Matthew 5: The Poor in Spirit

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We have been slowly going through Matthew chapter five on Sunday mornings at my church. It’s something that just can’t be studied enough – I learn something new every time.

Who are the poor? Here the scripture talks about the poor in spirit. These are ones who tremble at the Word of God. They admit their true state; they see who they truly are in contrast to Christ. Many will be hated and persecuted just as Christ was.

Those who rest in THEMSELVES are the opposite of the poor in spirit. The Pharisees were like this, and many a day I am a Pharisee in my heart.

The Pharisees meant to obey God, but in the end they became so stanch and radical in very limited parts of The Law (plus all that they themselves added to it), that they became blind to Christ when He was right there with them.

My prayer is to be poor in spirit – not a Pharisee.

Do you ever feel like a Pharisee?

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

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