Category Archives: Life in the Kingdom

14. Matthew 5:5 Meek and Inherit the Earth (Part 2) Inherit the Earth

As we begin to consider the second half of verse 5 “for they shall inherit the earth,” we need to remember that Jesus did not speak the eight statements of blessing as if they were warm and fuzzy sayings that … Continue reading

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13. Matthew 5:5 Meek and Inherit the Earth (Part 1) Be Meek

True biblical meekness is only possible in a person who has been broken, who has mourned, and who has been comforted by God. When we repent and mourn over our sinful departures from God, He meets us in our grief … Continue reading

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12. Matthew 5:4 Mourn and be Comforted (Part 4) Turning Away from Self-Comforting

If the flesh is left alone, it will happily pursue its addictive program of self-comforting and self-medication until we die. The flesh is a master at avoiding emotional pain and avoiding the anxiety caused by on-going sin. As Christians, we … Continue reading

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11. Matthew 5:4 Mourn and be Comforted (Part 3) The False Path of Self-Comforting

This study discusses how the worldly aspects of our lives are an obstacle to true Godly comforting. It asks us to examine our conformity to the world, our habits, and our addictions for the sake of deepening our relationship with … Continue reading

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10. Matthew 5:4 Mourn and be Comforted (Part 2) True Godly Comforting

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. In the following verse, we can see the interconnected relationship between meekness, comforting, mourning, and the brokenhearted, which are addressed in the first three statements of blessing in … Continue reading

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9. Matthew 5:4 Mourn and Be Comforted (Part 1) Mourning

Matthew 5 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed … Continue reading

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8. Matthew 5:3 Poor in Spirit (Part 3) The Kingdom of Heaven is Near

We continue the study of Matthew 5:3 by looking at the words kingdom of heaven. Previously, we saw how depraved sinful men and women fell into the pit of spiritual death. Their lives were controlled by pride, self-indulgent desires, and … Continue reading

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7. Matthew 5:3 Poor in Spirit (Part 2) Pulled Out of the Pit of Death

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. This is part two on the study of verse 3 of Matthew chapter 5. Previously, we examined the qualities of the human spirit and considered … Continue reading

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6. Matthew 5:3 Poor in Spirit (Part 1) Falling into the Pit of Death

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. I want to begin with an observation about the verbs that are used in the preceding verse. First, the word are has been printed in … Continue reading

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5. The Blessing of the King

The Sermon on the Mount has been occupying my thoughts and studies since 2006. Of course I have been studying other books of the Bible since that time, but the Sermon on the Mount continues to stand out at the … Continue reading

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