Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
The above verse is the sixth Beatitude given by Jesus in His so-called Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Jesus. The Beatitudes in Matthew are eight (or nine) blessings listed by Jesus where each is a maxim He proclaims with any in depth explanation except for the ninth:
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Compared to those blessings preceding this one this seems rather lengthy and may even be considered an extension of the blessing in verse ten
1) 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
2) 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
3) 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
4) 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
5) 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
6) 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
7) 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
8) 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
There is one more possible Beatitude as well in John 20:19b when Jesus is rebuking Thomas’ lack of faith
blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed
While all the Beatitudes are worth exploring we will only look at the sixth one in our verse of the day which says Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. God has often noted He is not interested in outward purity as it may be pure hypocrisy as we have seen throughout the Old Testament. Thus He has always been interested in internal or inward purity – a heart that truly is seeking God and His will. Also in the Old Testament it was understood or known it was not possible to see God in this life for God told Moses
You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live. Exodus 33:20
In the next life it was envisioned one could see God
26 And after my skin has been destroyed, after I awake, though this body has been destroyed, then I will see God;
27 I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!
These men, those who are pure in heart , may not be great in number, but they shall see what no mortal man, no mortal eye may see in this life. But in the life to come, they will see God.
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:12
It’s Friday and I hope you have a Great Weekend while remembering to Go to Church. Take a look through the Beatitudes and see which you may apply to your life … or begin to apply to your life