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May 7, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Are you poor in spirit?

Jesus‘ Sermon on the Mount begins with this counterintuitive statement ‘" ‘œBlessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.‘ In other words, Jesus declares that God‘s favor is not on the spiritually self-sufficient, those who exalt and justify themselves and think that their good works have made them righteous in God‘s sight. Instead, God‘s favor is on those who are spiritually bankrupt, who realize that in themselves they have nothing of spiritual significance to offer to God, but are completely dependent upon His grace and mercy. By the time Jesus is declaring to his disciples that they need to ‘œbe perfect as their heavenly father is perfect‘ (Matthew 5:48), I am sure Jesus‘ disciples were all thanking God that God‘s favor is on the spiritually bankrupt who recognize their utter dependence upon God for their righteousness, because none of them have measured up to Jesus‘ commands. ...Keep Reading

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