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].

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Beatitudes

I swiped this from Gayla's blog. Here she sums up what they are all about...

"The beatitudes

Quite simply, the beatitudes characterize the true believer. They are virtues that mark the Christian. As God continues His sanctifying work, He builds these character qualities in us so that we might be holy as He is holy, that we might live in obedience to Him and in turn, be blessed. They also show us what true repentence looks like. Jesus began His ministry (Matt 4:17) by preaching and saying, "Repent, for the kingdome of heaven is at hand," then, after calling His disciples, he began teaching them:Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.Blessed are the meek (gentle), for they shall inherit the earth.Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied."

Amen, Gayla! I'm sorry that a certain system places the beatitudes as something for another people for another time. Sad. Indeed, an atrocity. That practice subtracts a portion of the Word of God from the Holy Spirit's tool-box in His effort to conform each believer to the image of Christ.

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Blogger Gayla said...

"I'm sorry that a certain system places the beatitudes as something for another people for another time."

Who does this? If you're talking about the FGT, I did not know that about them. Yikers!

Look for the next 4 beatitudes in a few days... I'm trying to process all the things I'm learning. :)

Believe me, I've felt the weight of these things on my life.

October 20, 2008 12:36 PM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

Gayla
Not so much the FGT as much as Classic Dispensationalism, its mother theology if you will. It is the system of Schofield and Ryrie - though Ryrie will acknowledge that it would be profitable for the Christian today to meditate on this sermon. Yet, to actively promote that Christians SHOULD meditate on this sermon as God the Holy Spirit would like to use it as His tool to conform the Christian into the image of Christ, well, such urging is not to be found amongst classic dispy's. Romans 12:1-2; 2 Cor.3:18.

October 20, 2008 1:20 PM

 

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