LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Blessed are those who mourn

Matthew 5:4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Jesus continues in pronouncing his blessing on those who are in right relationship with God. These so blessed are the sons of God that he came to save by his atonement on the cross of Calvary. Those who mourn are blessed because they will be comforted. Born again Christians will respond with their new heart of flesh and realize the extent of their sin and lack of righteousness. This will lead them to mourn and repent of the sin for which they have become convicted. Romans 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. With the Holy Spirit at work in them, they are led to feel a Godly sorrow and hatred for their own sinful condition. This grief for sin brings about a repentance and desire to change and turn from their sin. Therefore, through God’s grace, mourning Christians are comforted as they realize they have been pardoned and set free from the penalty and power of sin.

Praise God that all three persons of the trinity are at work in bringing about redemption through justification and sanctification in the life of those that are redeemed by the blood of the lamb. Salvation comes with POWER that saves and changes sinners. Jesus provides the redemption on the cross and the Holy Spirit provides the change in the heart. In this beatitude, Jesus is acknowledging that only those who mourn and repent of their sin are redeemed and comforted. God’s grace saves completely.


Blogger Jonathan Moorhead said...

Love the trinitarian focus.

August 23, 2007 9:13 PM

Blogger mark pierson said...

As I said in your last installment, the beattitudes are absolutely impossible for those unregenerate; they being the exact opposite of human nature.

There is a system that teaches that this sermon is for another people and another time. Not true. His Kingdom is both NOW and not yet. In that it is now those that are Christ's, being His subjects, should look at this sermon to find how their King wants them to live now.

August 24, 2007 11:05 AM


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