Mat 5:1-3, 1 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the…
The Beatitudes are the eight declarations of blessedness spoken by Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount (Mat 5:3-12), each beginning with “Blessed are…”
Throughout the Bible the aspect of blessings is huge. God blessing His people, His people blessing one another especially fathers to their children . It is bestowing Devine favor. In our time, we think of blessed as he who has things in place (needs met, finances, health, marriage, protection etc). Jesus uses the word blessed in beatitudes to refer to more than a superficial happiness; in this context, blessed refers to a state of spiritual well-being and prosperity. Eph 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,”.
The person whom Jesus describes in this passage has a different quality of character and lifestyle than those still “outside the kingdom.” He is being filled with the knowledge of Him and growing in fullness of Christ. The disciple and his rewards, both present and future are invoked. Think of Beatitude as BE ATTITUDE, that is, be in attitude of what you are in your calling. Becoming in reality what you are positionally.