BCL Grow: Kingdom of Heaven — Matthew 5:3, 10
Matthew 5:3, 10 (Redemption)
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. . . . Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 5:3, 10
“In six of the eight beatitudes, the inheritance of comfort, the earth, satisfaction, etc. are all future, but not the first (Matt 5:3) and the last beatitude (Matt 5:10). . . . It’s easy to miss a little English word like “is” here, but it is key because this is a present tense verb not future. By saying this phrase twice and using the present tense verb, Jesus is underlining his grant of possession of the kingdom of heaven to his people now, in this life. He has issued us new passports made of pure gold leaf and studded with precious stones (Rev 21:10-21). — S. M. Baugh, The Majesty on High; Introduction to the Kingdom of God in the New Testament, p. 95.
3 Steps to Take
1. Ponder: What does it mean that Christ Jesus has already granted his people citizenship in heaven in the here and now? As current citizens of the kingdom of heaven, how should we then live?
2. Remember: The inheritance of the kingdom of heaven, salvation, is a royal grant by God alone—it is not something we can earn. God has promised and determined it, Christ Jesus accomplished it, and the Holy Spirit seals it.
3. Rejoice: Although you may suffer in this life as Christ Jesus suffered, by faith in him you are a citizen of heaven and even now have God’s promise of the inheritance of eternal life and joy. Rejoice and be glad for your reward is great in heaven (Matt. 5:12).
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