…for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven

September 25, 2008

This is the end statement to the first beatitude.  The term kingdom within the new testament has been a hotly debated topic in the last 50 years or more.  What exactly is the kingdom of heaven.  If you read only the gospel of Matthew and read for face value (without understanding the author’s context) you might think that the kingdom is heaven.  However, Matthew is a Jew writing to Jews and the idea of saying or writing God’s name is too holy to conceive of.  Therefore Matthew uses heaven instead.  Matthew does use Kingdom of God in his gospel, but sparingly.  The idea for Matthew isn’t about a place as much as it is about what God does.  Basically, God Rules!  The kingdom of heaven is God’s Reign.  That can be in Heaven, on Earth, and in the entire universe.  The good news is that we don’t have to wait to the end to live in God’s reign, which is the perfect place to be.

So…”Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  When you remember that without God you cannot exist, survive, or thrive then you will continually long for him and when you continually long for God in the deepest of ways you are blessed with living in His reign!  Therefore the poor inherit the now and eternal riches of God.

We must live today with a deep longing (poor spirit) for God that is only enriched by the reign of God (kingdom of heaven) over everything in every dimension.

-Mercer

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