Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Be About It: The Kingdom Promise

Thank you for your heartfelt thoughts, hugs, affirmations and encouragement in my last post.  I appreciate each and every one of you!!

Let's jump right in to the first 'Be Attitude' post.

Three of the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:1-12 contain a very rich promise!

We are promised three times with the reward of inheriting the Kingdom of Heaven:
Matthew 5:3:  Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Matthew 5:10   Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 5:11-12  Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.   Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in Heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

The promises of a Kingdom reward are offered with a pronouncement of  blessings bases on an attitude or specific trails we face in life. 

"Of the poor in spirit Jesus says, "Their's is the kingdom of heaven." This kingdom is not, as Christ's hearers had hoped, a temporal and earthly dominion. Christ was opening to them the spiritual kingdom of His love, His grace, His righteousness. ... His subjects are the poor in spirit, the meek, the persecuted for righteousness' sake. The kingdom of heaven is theirs. Though not yet fully accomplished, the work is begun in them which will make them "meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light" (Col. 1: 12).

Until next time friends, Be Blessed!!