“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” – Matthew 5:3
LIGHT FOR NOW: You cannot ignore precise knowledge as a believer.
It has been seen clearly from the above text that the term, ‘poor in spirit’ implies to be in lack of the spirit and thus cannot be used in reference to the believer in Christ today because the believer in Christ has been indwelt by God’s spirit. We saw this fact from the overwhelming evidence in the scriptures in our previous study. Hence, the text above which has been used by many as a threat to believers not entering or making it to the kingdom of heaven does not connote or portray such threat. That is, that text is not saying that if the believer is not poor in the spirit, then the kingdom of God is far from him. No! The believer in the first place is not poor in the spirit, he is rich in the spirit and if the believer is rich in the spirit, then the kingdom of heaven (used in the above text) with relation to being poor in the spirit ought to be well explained to clear out assumptions. Does it mean that the kingdom of heaven are for those who are poor in the spirit, and since the believer is not poor in the spirit but rich in the spirit, then the kingdom of heaven is not for the believer? Furthermore, if the ‘poor in spirit’ is not in reference to the believer in Christ today, why did Jesus even say ‘blessed are the poor in spirit, who was he even blessing or who was being blessed in this instance? To ascertain further clarity, let us examine the word, ‘blessed’. The word, ‘blessed’ was translated from the Greek word ‘makarios’ which means happy. In other words, what Jesus was saying can be better rendered as ‘happy are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Now, having known what the term, ‘poor in spirit’ implies, the question now is, why the need for the happiness? Why is it that one is in lack of the spirit and Jesus is saying ‘happy’? How can one be in lack or destitute of the spirit, and Jesus is saying happy are the poor in spirit, what is there to be happy about? And moreover, should the believer in Christ now be unhappy because he is not poor in the spirit in that Jesus said happy are the poor in spirit? The above questions are possible questions that will be running through the minds of many. However, in subsequent days as clarity will be ascertained to the above text in its fullest the above questions and many more will be clarified. So, why the reason to be happy as used in our text ‘Happy are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’? The reason for this happiness is “…for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. What does this mean? The subsequent days will reveal this to us.
INSTRUCTION: Never ignore knowledge. There is always a need to know.
PRAYER: Father, I declare that the knowledge of your word grows in me like never before. The eyes of my understanding is enlightened, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: Your Christian life as a Christian is as effective as your knowledge life as a Christian.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 14