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We finished our study on the1st beatitude last post. Let’s turn our attention to the 2nd beatitude at Matthew 5:4. We now understand the 1st beatitude to mean that we must empty ourselves of self; in other words, DIE to self and be filled with HIM.
The 2nd beatitude builds on the 1st beatitude and I will explain how at the end of this study. Please turn in your Bible to Matthew 5:4 and read along with me.
“Those who mourn are blessed, for they will be comforted” (Matt. 5:4, HCSB).
“We should mourn the NEED for having to do a self-examination to discover sin we haven’t confessed.”
We did a brief word study of the Koine Greek for the 1st beatitude and we need to do the same for the 2nd beatitude. We already know that blessed in the Greek indicates happy in the sense of total contentment in Christ Jesus.
It is a statement of fact that equals a promise and because God doesn’t lie—can be relied on in total confidence of its validity — granting us total, holy contentment.
This blessing — or total contentment in Christ — is a divine promise that is granted to obedient children of God following in Jesus’ footsteps. Each of the beatitudes is a rung on the ladder towards Christ-likeness!
Let’s look at the word mourn. When we studied the word poor last post, we discovered that did not represent monetary value but beggarly or bankrupt spiritually. The same holds true for the word mourn.
The word for mourn in the Greek sense in this beatitude is a unselfish, spiritual mourning over our sinful condition.
- This mourning is quite different from human mourning of sorrow over loss — such as the death of a loved one.
- It’s also different from the mourning over our hopelessness because of our sin.
- The Greek word for mourning implies a deep, spiritual mourning over our very sinfulness that represents the Holy Spirit’s conviction over that sin.
In other words, without having been saved by God’s grace through our faith, total belief, and trust in Jesus and the power of His name — the Holy Spirit does not live in us.
As we grow in our love and develop our relationship with Jesus, our development of spiritual mourning reveals our growing selflessness.
Our sinful slips into fleshly lusts caused by self-pride and self-righteousness cause us to mourn in the spirit because we grieve the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.
Without that indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we would be totally numb to his convictions. We could not take part in grieving for our own sinfulness.
We would only be able to mourn in the selfish, lost manner of self-loss—such as Judas as he mourned his loss (thinking of self) after betraying Jesus.
TODAY’S TAKEAWAY: We must first be able to see our spiritual beggarly condition. Rather than to grieve from selfish motivations—we should grieve over our lack of conscious recognition of our sin. We should mourn the NEED for having to do a self-examination to discover sin we haven’t confessed. Not because we are trying to earn our way through obedience but from a growing understanding of God’s love and sacrifice for us.
Think Paul— “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I myself am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh, to the law of sin” (Romans 7:25, HCSB).
NUTSHELL: Run from self(flesh) into the arms of Almighty God.
We will continue our study next post. There is so much more to this 2nd beatitude!
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Until next time!
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