“EIGHT CHARACTERS OF BLESSED BELIEVERS!”
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6
PRE-AMBLE by Robert
None will find happiness in this world or the next, who do not seek it from Yeshua (Jesus Christ) by the rule of his word. He taught them what the evil they should abhor was and what the good they should seek and abound in.
Noting our current political and medical circumstances, believers having the calm before the storm and using the 14 steps to aid in learning how-to live-in faith with God. Will gain additional strength in their faith and relationship with Yeshua through the following information provided by Him in the following.
OPENING COMMENTS by Robert
Our Saviour here gives eight characters of blessed people, representing the principal graces of a Believer walking in deep faith.
- 1. The poor in spirit are happy. These bring their minds to their condition when it is a low condition. They are humble and lowly in their own eyes. They see their want, bewail their guilt, and thirst after a Redeemer. The kingdom of grace is of such; the kingdom of glory is for them
- 2. Those that mourn are happy. That godly sorrow which worketh true repentance, watchfulness, a humble mind, and continual dependence for acceptance on the mercy of God in Christ Jesus, with constant seeking the Holy Spirit, to cleanse away the remaining evil, seems here to be intended. Heaven is the joy of our Lord; a mountain of joy, to which our way is through a vale of tears. Such mourners shall be comforted by their God
- 3. The meek are happy. The meek are those who quietly submit to God; who can bear insult; are silent, or return a soft answer; who, in their patience, keep possession of their own souls, when they can scarcely keep possession of anything else. These meek ones are happy, even in this world. Meekness promotes wealth, comfort, and safety, even in this world
- 4. Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness are happy. Righteousness is here put for all spiritual blessings. These are purchased for us by the righteousness of Christ, confirmed by the faithfulness of God. Our desires for spiritual blessings must be earnest. Though all desires for grace are not grace, yet such a desire as this, is a desire of God’s own raising, and he will not forsake the work of his own hands
- 5. The merciful are happy. We must not only bear our own afflictions patiently, but we must do all we can to help those who are in misery. We must have compassion on the souls of others and help them; pity those who are in sin, and seek to snatch them as brands out of the burning
- 6. The pure in heart are happy, for they shall see God. Here holiness and happiness are fully described and put together. The heart must be purified by faith and kept for God. Create in me such a clean heart, O God. None but the pure are capable of seeing God, nor would heaven be happiness to the impure. As God cannot endure looking upon their iniquity, so they cannot look upon his purity
- 7. The peacemakers are happy. They love, and desire, and delight in peace; and study to be quiet. They keep the peace that it is not broken and recover it when it is broken. If the peacemakers are blessed, woe to the peace-breakers!
- 8. Those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake are happy. This saying is peculiar to Christianity, and it is more largely insisted upon than any of the rest. Yet there is nothing in our sufferings that can merit of God; but God will provide that those who lose for him, though life itself, shall not lose by him in the end. Blessed Jesus! How different are thy maxims from those of men of this world! They call the proud happy and admire the gay, the rich, the powerful, and the victorious. May we find mercy from the Lord; may we be owned as his children and inherit his kingdom. With these enjoyments and hopes, we may cheerfully welcome low or painful circumstances.
CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert
All are welcome to the blessings of salvation, to whom those blessings are welcome. In Christ, there is enough for all and enough for each. Those satisfied with the world that see no need for Christ do not thirst. They are in no uneasiness about their souls: but where God gives grace, he gives a thirst after it; and where he has given a thirst after it, he will give it.
Our wants are beyond number, and we have nothing to supply them; if Christ and heaven are ours, we see ourselves forever indebted to free grace. Hearken diligently; let the proud heart stoop; not only come but accept God’s offers. All the wealth and pleasure in the world will not yield solid comfort and content to the soul. They do not satisfy even the appetites of the body, for all is vanity and vexation.
Let the disappointments we meet with in the world help to drive us to Christ and to seek satisfaction in him only. Then, and not before, we shall find rest for our souls. Hear, and your soul shall live.
Christ shows that the water of Jacob’s well yielded a very short satisfaction. Of whatever waters of comfort we drink, we shall thirst again. But whoever partakes of the Spirit of grace and the comforts of the gospel shall never want that which will abundantly satisfy his soul.
Carnal hearts look no higher than carnal ends. Give it to me, saith she, not that I may have everlasting life, which Christ proposed, but that I come not hither to draw. The carnal mind is very ingenious in shifting off convictions and keeping them from fastening.
But how closely our Lord Jesus brings home the conviction to her conscience! He severely reproved her present state of life. The woman acknowledged Christ to be a prophet. His word’s power in searching the heart and convincing the conscience of secret things is proof of Divine authority.
The discovery of their guilt, danger, and remedy, by the Holy Spirit’s teaching, makes men willing and glad to come and give up everything that hinders applying to him for salvation.
The Father’s will be that not one of those who were given to the Son should be rejected or lost by him. No one will come, till Divine grace has subdued, and in part changed his heart; therefore, no one who comes will ever be cast out.
The gospel finds none willing to be saved in the humbling, holy manner, made known therein; but God draws with his word and the Holy Ghost, and man’s duty is to hear and learn; that is to say, to receive the grace offered, and consent to the promise.