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Matthew 5- The Beatitudes

And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:1-10

The Beatitudes also known famously as the “Sermon on the Mount” considered by many not only to be one of the greatest teachings by Christ, but one of the greatest teachings in the entire world. The word “Beatitudes” means Blessings, however also as you examine these “Blessings” given by Christ they line up with the Ten Commandments, God’s Moral Law. While The Law reveals our sinful nature, its only function is to condemn. Jesus is providing His blessings of the New Covenant, as Christ has fulfilled The Law (Matthew 5:17)

While the Old Covenant had physical and financial blessings, the New Covenant has spiritual blessings for God’s Kingdom. For example, when Jesus is talking about the “Poor in Spirit” He’s not talking about a physical wealth of money, He’s talking about a spiritual poorness, those who mourn over their sinful nature, those who are facing trials and tribulations, those who are persecuted for God, they are blessed through Jesus Christ. I’m not going to break down every blessing as I’ve done this previously on my page Beatitudes, but you get the idea Jesus is providing a New Covenant with an Eternal Kingdom that is greater than the Old Covenant

While we look down this list, our natural minds wonder how can any of these people be blessed? The hungry, the poor, and the mourning, but our victory is through Jesus Christ. This whole teaching was a radical shift from the Old Covenant, where you were blessed by your health and possessions. Christ has provided a Better Covenant built on better and eternal promises (Hebrews 8:6)

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Matthew 5:11-12

Now comes the even more radical part, Jesus said “Blessed are you when people insult and persecute you” What? How can we be blessed or happy when people hate us? Again this goes back to what Jesus just taught us “Blessed are the poor in spirit” ect, we are in a spiritual warfare(Ephesians 6), this calling on your life is not going to be easy but the victory is already yours through Christ. You need to keep an eternal perspective in a temporary world, this is hard to do. But as Jesus said “Great is your reward in Heaven” not in this world as false teachers are telling people. 

We need to reflect more upon these blessings by Christ. In a fallen world, its easy to get discouraged or defeated but remember the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, you are Blessed and Victorious already through Him (John 16:33) Amen!

Luke 6- The Beatitudes

And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets Luke 6:20-23

Here we take a look at Jesus “sermon on the mount” or also known as the “Beatitudes”, now this can also be found in the gospel of Matthew 5, some people believe these Beatitudes are really the total summarization of the Torah. However you interpret them, these are the standards Christ has laid out for our lives. I think it’s important when you interpret them, that you look at them from a spiritual perspective and not just a physical

We see this clearly when Jesus says we are blessed because we are poor, hungry, mourning, and hated. Now obviously from a natural perspective this makes no sense, however from a spiritual perspective , it makes perfect sense. As I explain in my commentary on the Beatitudes, Jesus is talking about God’s Kingdom to come (Revelation 21, Isaiah 65) the New Heavens and Earth, where there will be no more pain, no more sorrow, no more death! So those “poor in spirit” or suffering can rejoice, because Christ has delivered them!

Same thing will those who “hunger for righteousness” , God is just and the redeemer. He is going to bring justice to the world, there will no longer be corruption or persecution from a wicked government. God is making all things New (Revelation 21). As Jesus says “Great is your reward in Heaven” , God knows your pain, He knows your persecution, He knows your suffering, when Christ returns He is going to bring true Justice and Peace to the world through the King of Kings and Lord of Lords , Jesus Christ!

But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. Luke 6:24-27

But now comes the “Woes” , when you see the word Woe in the Bible, it’s basically the greatest proclamation of judgement upon someone. Who are condemned? Basically those who love this world and hate God. Don’t put your faith in your money, or your job, or your government, your faith needs to be in Christ alone! Only Jesus can save your soul, nothing in this world can, and everything in this world is temporary and will eventually fade away. Jesus is giving and declaring eternal hope for his people and condemnation upon the world

Christ is coming back soon, those who love this world are enemies of God (1 John 2:15) Be prepared for The Lord’s return, get Born Again through Christ and the Holy Spirit. Walk in the newness of life, serving the Lord and not yourself, keep your lamps lit Amen!