Poor in Spirit

posted May 26, 2012, 9:16 AM by David Gerhart   [ updated May 26, 2012, 12:30 PM ]
"Blessed (are/be) the poor In spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven."  Mt. 5:3

"Our Father, in heaven..." Mt. 6:9

 In Mt. 3:2 John the Baptist exhorts "Repent, the Kingdom of heaven is near!"   Later in Mt. 10:7 Jesus echo's "As you go, preach this message: 'The Kingdom of heaven is near!"

To be "poor in spirit" is to be empty of all desire.  Dreams for life no longer harbor hopes of good things, all the pleasure is gone out of getting what I want.  I renounce my preconceptions in a wholehearted search for God.  The vessel is ready for the potter's hand.

"...The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel."  Is. 7:14  Immanuel means "God with us."  In a very present sense.  Jesus has come to fill the emptiness in our lives with His spirit.  Our joy is in Him, we are content to live for Him.

When we call to the Father in heaven, we recognize our empty inadequacy and extol the fullness of His holy nature.  We are low and He exalted far above us.  In our emptiness we are finally willing to admit Gods perfect fullness.

The Kingdom of heaven is here now.  The rich young ruler rejected Christ because of his great worldly wealth.  This is a picture of the spiritual wealth believers must unfold and return to the Lord -- compactly stated, it's a matter of free will.  We quit doing for ourselves.  We respond and do what Christ does in our lives.  Heaven exists in the believer's life because we are living for Christ.  All of the fruits of the spirit are manifest: Love, joy, peace, temperance, long suffering...

To non-Christians, this sounds like so much malarky ... there is actually no way, no language that can be used to communicate with them about the nature of these spiritual affects.  Elsewhere scripture mentions hardened hearts, deaf ears ... Christ taught in parables so that the mystery of the Kingdom of heaven could be understood only by those who were at the end of themselves.  The Poor in Spirit hear him.
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