“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” – Matthew 5:3
LIGHT FOR NOW: Where spiritual growth is concerned, knowledge is vital.
We have come to discover in the course of this study what the term ‘poor in spirit’ and ‘blessed’ implies. Recall, we related the term ‘poor in spirit’ to the immediate audience of Jesus, the man who is not born again and the believer before he believed. Now, observe, the word ‘theirs’ is in reference to the ‘poor in spirit’. More so, the word ‘for’ in the above text can be better understood as ‘because’ from its originals. In other words, Jesus was now saying the poor in spirit should be happy because of the kingdom of heaven. Now, let’s examine the term ‘kingdom of heaven’. Firstly, it must be noted that the term kingdom of heaven, kingdom of God and the kingdom are one and the same thing as they are used interchangeably. Jesus’ words in Luke 12:32 gives us a lead to what this kingdom is. It reads, “Fear not little flock. For it is the father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”. We can deduce from Jesus’ statement here that the kingdom is a gift and not a place. Now, let’s observe chapter 17 of the same account for full clarity. “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, the kingdom of God cometh not with observation, neither shall they say, lo here! Or, lo, there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20-21). Jesus’ language in verse 20 (the kingdom of God cometh not with observation) implies that the kingdom cannot be seen as a physical location (it is not something to be seen in literal sense or physically). Also notice in verse 20, by them saying, ‘when the kingdom of God should come’, it implies that the kingdom wasn’t a place where people were planning to go to, it was a place people were expecting on earth. Jesus’ words in verse 21 now clarifies everything for us “behold the kingdom of God is within you”. The term, ‘within’ implies ‘among’. In other words, Jesus was saying the kingdom of God/heaven was amongst them. This is because Jesus was amongst them or present with them.
In essence, the presence of Jesus with them was the presence of the kingdom of with them; thus, the kingdom of God/heaven is Jesus. Now, bringing this back to Matthew 5:3, Jesus was saying the poor in spirit should be happy because of him (the kingdom of heaven) and not because they will make heaven at last. In other words, that the poor in spirit should be happy because it was for them that He (the kingdom of heaven) came; in that when he rises from the dead, he (the kingdom of heaven) will now dwell in men and when he dwells in men, the state of man will change from being poor in the spirit to being rich in the spirit. So, the statement was made in the light of what Jesus will do in us in the resurrection; that in the resurrection, we will no longer be poor in the spirit because the kingdom of heaven which is Christ Jesus will dwell in our hearts (that is His spirit in us). This is the reason for the happiness in this text. Happy are men empty of the spirit, because the kingdom of heaven (the person of Christ) has come to make men empty of the spirit to be full of the spirit or rich in the spirit. Thus, the statement was made in the light of the entire humanity, that when a man believes in Christ Jesus, the kingdom of heaven (the person of Christ) takes up residence in him and that residence in him transforms him from being poor in spirit to being rich in the spirit. Hence, when a man believes, he is no more poor in spirit because the kingdom of heaven has taken up residence inside of him. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Go for knowledge.
PRAYER: The eyes of my understanding is enlightened, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: when you are ignorant of your realities, you will live less of your realities.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 8; EVENING: 1ST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 2