Scripture Reading—Matthew 5:1-26
What is Christlikeness, fruit of the Spirit look like, the application of NT doctrine, what does love your neighbor look like? --all of this is answered by the Sermon on the Mount.
Matthew 5:3—starts off annoying people from the get go!
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed—happiness based on God’s approval and good character.
Poor—to be in want, a beggar. Those who see and feel the needy state they are in. Those who have left all for Christ. Often used to describe as a mental state, a mindset with no regard toward temporal circumstances. In Spirit—in way of thinking, their deepest consciousness realizes their need, without God I have nothing.
--opposite is pride and self-sufficiency.
--many who are materially poor are proud (vow of poverty) or covetous.
Kingdom—theirs even now and more fully later, full riches in a body that can handle them. Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and JOY!
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?6 But ye have despised [dishonored] the poor. Do not rich men oppress [dominate] you, and draw [drag] you before the judgment seats?7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
Poor of this world—in the world’s eyes. Rich in faith—not a measure of faith, rich in their position as believers. Their riches are wrapped up in everything that comes by faith.
Rich in this world blaspheme the name of God in acting in this way.
Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified.17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.
Poor—lowly, depressed, afflicted, humble. Needy—poor, beggarly.
Thinketh—regard, value, reckon. He counts me as something!
Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
Look—regard with pleasure and favor. Contrite—smitten, maimed. Humble view of self. Trembleth—fear, afraid.
--God doesn’t need physical stuff; He desires spiritual reality.
1 Corinthians 4:8-10
Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you.9 For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.
Most Christians would rather identify with Corinthians than with apostles! Tell me all the happy things that let me know how great I am.
--One way you know you’re not spiritually mature is if you’re proud of your spiritual maturity.
2 Corinthians 6:8-10—the state of the apostles.
By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
Poor—Paul is a beggar who makes people rich in Christ! Possessing—perhaps in life to come, ownership makes you delineate between what’s yours and what’s not.
2 Corinthians 8:9
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
Grace—giving. Gave up heavenly glory for earthly humility so we in earthly humility might enjoy heavenly glory.
--Kingdom of God goes to those who don’t need earthly glory because they are the only ones who will want heavenly glory! That is the Gospel.