THE PROMISES OF JESUS
FOR THOSE WHO HEED HIS WORDS
Bible students spend a lot of time on the Beatitudes, but little time is ever spent on the results that Jesus adds to each of them. I want to take a moment to talk about these very important rewards that Jesus promised for each of the principles.
The first Beatitude is “Blessed are the poor in spirit”. This means the one who realizes that he is a creature and therefore that it is not his purposes that are important but the purposes of the Creator. This man removes himself from importance and places his whole interest in the will of the Father. Jesus says this one will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. Now what does that mean? The Kingdom of Heaven is not some earthly power structure where the good prevail over the evil. No, The Kingdom of Heaven is made up of all who choose a loving relationship with the King, and love all the goodness that is who He is. So one who is humble in spirit is welcomed by the One who created him for that very purpose, and he therefore becomes a part of the eternal Kingdom of Heaven.
The second fundamental of Christianity is to be so aware of your sins and your failure to be what you were created to be that you are constantly penitent and seeking His help in overcoming your failures. Paul thanked God for His grace in sending Jesus Christ to make up for his own failures which weighed heavily on his mind. It is important to realize that all sin is against God, the Father. David, after all his adulterous relationship with Bathsheba, and even after having her husband killed, said, “Against Thee only have I sinned”. You may harm another person, but the sin is ignoring your Creator and disobeying His will and His desire that all men have love and respect for one another. For that we should be ashamed and penitent. It is for this that Jesus offers comfort…only for the one who is concerned about it. In the world today there are too many who simply take for granted the moral and spiritual failures and shrug them off as a part of life. Instead, the true Christian, like Paul, realizes the awful nature of sin, and that one who sins is worthy of death, for it is failing the One who gave you life. How grateful we should be that God was gracious to us sinners and sent His Son to give us a way for forgiveness. Please note that this comfort is only promised to the one who mourns his failure to follow the Master’s will.
The meek, in the next Beatitude, are told that they will inherit the earth. Very simply, Jesus is saying the one who can lose himself in that which is greater than himself becomes a part of those who are not worried by anything this earth may say or do to him, for he is a part of that which is greater than the problems of time. He inherits the very reason that God created the earth…a place for the creature to make the decision to choose God instead of self, and therefore to be a loving companion for the Father. Nothing else is important.
Hungering for righteousness means really wanting to do the will of God. As the Hebrew writer said, “Diligently seeking Him”. In this last of the first four principles, Jesus says that the Father is anxious to forgive and receive those who really want what He is, and that is all righteousness.
In our next essay we will deal with the promises given to those who can develop the characteristics of God Himself, i.e., mercy, purity and peace. We will find the last one (peacemaker) the most beautiful and the one all of God’s children practice.