7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully.
and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.
they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.
1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
1 Peter 1:22
Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,
1 John 3:2-3
Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.
So Jacob named the place Peniel, for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved.”
1 Chronicles 29:17-19
“Since I know, O my God, that You try the heart and delight in uprightness, I, in the integrity of my heart, have willingly offered all these things; so now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here, make their offerings willingly to You.
“Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God;
He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart.
With the pure You show Yourself pure, And with the crooked You show Yourself astute.
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Surely God is good to Israel, To those who are pure in heart!
He who loves purity of heart And whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend.
“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence.
2 Corinthians 7:1
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.
how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
- The Pure In Heart Contributed by Douglas Phillips on Apr 15, 2018
ONE THING THAT WE ARE CONSTANTLY IN SEARCH FOR IS PURITY. WE SHOULD DESIRE THAT SAME PURITY IN OUR RELATIONSHIP TO GOD
THE PURE IN HEART
ONE THING THAT WE ARE CONSTANTLY IN SEARCH FOR IS PURITY. WHEN WE GO GROCERY SHOPPING, WE LOOK FOR PRODUCE WITH NO MARKS, CANS WITH NO DENTS, AND BOXES THAT HAVE NO TEARS.
I REMEMBER THE COMMERCIALS FOR MAXWELL HOUSE COFFEE, GOOD TO THE LAST DROP, AND FOR …read more
- Nurturing A Merciful Heart Contributed by Richard Tow on Jul 29, 2017
Message explores the dangers of religion without the heart of God toward people. How do we nurture a heart of mercy? Pastor shares four key points in answer to that question.
I want to begin this morning with a man named Matthew. Matthew’s family name was Levi.1 He became an apostle and wrote the gospel that carries his name. But when he met Jesus, he was far from that. He was a tax collector. Tax collectors were hated by their fellow …read more
- How To Be Deliriously Happy Series Contributed by Jerry Owen on May 31, 2017
Every person in the world is looking for something or someone to make them happy. But, happiness most often eludes people. Jesus teaches us how to be blessed by God and find true happiness in His teaching in the Sermon on the Mount.
HOW TO BE DELIRIOUSLY HAPPY
All of the world seeks to be happy and fulfilled in life. Truth is most people never really find what they are looking for.
* In 1965, The Rolling Stones went from being just another band to one of the greatest bands of all times with the release …read more
- This Is Us – Pt. 1 – Blessed Series Contributed by Steve Ely on Mar 28, 2017
Do we know who we are? With all of our hang-ups, challenges, gifts, warts and all, “THIS IS US!” Understanding our identity is essential for our health.
This Is US!
Pt. 1 – Blessed
Shakespeare in Hamlet said it like this, “This above all: to thine own self be true. The author of the Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison, says something similar . . . “When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” The secular world …read more
- The Words Of Jesus Verses The Words Of Our World. Contributed by Gordon Mcculloch on Feb 6, 2017
There are two types of people in this world: those who relate to the beatitudes of Jesus, and those who do not. The beatitudes are not rules or laws, but something that causes us to react with whatever spirit is driving us within.
This sermon was delivered at Holy Trinity, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland on Sunday the 29th January 2017; Holy Trinity is a Scottish Episcopal Church in the Dioceses of Glasgow and Dumfries.
The readings for today are:
Micah 6:1-8 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Psalm 15 Matthew 5:1-12
Please join me in …read more
- Bless You! Contributed by Kerry Haynes on Jan 30, 2017
In the opening of his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talks about eight ways we can experience God’s blessing, God’s assurance that all will be well despite our feelings in the moment. Some blessings are for now; others for the life ahead. Jesus fulfills all!
What if you could be content no matter how tough life got? What if you could know for certain that things would turn out ok? Jesus says you can, without a doubt. Today I have a sermon on a sermon, in fact the most famous sermon ever preached! Matthew 5-7 contains …read more
- The New Kingdom Order – The Beatitudes Contributed by Ernie Arnold on Jan 19, 2017
Jesus begins to share with us His New Kingdom Order. By following Jesus we will experience a transformation of our 1. Vocabulary 2. Our Vision 3. Our Values/ Virtues. Our lives will emulate the way things are in God’s Kingdom.
Title: New Kingdom Order – The Beatitudes
Proposition: Jesus begins to share with us His New Kingdom Order. By following Jesus we will experience a transformation of our 1. Vocabulary 2. Our Vision 3. Our Values/ Virtues. Our lives will emulate the way things …read more
Matthew 5:8 depicted in the window of a
Matthew 5:8 is the eighth verse of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament. It is the sixth verse of the Sermon on the Mount, and also sixth of what are known as the Beatitudes.
In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads:
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
The World English Bible translates the passage as:
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
For additional translations see here: Matthew 5:8
This verse is generally believed to have been taken from Psalm 24:3-5 either by Jesus or the author of Matthew who was adding this verse that is not found in Luke. A number of scholars have been certain that there were originally seven Beatitudes, as seven was a holy number. Since this verse is so similar to the Psalm some believe it was the one incorrectly integrated into the Sermon on the Mount. Hill speculates that the verse could actually be a mistranslation of Isaiah 61:1, and should have read “only the contrite will see God.”
The word purity is not believed to refer to one who was ritually cleansed, but rather to internal spiritual purity as noted by the “in heart” addition. At the time the heart was literally seen as the seat of emotion and the soul, though today the verse is read metaphorically. Davies and Allison read a pure heart as being one that is simple and undivided in allegiance.
What Does It Mean To Be Pure In Heart?
A Clean Heart (Tom Berry)
How to see Jesus – Vision of Jesus
- ^ Hill, David. The Gospel of Matthew. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1981
- ^ Davies, W.D. and Dale C. Allison, Jr. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Gospel According to Saint Matthew. Edinburgh : T. & T. Clark, 1988-1997. pg. 68
- Albright, W.F. and C.S. Mann. “Matthew.” The Anchor Bible Series. New York: Doubleday & Company, 1971.
This page was last edited on 25 March 2016, at 17:03.