Welcome to A Journey through the New Testament! In this series, we will systematically journey through every chapter in the New Testament, unveiling the marvelous insights that can be found in the scriptures.
The message of repentance proclaimed by Jesus and John the Baptist came as a surprise to the Jews. Their message emphasized that the promise given to Abraham (also called “The Blessing of Abrahram”) wasn't automatic for the Jews; true repentance was a prerequisite. Matthew 5 lists blessings for those who meet the requirements. Let’s go through the list:
Verse 3 - The blessing of the Kingdom of Heaven (the Holy Ghost), given to those who are humble and lowly.
Verse 4 - The blessing of deliverance from sin, given to those who mourn their burden of sin.
Verse 5 - The blessing of dominion and authority, given to those who exercise self-control and consideration of others.
Verse 6 - The blessing of God’s grace (spiritual influence), given to those who earnestly desire to please God.
Verse 7 - The blessing of forgiveness and mercy, given to those who are forgiving and merciful to others.
Verse 8 - The blessing of spiritual vision and security in the Kingdom of Heaven, to those who walk free from iniquity.
Verse 9 - The blessing of honor and exaltation, given to those who seek to create and maintain peace in the earth.
Verses 10 & 11 - The blessing of reward in the Millennial Kingdom of Christ, given to those unjustly persecuted because of their stance in Christ.
These blessings reveal God’s heart towards those who honor Him. The beatitudes inform individuals of the requirements to please God and enter into the Kingdom. Those who chose in those times and those who choose today to submit to the ways of God will receive these truly great blessings from God.
Written by Kareem Flowers, Sunrise with Jesus