The Meaning Behind The Beatitudes

The beatitudes are statements of characteristics and blessing, Eat beatitudes looks at different circumstances of life and how believers are blessed through their faith.

Through the 8 beatitudes, Jesus teaches of virtues and values in life that will result in blessing and rewards. These beatitudes are not singles out for specific people- they are blessings applicable to all believers in Christ.

There are many people who misinterpret the beatitudes. Hopefully this will shed some light on the meaning on the beatitudes.

These scriptures will encourage you and give you hope as you face each day knowing that you are called blessed. No matter your age, job, or the role you have on earth. If you apply the beatitudes to your life you will experience a joyful, fulfilled life.

You can read the full Bible passage below where the words of Jesus that he spoke as part of the Sermon on the Mount that are found in Matthew 5, however, here is a short summary of the beatitudes.

The 8 Beatitudes and There Meaning

1. Blessed are the poor in spirit for their is the kingdom of heaven.

The poor in spirit are those who feel a deep sense of spiritual destitution and comprehend their nothingness before God. The kingdom of heaven is theirs, because they seek it, and therefore find and abide in it. To this virtue is opposed the pride of the Pharisee, which caused him to thank God that he was not as other men, and to despise and reject the kingdom of heaven. There must be emptiness before their can be fullness, and so poverty of spirit precedes riches and grace in the kingdom of God.

2. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

The blessing in not on all that mourn but on those who mourn in reference to sin. They shall be comforted by the discovery and appropriation of God’s pardon. But all mourning is traced directly or indirectly to sin. We may take it, therefore, that in its widest sense the beatitude covers all those who are led by mourning to a discerning of sin, and who so deplore its effects and consequences in the world as to yearn for and seek the deliverance which is in Christ.

3. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

The humble would receive far greater than the arrogant and prideful. Not only do the meek enjoy more of life on earth because of their ability to be content, but they will possess and enjoy the earth after Jesus’s return and triumphant entry.

4. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Because of Christ, we can cling to the promise of everlasting righteousness in heaven. While we are called to live like Christ, we also have forgiveness of sin,

5. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Mercy is an active virtue the believers can show to each other because they have been given mercy ourselves. Since God has forgiven our offenses, we should forgive others and show mercy.

6. Blessed are the peacekeepers: for they shall be called sons (and daughters) of God.

The term included all who make peace between each other, whether as individuals or as communities. It includes even those who worthily endeavor to make peace, though they fail success. They will be called God’s children because he is the God of peace who sent His Own Son as the Prince of Peace.

7. Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Those who suffer because of their loyalty to the kingdom of heaven are blessed by being bound more closely to that kingdom for which they suffer.

Most of us approached the Beatitudes as if there’s some sort of platitude, phraseology and principles on how to live life. But, that is very far removed from what they actually are. These are like laser-guided bombs in the culture that Jesus was preaching to. These quips, these statements, these things that we’ve come to recite in the board of youth are devastating statements that turn Jesus’s culture on its ear completely. It is not what they expected to hear. It takes aim at a,k of these prized dispositions and virtues and there worldview. They didn’t expect this to come out of Jesus’s mouth hand wherever Jesus went, He preached these. These aren’t platitudinal. These are detonated on thr culture.

For example. Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. What they expected to hear was, “You’re Abraham, therefore yours is the kingdom of heaven.” Well, they believed in self-righteousness because of who they were. Jesus says, “No, it’s actually the broken people, those who recognize their need for God, the poor in spirit, people who are spiritual beggars that inherit the kingdom.” He didn’t say, Abr, He didn’t say the descendants of Abraham, And He didn’t say Jews, and He didn’t say Pharisees. He didn’t say good people. He didn’t say moral people, He said broken people. Those are the ones that inherit the kingdom of heaven.

So, Jesus’s audience is sitting there having learned what they’ve learned from their tradition, and Jesus drops this bomb and it touches every nerve in the audience because every single one of them underneath the facade of their life realizes they actually are poor in spirit. And He turns the thing upside down.

They realize, as the Bible will go on to explain, that they need righteousness which is much greater that their own, which is exactly what Jesus says in Matthew 5, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and the Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. Basically what He said was, “You’re not getting in on your own righteousness.”

And so the beatitudes go through and just throw off these misunderstandings about what constitutes a devotion to God and what man truly needs. It is the Beatitudes, which ultimately gets Jesus killed as He explains them in every possible way He can ad they floe. That is their principle and core meeting through all of His teaching and put Him on the cross, and saved those by His death who are poor in spirit.

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