• By Rev. Joseph A Bias

Lent — Day 1 A Study of Mathew 5

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

I guess the first question is who are the poor in spirit? The poor in spirit here refers to those who in their own estimation of themselves are humble without spiritual power or significance of their own. Here are two other translations.

“Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous— with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!” Matthew 5:3 AMP

“Blessed are those who recognize they are spiritually helpless. The kingdom of heaven belongs to them.” Matthew 5:3 God’s Word

To be poor in spirit is to be devoid of selfishness, pride and self-reliance particularly in matters of eternity, salvation, forgiveness, mercy, grace, healing and the like.

The blessing for those who are humble and know that they must rely on God for life is the Kingdom of heaven. Knowing that your life is only destined for death apart from the saving work of Jesus Christ is to be poor in spirit.

When we are poor in spirit the strength of God is made perfect in our weakness, our poorness. What we recognize as our inadequacy, Jesus more than makes up for in His empowerment by the Holy Spirit in us.

Those who boast in their independence and power apart from an acknowledgment of God, profess themselves to be above any reliance on a god. But God is neither moved nor mocked by such boasting. These are those the Bible calls—“fools.” [Romans 1:22] They say in their hearts, there is no God. [Psalm 14:1] In other words they have no spiritual need, no shortcomings, but they are self-deceived. They are spiritually poverty stricken, but unwilling to admit it. So, they remain dead in their sins with no means of reaching heaven.

Those who are poor in spirit recognize their need for a Savior and because they choose life in Jesus Christ they gain the kingdom of heaven also.


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