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Blessed Paradox

This last of the Beatitudes, “Blessed are those who are persecuted,” (Matthew 5:10) from the Sermon on the Mount is a paradox – a “Blessed Paradox.”  A paradox, also known as an antinomy (a contradiction between two beliefs or conclusions that are in themselves reasonable) is a logically self-contradictory statement that runs contrary to one’s […]

Blessed Are The Peacemakers

Today, I shall examine the statement of Christ, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” I mentioned to a friend that I am preparing these articles on the Beatitudes of Christ. His response was, “You have chosen one of the most difficult passages of Scripture to write about.” The late Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones agreed, “There is nothing in […]

BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. This statement from the lips of the Savior challenges human reason inasmuch as from the human viewpoint, purity of heart seems almost impossible. And yet, Jesus emphasizes that purity of heart and an awareness of God are essential to the blessedness (happiness) of mankind. […]

BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL

In Exodus 34:6, the Lord proclaimed to Moses, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth….” In Psalm 103:8, David recalled this awesome proclamation. Jesus, Who is Himself God, explained,  “Your Father also is merciful.” (Luke 6:36) The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian Church, “Blessed be the […]

A THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS

A THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS The first four of the Beatitudes represent the saints as conscious of their need for salvation and responding to that conscious need than as though they already possessed it. The next three are of a different kind, representing such as have already experienced salvation and who are conducting themselves accordingly.   […]