The Beatitudes, the Teachings of Jesus Christ

“And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

(Matthew 5:1-12)

The Beatitudes delivered at the Sermon on the Mount are not a set of laws to obey, for trying to live by the law is not possible to do. Jesus here is describing a life style in which the believer lives a life of grace and glory, which comes from God alone. The Beatitudes change ones mind and heart which enables the Holy Spirit to bring you to true faith in God.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus states the spiritual character and quality of the Kingdom that He wished to establish. The basic qualities of His Kingdom are fulfilled in the church that He would establish. Almost every section of this message is repeated elsewhere throughout the New Testament. This Sermon was not limited to only those people there at the time, or just Israel. This Sermon is for all of our benefit.

I want to share a comparison of the Lord’s Prayer with the Beatitudes, with some comments.

Lord’s Prayer “Hallowed be thy name.” (The name of God, which opens up to us the Kingdom of Heaven.)

Beatitudes “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Lord’s Prayer “Thy Kingdom come” (Heavenly comfort into our hearts.)

Beatitudes “ Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted”

Lord’s Prayer “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven”

(This meekness, the characteristic of heaven, shows us we will possess the new earth one day.)

Beatitudes “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth”

Lord’s Prayer “Give us this day our daily bread”

Beatitudes “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled”

Lord’s Prayer “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”

Beatitudes “Blessed are they the merciful for they shall obtain mercy”

Lord’s Prayer “And lead us not into temptation”

Beatitudes “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God”

Lord’s Prayer “But deliver us from evil”

Beatitudes “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

All glory to God

His humble servant Lee M Buchanan

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