The Kingdom of Heaven For the Poor in Spirit.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3
This is not about being physically or materially poor. It is not about poverty in human terms. There is no blessing in poverty or in being poor. If Jesus had said blessed are the poor then we should all be striving for living like those in abject hunger, destitute of bread, shelter or even the basic necessities of life. No. Jesus came to make Himself poor that we might become rich. Jesus consistently preached against poverty and want. His messages were about being blessed in order to be a blessing to others.
Jesus preached the Good News to the poor. That Good News was all about learning to know the will of God to bless them, to provide for His people and to minister to the poor through teaching them to prosper and be in health as their soul’s prospered. His purpose was not to seal them in their destitution and poverty, but to raise them up out of it, into the Kingdom of Jesus and His glory.
The kingdom of Jesus is one of health, wealth, peace, joy and righteousness in the Holy Spirit, wisdom from above, goodness, abundance, grace, mercy, forgiveness, love and eternal rest.
So what does it mean to be poor in spirit?
First, we have to consider the two realms in which we live, the Spirit and the natural realms. In the natural realm is everything that is about our physical human life, our bodies our human circumstances and the natural course of life. In the spirit is everything about the realm of God’s eternal presence and our eternal existence as created beings. We are spiritual beings that will live eternally either in Heaven with Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit or in eternal separation from God in the place of eternal darkness and death in hell.
To be poor in spirit is to recognize our absolute dependence on the grace of God for life. It is the absence of self-sufficiency as those who claim they are self-made men and for them there is no need for God. They are rich in spirit in their own minds. But the man or woman, whether rich or poor in life’s rewards and favors, who understands that they are nothing apart from God through Jesus Christ, they are the poor in spirit who will inherit the kingdom of Heaven.
This is why Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
We embrace being poor in spirit that we might gain the Kingdom of Heaven, but we resist being poor in life’s provisions because Jesus came that we might have life and that more abundantly.