Thursday, December 8, 2011

An introduction to the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-2

Matthew 5:1-2
(1)  And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
(2)  And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

     This passage belongs to what is commonly called the "Beatitudes" which means a declaration of blessings.  And what a blessing it is indeed that the Lord Jesus Christ allows us to peer into the heart attitudes which are concomitant with those who are made ready for the Kingdom of God.  What great blessing it is indeed that God through His Word, and in here through His Son, would even speak to us.  He could have left us alone to fend for ourselves.  But in His grace and mercy he speaks to us.  Another blessing is that when He speaks to us, He speaks a word of blessing.  Again, he could have spoken words of condemnation.  But the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10).  And we are blessed because of this.

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