“Maybe at the present the authorities smile on the church of God; but within a while it may frown, and the storm of persecution arise. There was a time when the churches had ‘rest throughout all Judea’ (Acts 9:31). It was a blessed time. But how long did it last? Alas! not long.”
William Gurnall (1617 – 79)
Tonight Matthew chapter 5, the Beatitudes… Jesus promised happiness, He promised blessing. And that blessing comes by means of the things that are taught here.
In verse 2, „He opened His mouth and began to teach them saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men cast insults at you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil against you falsely on account of Me. Rejoice and be glad for your reward in heaven is great for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.“
Those simple, straight-forward, direct, clear, unmistakable words so simply read contain, as we know now, an absolute veritable unfathomable mind of truth. It’s hard to even plumb the depths of this divine wisdom. We’ve endeavored to do so by taking each beatitude and exploring its richness… [Continue reading here]
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