BCL Grow: Theirs "Is" the Kingdom of Heaven — Matthew 5:3 & 10

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Matthew 5:3 & 10 (Revelation)

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Bible Passage

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

Quote

“‘For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’ 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.” — S. M. Baugh, The Majesty on High: Introduction to the Kingdom of God in the New Testament, p. 95.

Steps to Take

1. Reflect: What does the kingdom of heaven look like? What will it be like when Jesus returns to consummate his kingdom?

2. Remember: Jesus announced the inauguration of the kingdom of heaven when he came to earth. His atoning death on the cross and resurrection from the dead inaugurated the gathering of God’s people from the ends of earth. He poured out the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of eternal life deafeting death itself. But until the kingdom is consummated, its citizens will be persecuted while striving to live holy lives. At Christ’s second coming, all who trust in him will receive new incorruptible bodies and enjoy the new heavens and new earth forever.

3. Respond: Rejoice that your citizenship is in heaven by faith in Christ Jesus, and live a life of gratitude by keeping his commandments, delighting to do all things for the glory of God. Although we will suffer in this life, rejoice that God preserves you as an heir of eternal life.