Archive for March 2015

People of Promise 65 Beatitude 9

Beatitude 9 could also be labeled Beatitude 8b because it deals with the same basic topic—persecution. But, we designate this passage as Beatitude 9 because it starts with “Blessed.”  So, let’s have a look. Matt. 5:11 Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous— with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of [...]

People of Promise 64 Beatitude 8

Blessed and happy and enviably fortunate and spiritually prosperous (in the state in which the born-again child of God enjoys and finds satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of his outward conditions) are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake (for being and doing right), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven! (Matt. 5:10) [...]

People of Promise 62 Beatitude 6

In His sixth Beatitude, Jesus notes: Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous—possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God! (Matt. 5:8). It might seem at first glance that [...]