Matthew 5 Verse 1

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [1]

Blessed are those is the kick off to the greatest sermon ever preached. Jesus is standing on the mountain side preaching to a large crowd the beatitudes. As He moves through each beatitude, making factual statements about the kingdom of God, these are not just feel good messages, but Jesus is making claim to how it really is in heaven. Knowing the purpose of the sermon, which is originally directed to the disciples then to the crowds. Looking at this first beatitude, Jesus makes this statement, that Blessed are the poor in spirit. Blessed holds another meaning as happy, and poor in spirit indicates those who recognize their spiritual destitute. These individuals know they have no righteousness outside of Christ, and they long to walk with Him. While in Luke 6:20, we see that “In Spirit” has been omitted, many have led to think Jesus is talking about financial poorness. Being poor doesn’t automatically get you into heaven, but there is a connection, as Jesus talks about woes in Luke 6:23-26. Those who understand their financial poorness, and their spiritual poorness know they  have the absolute dependency on Christ as their savior.

Written by Alex Zenk, @reformed_lifestyle


[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Mt 5:3). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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