Thursday, November 3, 2011

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

Matthew 5:2-3 says and he began to teach them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." The word poor in our way of thinking is to have no money, goods, or other means of support. However, that is not what the word means here. Instead, it is referring not to physical poverty, but spiritual poverty.

The Psalmist said in Psalm 34:18 "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." The word “crushed” in this verse means "to be remorseful". The Psalmist is saying that God is close to those who are remorseful for their spiritual poverty.

It is only when one becomes remorseful for their spiritual poverty that one can be saved.

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