we are meek, we will inherit the worldJesus is Missing!. Read more ... ». That’s a wonderful prophecyProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » to those who are meek.

II. Possession of Nothingness: HungryThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » and ThirstyThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » After RighteousnessWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... »

4. Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled (5:6).

If our bucket is empty, there’s big opportunity that it will be filled, since there are space for anything that one would fill it up. Those who are aspiring for righteousness, God would show his justice to those who could wait and for those who are humble. In theologyTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », we have a term “creatio ex nihiloCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... »,” which means God created something out of nothing. Do you have “nothing?” let God do something about it. Offer our nothingness to God.

III. Possession of Something to Share: Merciful, Purity and PeaceCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... »

Those who are filled, they have something to share.

5. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy (5:7).

Those who are merciful shall obtain mercy. His mercy helps him to knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » the people. He himself can receiveThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » mercy from the people. How MotherMother’s Value Far Exceeds the Finest Jewels. Read more ... » Teresa served the poor and the sickLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » in India? Due to her heart full of love and mercy.

6. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God (5:8).

Those who are pure in heart, they could easily share that purity to other people. Without the pure heart we have nothing to share. Let us offer hearts to God and let him purify them.

7. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons of God (5:9).

Those who have peace can be peace makers. Peacemakers mean one must find peace or create peace where is no peace. Creating peace means creating harmony. If we have powerLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... » to create peace, let us also create harmony.

8. Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heavenA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... » (5:10).

We thankPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » the early martyrs of our faithI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... ». They gave up their lives so that we could enjoy our freedomThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » in faith nowadays.

William Tyndale (1494-1536) was an English scholar who became a towering figure in Protestant613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » reform in the years leading up to his execution. He became outlawed in his country, England due to his faith and translation of the Hebrew“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... »-GreekThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » BibleThe King Who Authorized KJV Bible Was a Freemason. Read more ... » into English.

In 1935, Tyndale was arrested and jailed for over a year. In 1536 he was convicted of heresy and executed by strangulation, after which his body was burnt at the stake by the Roman“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » Catholic ChurchProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » (Wikipedia.comThree Important Roles of Christ’s Disciples. Read more ... »).mt5.1-12beatitudes

Conclusion

Jesus expected that the ideal characters are expected to appear.

Mat 5:11-12 says, “Blessed are ye when men shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evilThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » against you falsely, for my sake. RejoiceIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... », and be exceeding glad: for great is your rewardThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophetsThis Man Trusts His Workers But Look What They Do to His Son and Messengers. His Envoys Do Not Return so He Comes Back with Vengeance!. Read more ... » which were before you.”

In verses 5:11-12, the eight Beatitudes are followed by what is often viewed as a commentary—a further clarification of the eighth one with specific application being made to the disciples. Instead of referencing third-person plural “they”, Jesus changes to second-person “you.”

Together, the Beatitudes present a new set of ideals that focus on love and humility rather than force and exaction. They echo the highest ideals of Jesus’ teachings on spirituality and compassion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatitudes).

In his book Mere ChristianityThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... », C.S. LewisThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... » wrote, “Do not waste your timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor act as if you did. As soon as we do this, we find one of the great secrets.

When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.

If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more.

If you do him a goodThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » turn, you will find yourself disliking him less” (sermonillustrations.com). What are the lessons here? Let us act out God’s love and humility to others and it will changeJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » our attitudes and decisions.

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