Blessings of the Old, Beatitudes, Blessings of Spiritual Church.

 

 

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

If we love and obey God with reverential fear, we will be made born of God with his seed abiding in us, and we will overcome all sins.

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1. The Blessings of God in the Old Testament

Let us first look at the blessings in the old testament. "Deuteronomy 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God." The blessings are to his people Israel, and their blessing begins with their obedience. "3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. 4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body (it is children), and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. 5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. 6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out." If they obey his commandments, God will bless them in the world and their kingdom will flourish. If we look at the blessings, all of them will be here on earth, none of the blessings are eternal. Further, if they do not obey God, instead of blessings, they will be cursed, and they will be destroyed. The same chapter, 15-68, 53 verses explains that with all details. God destroy their kingdom as well as individual people. Blessings are free, but always conditional.

2. Teaching to Disciples, Healings to Multitudes.

Any teacher or preacher will try their best for the people to understand their teaching. But do you know one teacher, who taught people with an intent that they must not understand what he said? It was the Lord Jesus Christ. His disciples came and asked him about this. It is in Matthew 13:9-12. In 11 Jesus says, "... it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given." He wants his disciples to know the mysteries, and he does not want others to know. In Matthew 4:18-20, Jesus called Peter and Andrew his brother to follow him; and they straightway left their nets and followed him. In 21-22, he called James and John his brother, and they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him. 23-24 say that Jesus was healing all manner of sickness and disease among the people, with divers diseases and torments, possessed with devils, lunatics, of the palsy; and he healed them all. 25 says, that great multitudes of people followed him from all places. So, Jesus called just a few people to follow him as disciples. But multitudes of people followed him because of his miracles and various kinds of healings. So, there were disciples and multitudes. "Matthew 5:1 seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:" Please notice what Jesus has done. He separated his disciples from the multitudes. He climbed up into the mountain, and multitude could not climb with him, but only his disciples climbed with him. "2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,." So, he taught only to his disciples. Chapter 5 to 7 is known as the sermon of the mount. This sermon was preached only to his disciples, but not to the multitude. "Matthew 8:1 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him." See, after the sermon was done, he came down from the mountain, and then the multitudes came to him. The very important fact here to notice is, that his teachings are to his disciples to understand, and his miracles and healings are done to the multitudes. This is how Jesus did his ministry. So, if you like to understand his mysteries, we must become his disciples to follow him.

3. Beatitudes are Blessings, and It has Conditions.

Every blessing has condition to receive. So, whoever meet the conditions are blessed. Matthew 5:3-11 and Luke 6:20-26 say who are the blessed, they are the beatitude. Matthew 5:3, "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Luke 6:20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God." The blessing is the kingdom of heaven and of God. So, it is neither the kingdom of Israel, nor of the world, but it is of heaven, that is of God. In Luke, it is said as blessed are the poor; but it is not materially poor, but as it is explained in Matthew, it is poor in spirit, that is the holy spirit. So, those who are born again are blessed and they will inherit the kingdom of heaven. "Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Luke 6:21 Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh." The reason for mourning is not given here, but it says that they will be comforted, probably later in life or in eternal life. So, it is better to face sorrow early in life, that we may rejoice latter. "Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." Meek is the character that is attributed to Jesus Christ and to Moses in the scriptures. It is very humble, and at the same time very bold. It says that they will inherit earth. It is not to inherit a large area of land to become a landlord, but they will rule the earth with Jesus Christ in the Millennium. "Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Luke 6:21 also says, Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled." As Matthew says, the blessing should come if we hunger and thirst after righteousness, and the hunger and thirst is the intense desire to obey God. "Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Luke 6:36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful." If we are merciful to others, then God will be merciful to us, even in the final judgment.

4. Beatitudes that are Blessings for Children of God

"Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." This is especially important. If we are pure, we can see God. But scripture says that nobody can see God as long as we are in this flesh body. Only time we will see him, if we are raised as the Sons of God, in the resurrection. So, if we are pure, we will inherit the kingdom of God, as the sons of God. "Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." It is to bring sinners to repentance, and so, they may have peace with God. Then you are the child of God, and what a privilege that is. "Matthew 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." What is this righteousness? If we do what God tells us to do, that will be counted as our righteousness; it is according to scripture. But, if you do righteousness, people will persecute you, but God will give the kingdom of heaven to you. "Matthew 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake." You are blessed if they persecute you and say evil things about you. Let us look at Luke. "Luke 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. 23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets." Please notice that these verses say that if you obey God, even church people will revile at you and persecute you. But in real life, if we are a part of a church, people will welcome you, but they will not persecute you. Again, the verse did not say that if you join a church, but it says that if you obey what Jesus Christ says, then even the church people will persecute you. The church people will rally around to name of Jesus Christ, play religion, following rituals and ceremonies, but they will not obey Jesus Christ. So, if you obey Jesus, you are a different breed. So, they will persecute you. If you suffer now for the name of Jesus Christ, you will rejoice in heaven. You will be either son of God or the bride of Christ. "Matthew 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." If you are persecuted for obeying the word of God, God will give you a great reward in heaven.

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