Every Believer BLESSED In Their Place

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Isa 22:23  And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house.

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There was something about Jesus’ “Sermon On The Mount” that seemed to suggest something that would give meaning and purpose to anyone who was seeking The Lord, and wanting to follow Jesus. As I read those beattitudes; the thought struck me that we could also call it “Be – Attitudes.” As one commentator put it:

As something strange and new, these words fall upon the ears of the wondering multitude. Such teaching is contrary to all they have ever heard from priest or rabbi. They see in it nothing to flatter their pride or to feed their ambitious hopes. But there is about this new Teacher a power that holds them spellbound. The sweetness of divine love flows from His very presence as the fragrance from a flower. His words fall like “rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.” Psalm 72:6. All feel instinctively that here is One who reads the secrets of the soul, yet who comes near to them with tender compassion. Their hearts open to Him, and, as they listen, the Holy Spirit unfolds to them something of the meaning of that lesson which humanity in all ages so needs to learn. {MB 6.1}

Mat 5:2  Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: Mat 5:3  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (see Mat 5:2-12)

When Jesus said:
“blessed are the poor in spirit;”
those people were standing in the right place.

When Jesus said:
“blessed are those who mourn,”
those people were standing in the right place.

When Jesus said:
“blessed are the meek in spirit”
those people were standing in the right place.

When Jesus said:
“blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness”
those people were standing in the right place.

When Jesus said:
“blessed are the merciful”
those people were standing in the right place.

When Jesus said:
“blessed are the pure in heart”
those people were standing in the right place.

When Jesus said:
“blessed are the peacemakers”
those people were standing in the right place.

When Jesus said:
“blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake”
those people were standing in the right place.

When Jesus said:
“blessed are you when they revile and persecute you”
those people were standing in the right place.

When Jesus said:
“blessed are you when they say all manner of evil falsely against you”
those people were standing in the right place.

When Jesus said:
“rejoice and be exceedingly glad”
those people were standing in the right place.

When Jesus said:
“great is your reward in heaven”
those people were standing in the right place.

Everything Jesus said in this Sermon On The Mount was for the express purpose of assuring the listeners that they are always in the right place, at the right time, for the right reasons, whenever their heart is open to The Savior; and Jesus knew well what each one was going through. This sermon was very revealing of the radical nature of Jesus as He worked among the people. And the people were amazed because Jesus spoke with such great authority. Everyone who walked away from that sermon felt they were especially blessed. And that’s why Jesus said “Blessed are you…when…”

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In the days of Christ the religious leaders of the people felt that they were rich in spiritual treasure. The prayer of the Pharisee, “God, I thank Thee, that I am not as the rest of men” (Luke 18:11, R.V.), expressed the feeling of his class and, to a great degree, of the whole nation. But in the throng that surrounded Jesus there were some who had a sense of their spiritual poverty.

When in the miraculous harvest of fish the divine power of Christ was revealed, Peter fell at the Saviour’s feet, exclaiming, “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord” (Luke 5:8); so in the multitude gathered upon the mount there were souls who, in the presence of His purity, felt that they were “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17); and they longed for “the grace of God that bringeth salvation” (Titus 2:11). In these souls, Christ’s words of greeting awakened hope; they saw that their lives were under the benediction of God.

Everyone is in the right place; grace was given in the Old Testament, as well as The New Testament:

Ezra 9:8  And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.

Too often we don’t like to admit that God is in control. We love to blame our sins and evils in the world on the devil. The devil made me do it. But more often than not; it IS The Holy Spirit who leads us into many of the dire straights we face today:

“Mat 4:1  Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”

The Bible tells us that Jesus was tempted on every point that we are today. (Heb 4:15).

Sufficient to Prevent Bewilderment.–A study of Christ’s wonderful sermon on the mount will teach the believer what must be the characteristics of those whom the Lord calls “Blessed.”

I thank the Lord that such plain directions are given to believers. If we had no other instruction than is contained in these few words, here is sufficient, so that none need become bewildered. But we have a whole Bible full of precious instruction. None need be in darkness and uncertainty. Those who will seek by faith and prayer and earnest study of the Scriptures to obtain the virtues here brought to view, will easily be distinguished from those who walk not in the light. Those who refuse to follow a “Thus saith the Lord” will have no excuse to render for their persistent resistance of the Word of God.

Words of a Different Character.–As if enshrouded in a cloud of heavenly brightness, (Light In The Clouds); Christ pronounced from the mount of beatitudes His benedictions. The words spoken by Him were of an entirely different character from those which had fallen from the lips of the scribes and pharisees. The ones whom He pronounced blessed were the very ones they would have denounced as cursed of God. To that large concourse of people He declared that He could dispense the treasures of eternity to whomsoever He willed. Although His divinity was clothed with humanity, He thought it not robbery to be equal with God. In this public manner He described the attributes of those who were to share the eternal rewards. He pointed out in particular those who would suffer persecution for His name’s sake. They were to be richly blessed, becoming heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. Great would be their reward in heaven

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A Treasury of Goodness.–Christ longed to fill the world with a peace and joy that would be a similitude of that found in the heavenly world. That’s what this sermon was all about. Whichever place we are in when we hear those wonderful words; we are in a sure place. We stand in the right place, whenever Jesus speaks to us.

With clearness and power He spoke the words that were to come down to our time as a treasure of goodness. What precious words they were, and how full of encouragement. From His divine lips there fell with fullness and abundant assurance the benedictions that showed Him to be the fountain of all goodness, and that it was His prerogative to bless and impress the minds of all present. He was engaged in His peculiar, sacred province, and the treasures of eternity were at His command. In the disposal of them He knew no control. It was no robbery with Him to act in the office of God. In His blessings He embraced those who were to compose His kingdom in this world. He had brought into the world every blessing essential to the happiness and joy of every soul, and before that vast assembly He presented the riches of the grace of heaven, the accumulated treasures of the eternal, everlasting Father.

Here He specified who should be the subjects of His heavenly kingdom. He did not speak one word to flatter the men of the highest authority, the worldly dignitaries. But He presents before all the traits of character which must be possessed by the peculiar people who will compose the royal family in the kingdom of heaven. He specifies those who shall become heirs of God and joint-heirs with Himself. He proclaims publicly His choice of subjects, and assigns them their place in His service as united with Himself. Those who possess the character specified, will share with Him in the blessing and the glory and the honor that will ever come to Him.

Those who are thus distinguished and blessed will be a confident people, sure of their place in this world and the next. Accepting and sharing in the Lord’s gifts and blessings. Jesus speaks of those who shall suffer for His name’s sake as receiving a great reward in the kingdom of heaven. But they also reaped the blessing here on earth for heaven begins on earth. Jesus always spoke with the dignity of One who had unlimited authority, One who had all heavenly advantages and blessings to bestow upon those who would receive Him as their Saviour. Thats why everyone today is already standing in the right place.

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There were occasions when Christ spoke with an authority that sent His words home with irresistible force, with an overwhelming sense of the greatness of the speaker, and the human agencies shrunk into nothingness in comparison with the One before them. They were deeply moved; their minds were impressed that He was repeating the command from the most excellent glory. As He summoned the world to listen, they were spellbound and entranced and conviction came to their minds. Every word made for itself a place, and the hearers believed and received the words that they had no power to resist. Every word He uttered seemed to the hearers as the life of God. He was giving evidence that He was the light of the world and the authority of the church, claiming pre-eminence over them all.

From the Life Application Notes:

“Matthew 5:3-5 – Jesus began his sermon with words that seem to contradict each other. But God’s way of living usually contradicts the world’s. If you want to live for God, you must be ready to say and do what seems strange to the world. You must be willing to give when others take, to love when others hate, to help when others abuse. By giving up your own rights in order to serve others, you will one day receive everything God has in store for you.

Matthew 5:3-12 – The Beatitudes can be understood in at least four ways:

(1) They are a code of ethics for the disciples and a standard of conduct for all believers.

(2) They contrast Kingdom values (what is eternal) with worldly values (what is temporary).

(3) They contrast the superficial “faith” of the Pharisees with the real faith that Christ demands.

(4) They show how the Old Testament expectations will be fulfilled in the new Kingdom. These Beatitudes are not multiple choice—pick what you like and leave the rest. They must be taken as a whole. They describe what we should be like as Christ’s followers.

Each beatitude tells how to be blessed by God. Blessed means more than happiness. It implies the fortunate or enviable state of those who are in God’s Kingdom. The Beatitudes don’t promise laughter, pleasure, or earthly prosperity. Being “blessed” by God means the experience of hope and joy, independent of outward circumstances. To find hope and joy, the deepest form of happiness, follow Jesus no matter what the cost; or what the situation.

With Jesus’ announcement that the Kingdom was near (Mat 4:17), people were naturally asking, “How do I qualify to be in God’s Kingdom?” Jesus said that God’s Kingdom is organized differently from worldly kingdoms. In the Kingdom of Heaven, wealth and power and authority are unimportant. Kingdom people seek different blessings and benefits, and they have different attitudes. Are your attitudes a carbon copy of the world’s selfishness, pride, and lust for power, or do they reflect the humility and self-sacrifice of Jesus, your king?”

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