Luchen Bailey | PentecostalTheology.com
Today we start with the first Beatitude,“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Today we want to take a look at what some of these words mean in our modern translations and in modern day language.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:3 The poor in spirit is the ones that are not strong in their selves.” The poor in spirit knows that great light that searches the heart and soul of a man. He knows God and he knows himself. The foolishness of men. The frailty of men. The vanity of men. The wisdom of God. The fear of God. The strength and foresight of God. Blessed is the man that walks in that light. The light of heaven. The word of God made flesh. Our lord Jesus Christ. The poor in spirit is the soul that knows adversity and loss and God who triumphs over all. He is at peace and content. He trusts in the faithfulness of God. Stripped of pretense and pride surrendered to do God’s will. If he understands or not, he understands God knows and understands it all. Moses was surely poor in spirit. He was a meek man. Bold and full of faith. But when the elders stood against him he got on his face to pray. And it was God that took up his cause. God vindicated him. God established him. He didn’t take matters into his own hands. That must be important. A separated life means you have to take your hands off of things. Seeking the honor that comes from God and not honor from man. The poor in spirit must mean humble. It was Andrew Murray that said, ” humility is an impartation of the nature of Christ.” I have heard many altar calls for an impartation, but never an impartation of humility and the spirit of Christ. But I guess you can’t give something you don’t have. That may sound unreasonable. But I think it is very reasonable to pray for “..the spirit of the fear of the Lord ” it is the anointing of Christ the lowly Nazarene. The fear of the Lord is the ministry of the Holy Spirit. It’s the anointing that breaks the yoke. Jesus teaches humility. Jesus demonstrates humility. Jesus emptied himself. Jesus denied himself. “when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:” Jesus was courageous too. Jesus confronted evil in the marketplace. But he was full of the Spirit he was not full of himself…