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Beatitudes – Blessed Are The Poor in Spirit

Bible Study from Matthew 5:1-3

Beatitudes - Blessed Are The Poor in SpiritThe Sermon on the Mount by Jesus Christ is well recognized, but there are also many people who don’t completely understand it.

This is especially true when it comes to the 8 Beatitudes listed in the famous sermon.

Let’s look at verses 1-3 from Matthew 5 where Jesus states; “blessed are the poor in spirit“, one of the best known of the eight beatitudes.

The Poor in Spirit Receive the Kingdom of Heaven

When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.

He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:1-3 NASB

From the Sermon on the Mount

You are about to embark on an adventure through the Bible with verses called Beatitudes given by Jesus in His “Sermon on the Mount”.

You’ll find that these teachings of Jesus present a wonderful guideline for living.

What Does “Poor in Spirit” Mean?

Jesus is teaching in verse three that if we give all we have for Him, we will be blessed in heaven.


At first glance these “Beatitudes” seem to be full of contradictions. And certainly Christ did not turn the world upside down by “going along” with the crowd.

His statements were very radical for the times.

Our Call to be Different

Sometimes we will be called to say and do things differently from the rest of the world as Jesus said in his statement; “Take up your cross” but our reward is not always here on earth – it’s in heaven.

We also must try to remain in a loving state even when it seems that no one loves us in return.

What Christ Asked Us to Do

If we love those who hate us then we are following Christ’s’ way of thinking. He was hated by many but He never stopped loving them, even up till the time of His death.

God never stops loving us either. Jesus was willing to die because of His love for us.

What are we willing to do?

Love in Christ

– Bob

If you would like to discover more about how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to go here and read the first steps.


Read Today’s Verses Here:

New American Standard Bible

New King James Version

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