“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” – Matthew 5:3
LIGHT FOR NOW: The believer in Christ is rich in the Spirit.
It is established in our previous study on this subject that bible interpretation must not be an innovation, rather it must be an excavation. And thus, Bible teaching must be you delving into a text to unravel the intent of the author when it was first written. It is not you giving an assumed meaning to the scriptures but you letting the scriptures to explain itself. Hence, when this fact governing Bible interpretation is lost, then a vital truth communicated in a text of scripture by any author will eventually be lost. That said, we saw in our previous study that the assumed meaning given to the above text by many folks is based on their inability to observe certain key words that make up the text. Previously, we examined the term ‘poor in spirit’ and we discovered that it implies to be destitute of the spirit; to be worthless or helpless spiritually speaking; to be in lack of the spirit. Thus, from what this term implies, it therefore means that the above text had nothing to do with humility neither was it in reference to the absence of money. Now, if the term ‘poor in spirit’ implies to lack the spirit, then it is safe to say that instead of being the absence of money, it will thus be the absence of the spirit. Now, the question is, is the believer in Christ in lack of God’s spirit or is God’s spirit absent in a believer’s life? To answer this, let’s allow the scripture to speak for itself. “For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but ye have received the spirit of adoption whereby we cry Abba, father” (Romans 8:14-15).
“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God” (1 Corinthians 2:12). “in whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye have believed, ye were sealed with that holy spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13). “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the spirit of his son into your hearts, crying, Abba, father” (Galatians 4:6). From the above overwhelming evidence, it is clear that the believer has been indwelt by God’s spirit or sealed by God’s spirit and thus the believer in Christ is not lacking or in destitute in the spirit or the things of the spirit. So, is the believer poor in spirit or rich in the spirit? The believer obviously is rich in the spirit and the things of the spirit. Just like the term, ‘poor in spirit’ means to lack the spirit and the things of the spirit, then the term, ‘rich in spirit’ will mean the presence of the spirit and the things in the spirit. We are rich in the spirit. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Never think that you are poor in the spirit. You are rich in the spirit.
PRAYER: Thank you lord for the indwelling of the spirit. I declare that I am rich in the spirit and in the things of the spirit, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: The believer is indwelt by the spirit and therefore is not poor in the spirit.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: GALATIANSCHAPTER 4