Beatitudes of Christ

Beatitude Definition—Supreme Blessedness or happiness.

 

Eight Upward Steps In The Divine Life

Spiritual Mountain Climbing

 

Initial Step

 Humility (Conscious need for help)

Matthew 5:3—Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

Penitence (Mourning for Sin)

Matthew 5:4—Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

 

Meekness (Marking the Birth of a New Spirit)

Matthew 5:5—Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

 

Spiritual Appetite ( Signifying Growth)

Matthew 5:6—Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

 

Mercifulness (An Attribute of God, indicating further Advance)

Matthew 5:7—Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.

 

Heart of Purity (Marking the attainment of Higher Altitudes, where comes the Vision of God.)

Matthew 5:8—Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

 

Peacemaking (A Christlike Influence, Calming the Storms of Life)

Matthew 5:9—Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.

 

 

  • Humility—Lack of vanity or self-importance. Syn. Modesty.
  • Penitence—A feeling of regret for one's sins or misdeeds. Syns. Contrition, remorse, repentance.
  • Meekness—Easily managed or handled. Syn. Gentle. Having or expressing feelings of humility. Syn. Humble.
  • Spiritual Hunger for RighteousnessSpiritual Hunger—A  liking or personal preference for something considered important, for one's personal happiness.
  • Righteousness—The quality or state of being morally sound. Syn. Good. The moral quality of a course of action. Syn. Ethics.
  • Mercifulness—Kind, forgiving, or compassionate treatment of or disposition toward others.Syn. Grace.
  • Pure—Free from extraneous elements. Syns. Absolute, perfect, unadulterated, undiluted, unmixed. Not mixed or diluted with other substances. Syn. Straight. Morally beyond reproach, especially in sexual conduct. Syn. Chaste. Free from evil and corruption. Syn. Innocent. To free from sin, guilt, or defilement. Syn. Purify.
  • Peacemakers—Inclined or disposed to peace; not quarrelsome or unruly. Syn. Peaceable.
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The beatitudes consist of the Christlike attributes that Jesus gave to us as a means of being Blessed by him when we took on his perfect traits. He showed us the righteous traits that would bring personal peace and contentment, in a world full of rebellious and wicked people.

 

We live in a society so far from the Christian Graces, that even Christians themselves, feel as if they are foreign principles to them.

 

We know we are far from the perfect soundness, that the Lord taught in the sermon on the mount, when we see the uncivilized society we live in, people that are so steeped in wickedness.

Its time for Christians, to come up to the high moral standards of living set before them throughout the Bible, and taught to them by Jesus Christ, on the Sermon on the Mount.

Philippians 1: 10-11

(10) That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

(11) Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

 

~ King James Version comments by Joan Jessalyn Cox

 

 

 

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