Chapter 8





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(Mat 5:1,2)  And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set [seated in formal teaching mode], his disciples [Gk: learners, i.e. pupils] [students] came unto him: And he opened his mouth [i.e., He opened the heavens: Mat 3:16; He opened the Bible: John 1:14], and taught them, saying,

1.       (John 1:14)  And the Word [of God] was made flesh [in the person of Jesus Christ], and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.


(Mat 5:3)  Blessed [Gk: happy] are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

1.       Commentary: The English word “blessed” means “happy” in the original Greek text. The word “blessed” may also quite rightly act as a wonderful synonym for born-again, for God personally blesses each of His own children, whereas God only generically blesses (Mat 5:45) all “the children of the wicked one” (Mat 13:38). Nine is the numerical symbol of the Holy Spirit in the Bible. In the Sermon on the Mount, the word “blessed” (Gk: happy) introduces each of the nine beatitudes or blessings of and upon the born-again life. There are nine fruits of the Spirit (Gal 5:22,23), and there are nine gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor 12:8-10), all pertaining to the born-again life.

a.       (Mat 5:44,45)  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise [a blessing] on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain [a blessing] on the just [Gk: righteous] and on the unjust [Gk: unrighteous].

2.       poor = Gk: (to crouch); a beggar (as cringing), i.e. pauper (strictly denoting absolute or public mendicancy [Dict: begging], although also used in a qualified or relative sense), lit. (often as noun) or fig. (distressed):--beggar (-ly), poor.

3.       Commentary: The meaning of “poor” best employed in this application is that of “beggarly.” Born-again persons should grow into an understanding and fully recognize that we are absolutely incapable of making ourselves the smallest bit any more spiritual (i.e., richer in spirit) than God has already made us, and that we are in desperate need of God’s loving grace to even sustain our present poverty of spirit, and that we are wholly dependent upon the indwelling Holy Spirit of God to grow us upward toward fruit-bearing maturity (Phil 1:6), and our eternal inheritance in the kingdom of God/heaven. However, the very good news is that even the “poorest in spirit” of born-again Christians (a diminutive rendition of the word Christ carrying the meaning of “little Christs”) still have a mansion (John 14:2) and a mission (Prov 22:6) reserved for us in heaven. Hallelujah! Thank you Lord.

a.       (Phil 1:6)  Being confident of this very thing, that he [the Holy Spirit] which hath begun a good work in you will perform it [Gk: continue it toward completion] until the day of Jesus Christ [i.e., the Day of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ - completion]:

b.       (John 14:2)  In my Father's house [Gk: fig., heaven] are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you [i.e., for the betrothed Bride of Christ].

c.       (Prov 22:6)  Train up [Heb: to narrow; fig. to initiate or discipline: --dedicate] a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

4.       Commentary: “God is a Spirit.” (John 4:24). The kingdom of heaven that Jesus preached is both “within you” (Luke 17:20,21) now in the form of “the [definite article] earnest of the Spirit [of God]” (2 Cor 1:22; 5:5; with Eph 1:14), and yet to come in the future form of the fullness of the Spirit of God. Every born-again person has already been “sealed” (2 Cor 1:22), or in a very real spiritual sense marked or “branded” much like cattle (sheep) when they pass from one owner to the next. These born-again persons are immediately “sealed” by God when they receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (their new owner); they also immediately become eternal spiritual citizens of the kingdom of heaven, now bond-servants, and upon our demise,  “friends” (John 15:14,15) of God and Christ. Amen

a.       (Luke 17:20,21)  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God [or “the kingdom of heaven” (interchangeable terms) Mat 19:23,24] should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you [Gk: is inside you].

b.       (2 Cor 1:21,22)  Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit [of God] in our hearts.

                                                                           i.      sealed = Gk: to stamp (with a signet or private mark) for security or preservation (lit. or fig.); by impl. to keep secret, to attest:--(set a, set to) seal up /// a signet (as fencing in or protecting from misappropriation); by impl. the stamp impressed (as a mark of privacy, or genuineness), lit. or fig.:--seal.

                                                                         ii.      earnest = Gk: a pledge, i.e. part of the purchase-money or property given in advance as security for the rest:--earnest.

c.       (2 Cor 5:4,5)  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life [i.e., heaven]. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

d.       (Eph 1:13,14)  [Christ,] In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard [Rom 10:17] the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

                                                                           i.      (Rom 10:17)  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

e.       (John 15:14,15)  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.


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