Blessed are the Pure in Heart (Matthew 5:8)

Sunday, September 20 2009 @ 05:00 AM CDT

Contributed by: Harold

Radio transcript for the week of September 20, 2009

Harold Bigham preaches on "Blessed are the Pure in Heart (Matthew 5:8)" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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Lesson Text

Jesus in the beatitudes on the sermon on the mount explains about the need to have pure hearts (Matthew 5:8). Purity is a must. Let us notice three things today about "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God".

First, let us study about the heart. This heart is not the blood pump of the human body. Rather it is the heart of the spiritual part of man. It is the source of our purity. Let us notice how the heart is spoken of in the Bible.

The heart is spoken of as the seat of our emotions. Paul exclaimed about his kin, fleshly Isreal by saying, "Brethren, my heartâ??s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God" (Romans 10:1-3). Therefore, Paul spoke about his heart's desire or emotion regarding the lost condition of fleshly Israel.

The heart is spoken of as the seat of volition. "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). The heart makes decisions.

Words come from the heart. "And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man" (Matthew 15:16-20).

The heart is our intellect, emotions, will, and conscience. "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind" (Matthew 22:37). "Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart" (Psalm 119:2).

We must have a good heart to be pleasing to God. "Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened" (Romans 1:21). Jesus said, "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things" (Matthew 12:34-35).

Secondly, let us study about purity. There are two Greek words for pure that we want to discuss. The first is Hagnos. It means that which is Holy or sanctified. The second Greek word is Katharos. Katharos means that which is clean without contamination. Katharos is used by Jesus in Matthew 5:8 when He stated, "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."

Let's read some scriptures about the concept of having a pure heart:

What are some ways that we are to be pure? Paul wrote, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works" (Titus 2:11-14).

  1. We must have a pure mind. "Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you" ( John 15:3). "For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear" (Matthew 13:15-16).

  2. We must have pure affections or desires. Paul again stated, ""Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved" (Romans 10:1). "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind" (Matthew 22:37).

  3. We must have a pure allegiance and purpose. "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver" (II Corinthians 9:7). Paul again wrote, "But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you" (Romans 6:17).

Finally, let us study about the blessing to receive:"For they shall see God". In one way, all will see God on the judgement day. "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen" (Revelation 1:7). However, this "seeing" in Matthew 5:8 is limited to the pure in heart. "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God" (Matthew 5:8). A christian will see God by faith. "Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? (John 14:8-9). "For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God" (Hebrews 11:10). "For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country" (Hebrews 11:14). "Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully" (Psalm 24:3-4).

Please follow along with me in the New Testament as we read what God requires for us to be saved. We must hear God's Word. Paul wrote, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17). After hearing God's Word, we must have faith. Jesus said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 16:16). Christ commanded that we must repent of our sins (Luke 13:3). Repentance is a turning away from a life of sin. Paul said that God requires all people everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30). Confession of the name of Christ is commanded by God. The Eunuch in Acts chapter 8 stated "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God" (Acts 8:37). The final act of obedience to God's terms of entrance is that we must be baptized for the remission of our sins. Acts 2:38 states, "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." We reach the blood of Christ in baptism and we are added to the Lord's church (Acts 2:47) and we are christians. The church of Christ is the church that we can read about in the New Testament (Romans 16:16) and is found in countries, communities and villages across the world as people obey and practice the same gospel as they did in the book of Acts. Paul stated, that there is only one church (Ephesians 4:4). It is important to understand that the same thing that saves us also adds us to the Lord's church, the church of Christ. As a Christian we are to live a faithful life even unto death as we deal with persecutions of life. Revelation 2:10 states, "be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life."

My friend, will you not obey God's terms of entrance and be saved from your sins?

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