The beatitudes, sometimes referred to as be-”attitudes,” are building blocks to a complete conversion. Each be-”attitude” gives us a glimpse of Christ, and what we may become when our attitude is converted to His attitude.
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:3 NKJV
The poor in spirit have no pride in themselves. They know they need to depend on God for help. Did Jesus, in His humanity feel dependent upon the Father?
Then Jesus answered and said to them,
“Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do;
for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
John 5:19 NKJV
Jesus had no magical powers to live the way He did. Magic is a tool of legalism which focuses on what to do, which is Satan’s counterfeit for a relationship. Jesus had no magic. He had a saving relationship with the Father, and was always dependent upon the Father from start to finish. Likewise as we complete the conversion process, we will forever feel poor in spirit, and depend on our relationship with God to do good.
Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 NKJV
In His humanity, did Jesus mourn the effect sin had on the human race?
Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.” Mark 14:34 NKJV
As our attitude becomes like that of Jesus, we will mourn for how our sin has affected our relationship with God, and we will find comfort in the forgiveness of sins, not just so we get to live forever, but get to live forever with God, with sin no longer coming between us and Him.
Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 NKJV
Was Jesus meek?
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Matthew 11:29
If Jesus was meek, his servants will be meek too. A servant is not greater than His master. How could we be proud of ourselves when our Master is meek?
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6 NKJV
Did Jesus hunger and thirst for righteousness?
Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. John 4:34 NKJV
The only things that satisfied Jesus was knowing He was doing His Father’s will. His followers will have the same attitude.
Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7 NKJ
No one was every as righteous as Jesus, and no one was ever as merciful as Jesus.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:17 NKJV
The more our attitude becomes like that of Jesus, the less self-righteous and condemning we become. We become merciful.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. Matthew 5:8 NKJV
Was Jesus pure in heart?
Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. John 14:30 NKJV
“There was in Him nothing that responded to Satan’s sophistry. He did not consent to sin. Not even by a thought did He yield to temptation. So it may be with us. Christ’s humanity was united with divinity; He was fitted for the conflict by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. And He came to make us partakers of the divine nature. So long as we are united to Him by faith, sin has no more dominion over us. God reaches for the hand of faith in us to direct it to lay fast hold upon the divinity of Christ, that we may attain to perfection of character.” -Ellen White, Desire of Ages, Page 123
Blessed are the peacemakers,For they shall be called sons of God.Matthew 5:9 NKJV
Jesus was a peacemaker and we can be peacemakers also,
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 NKJV
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10 NKJV
Jesus was persecuted as He saved others, and sometimes we will be persecuted as well as we help Jesus save others.
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12 NKJV
“Let not the follower of Christ think, when he is no longer able to labor openly and actively for God and His truth, that he has no service to render, no reward to secure. Christ’s true witnesses are never laid aside. In health and sickness, in life and death, God uses them still. When through Satan’s malice the servants of Christ have been persecuted, their active labors hindered, when they have been cast into prison, or dragged to the scaffold or to the stake, it was that truth might gain a greater triumph. As these faithful ones sealed their testimony with their blood, souls hitherto in doubt and uncertainty were convinced of the faith of Christ and took their stand courageously for Him. From the ashes of the martyrs has sprung an abundant harvest for God.” -Ellen White, Acts of the Apostles, Page 465
The climax of the conversion process is to be like Jesus. When we are like Jesus, we will be soul winners. Our attitude will be the same as His in that we will gladly suffer persecution if it will help save some one else.
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