O taste and see.
It was Canon Holmes, of India, who more than twenty-five years ago called attention to the inferential character of the average man's faith in God. To most people God is an inference, not a reality. He is a deduction from evidence which they consider adequate; but He remains personally unknown to the individual. `He must be,' they say, `therefore we believe He is.' Others do not go even so far as this;...
Bible Verses: Psalms 34:8Psalms 34:8Psalms 45:8John 10:27Matthew 5:8John 14:1John 14:21-23John 1:9
For Reading and Meditation: Matthew 15:1-20
Today we come to the Beatitude which is considered by many to be the most sublime of them all: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God" (Matthew 5:8). First we ask: What is meant by the term "heart"? According to the general use of the word in Scripture, it...
Bible Verses: Matthew 15:1-20Matthew 5:8Luke 6:45Ezekiel 36:26Psalms 51:1-10Psalms 19:12-13Psalms 79:9
For Reading and Meditation: Matthew 5:1-11
Today we begin a study of one of the most powerful and profound passages in Scripture - the Beatitudes. They form the first part of the Lord's teaching in what is known as the Sermon on the Mount and were addressed to His disciples. My hope is that our study of the Beatitudes will have a great impact on our spiritual...
Bible Verses: Matthew 5:1-11Luke 6:20-38Psalms 32:1-2Psalms 41:1
"Blessed are the are pure in heart: for they shall see God." Matthew 5:8
Purity, even purity of heart, is the main thing to be aimed at. We need to be made clean within through the Spirit and the Word, and then we shall be clean without by consecration and obedience. There is a close connection between the affections and the understanding: if we love evil we cannot understand that which is good. If the heart is foul, the eye will be...
Bible Verses: Matthew 5:8
Man is without God. He walks in the mansion of the King of kings, wondering who contrived it, and what has be come of its royal owner; sometimes even doubting if it ever had a contriver, a proprietor. To his mind, God, if he is at all, is an absentee. He examines the treasures around him studies them, weighs them, grasps them, and speculates of the Creator as of one who may be or may not be. Generally, in deed, he speculates not at all. In his conception, God is so remote that it is idle to...
Emerson's advice to Lincoln about hitching his wagon to a star - is the lesson Jesus sets for us in the Beatitudes. These blesseds shine like stars far above us, in their brightness and heavenliness. We may say that we never can reach them and that therefore there is no use in our trying to reach them. But the Master would have us strive after the highest...
Bible Verses: Matthew 5:1-16Luke 15:10
Jesus was setting out for Jerusalem on His last journey. Did He not know that He was going straight into danger? He was safe in Perea; why did He not stay there? Why did He leave this shelter - and go straight into the den of lions at Jerusalem? He knew all that awaited Him - but He did not shrink from it; He resolutely set His face to go, because it was the way marked out for Him. The...
Bible Verses: Matthew 20:17-34Hebrews 12:2Matthew 5:8Matthew 20:28
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for 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 sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for...
Bible Verses: Numbers 22:6Matthew 5:3Matthew 5:4Matthew 5:5Matthew 5:6Matthew 5:7Matthew 5:8Matthew 5:9Matthew 5:10Matthew 5:11Matthew 5:12Luke 11:28Revelation 22:14
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