Blessed are the Poor in SpiritBro. David Chancellor
3/7/1999 6:00 PM
Christ is here teaching the people. He taught it plain and simple - to uplift the people and cause them to live differently. The whole world was Christ's Bible - he used everyday life experiences to teach... "Blessed are the poor in spirit..." He didn't say "Blessed are the poor" - People might have earthly poverty, and those that have found God can still be blessed. Yet, he is not speaking of these, but of those who are "poor in spirit" - it is a person emptied out and unloaded of some things. Some people are known as full (high) spirited - assertive. The poor in spirit are emptied of self.
1 Corinthians 2:11-12
"For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him?" It is a blessing to be poor in the carnal spirit. We need to be poor in the spirit of the world - we need to receive the "spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God." If we are full of self - we can't be full of God.
Christ was teaching them that they needed that which is of God. Without Christ we are nothing. To be poor in spirit we should recognize our nothingness. We have to come to that place in order to be filled of God.
"If a man thinketh himself to be something, ... he deceiveth himself." Of ourselves we're nothing - we are devoid of the graces and virtues that are needful, in and of ourselves. If you think you're the best, that you're something wonderful - you're deceived. There are some who are unsaved that can really lay down the Bible - but they're deceived to think they're something. You can't receive the things of God when you are full of yourself. We are what we are by the grace and spirit of God.
2 Corinthians 6:4, 10
Things to approve ourselves in as workers of God - vs. 10 "as poor, yet making many rich." He didn't have a "home" - was poor, yet made many rich - "having nothing yet possessing all things." As we recognize our nothingness, and God's spirit moves in and we begin to possess things - the kingdom of heaven. We can't provide what is needed, but we can receive all that is needed from God, things that the world didn't give and can't take away. These are "true" riches. If you are determined to be what God would have you to be you can possess things of "real value."
Where would you build God a house - that he hasn't already made? We need to have a "poor and contrite" spirit. People that are full of carnality are like Pharaoh - "Who 're you to tell me what to do?" He was not of a poor and contrite spirit. A poor and contrite spirit is one who trembles at God's word, who gives heed to what God has to say - this is the one God gives his blessing to. God provides blessing to the one who wants to hear and receive what God has to say.