Monday, August 22, 2005

 

Beatitudes: Part 1 of 8

Over the course of the next eight weeks I'll be writing a few observations on the "Beatitudes" portion of the "Sermon on the Mount." Much of what follows is derived from the teachings of Pastor Derald Skinner, Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor.

Matt 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

What does it mean to be "poor in spirit"? The phrase is not used anywhere else in scripture. Henry's commentary defines the poor in spirit thus,
"They are humble and lowly in their own eyes. They see their want, bewail their guilt, and thirst after a Redeemer."
I believe that the key word here is "humble". Humility is the foundation for salvation. This is because, if you are prideful in all things, you will not recognize your need for a savior. If you don't recognize your need for a savior on a deep level that goes beyond the mere intellectual, how can you truly repent? How can you submit to the lordship of Christ? Only a man who knows his weaknesses can surrender to Christ. And only one who has surrendered to Christ can inherit the kingdom of heaven.

Also see:
Matthew 18:1-5

Philippians 2:3-4

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