Spiritual Beggars (Poor in Spirit, Spiritually Bankrupt) we come to Christ
for our salvation.]
[As Broken Sinners
(They that mourn) we come to Christ for our transformation.]
[ Blessed - happy
- in Greek culture was always associated with outward prosperity.
Here Jesus expressly associates happiness with a pure character.
Character is the source of happiness, but not just any character, it must
be Godly character.]
[ John 13:17 If
ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. ]
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed:
blessed are they that have not
seen, and yet have believed.]
[Jesus renders happiness as the result of specific moral
[ Worldly view]
Sorrow and pain is bad.]
God focuses on character not condition.]
There Is :
The Guilt That Convicts Us [-
are they that mourn . . . –
The idea of mourning in our day carries with the idea of brokenness and in may
minds helplessness and weakness. We
do not like to mourn because mourning always carries with is a deep sense of
loss. We usually mourn when we have
lost someone whom we cherish dearly.]
[Our Lord, in saying,
Blessed are they that mourn . .
. is indeed appealing to this sense of great loss and its hopelessness, but
He is applying to a deep spiritual need in our lives.]
[To be a Spiritual Beggar and realize that in and of yourself
you have no eternal hope, and to come to the Lord Jesus Christ for your
salvation will save you from eternal damnation and hell, but it will leave you
empty and undone in this continuing mortal life.
God not only desires to save you, but He desires to give you an abounding
life as well. This deeper desire
and move of God in the lives of His children demands the transforming power of
mourning in the hearts of God’s people.]
[Your Heavenly Father will bring you, His child to a deep
sense of spiritual mourning so that He can work an incredible joy out of its
of sin (Matt 15.18-20; Rom 5.12,18-19) [- The heart.]
[Sin finds its home in the heart with a powerful
15:18-20 But those things which
proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
19For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries,
fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
20These are the things
which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. ]
[People are born
sinners. We don’t need for
anyone or any circumstance to teach is to be sinful, corrupt, selfish, and evil.
We inherited our sinfulness from our parents, who received it from their
parents, who received it from their parents, all the way back to Adam and Eve.
This is what is meant when the Bible says,]
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death
by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:]
18 Therefore as by the offence of one
judgment came upon all men to
condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one
the free gift came upon all men
unto justification of life. 19 For
as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one
shall many be made righteous.]
[We inherited Adam’s blood, and our blood brought
Adam’s sinfulness into our lives.
We are sinners by heritage. We have
a natural nature that is mortally affected by corruption and sin.]
Result of sin (vs 30; Rom 6.23; Isa
53.5) [- Eternal damnation or condemnation is the result of sin.]
For the wages of sin
is death; but the
gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord. ]
[What is it that
causes a person to go to hell?
God does not cast anyone into hell.
Through our sin we earn out way into hell.
The truth is that we throw ourselves into hell.]
Cross - Jesus suffered for your sin and continues to suffer for your sin.]
But he was wounded for our
transgressions, he was bruised
for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace
was upon him; and with his
stripes we are healed. ]
Rebellion of sin (Heb 10.29-31)
[- There must come a point
when a person realizes the incredible cost of their sin and sinfulness.
Each of us must deal with the fact that when we sin we trample under foot
the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God.
The Bible states,]
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose
ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and
hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy
thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said,
Vengeance belongeth unto me, I
will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
It is a fearful thing to fall
into the hands of the living God. ]
Jesus says, “Blessed
are they that mourn . . .”
He is specifically referring to our reckoning with the fact that our
Savior took our place upon Calvary’s Cross and suffered the penalty that you and
I deserved to suffer. This is our
recognition of the incredible price that had to be paid for our sins.]
[Why do we need to
recognize the immensity of the cost of our sin, because he who is forgiven much
loves much, and he who loves much sacrifices much. (cf. Luke 7.47)]
The Grief That Consumes Us (2 Cor 7.10) [-
When Jesus said,
are they that mourn . . .,
He was pointing us to our brokenness over our sin.
Our Lord is leading us to a godly sorrow.
The Apostle Paul,]
[2 Cor. 7:10
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the
sorrow of the world worketh death. ]
[- Which is a matter of the mind. This is what you think about a given
[- Which is a matter of the heart.
This is what you feel about a given situation.]
Repentance (2 Chron 7.14; Ezek 18.20-24; Rom 12.1-2) [- Which is
a matter of God's heart. This deals
with what your Heavenly Father says about a given situation.
Regret and remorse will not likely cause change in ones life, until they
are combined with a greater accountability.]
- A child may know what they have done is wrong (regret) and may or may not feel
bad (remorse) about what they have done, but they will rarely do anything
substantial toward correcting what they have done until they know someone is
holding them accountable (Repentance)]
7:14 If my people, which are
called by my name,
shall humble themselves,
and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then
will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. ]
18:20-24 The soul that sinneth,
it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither
shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the
righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
21But if the wicked
will turn from
all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which
is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
22All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be
mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.
23Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God:
that he should return
from his ways, and live?24But
when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity,
and doeth according to all the
abominations that the wicked man
doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be
mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath
sinned, in them shall he die. ]
12:1-2 I beseech you therefore,
brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy, acceptable unto God, which is
your reasonable service.
2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and
perfect, will of God. ]
The God That Comforts Us [ -
are they that mourn:
for they shall be
comforted. - Someone
might think, “Well how cruel. Why
would anyone want to bring someone into such a deep pain that they would refer
to it as mourning? What kind of
love is that?” Actually, this is
the greatest kind of love. Because
it is from this sorrow of heart that an incredible strength and fortitude is
resourced.] Our Lord’s Provision
Comfort (Rom 8.15-17; 2 Cor
5.20) [- This is not sympathy. It is
root parakaleo – from a compound Greek word whose parts mean
para meaning by the side of
and kaleo meaning to call.
Hence this is to call along side of in the future, passive, indicative
sense of the word.]
Supernatural Fortress - It has been said of this Greek word that it
expresses the idea of a strengthening as if one were to be
called into a fortress.
Hence, our heavenly father will comfort those who recognize the gravity
and penalty paid for their sins by calling them into the fortress of His
omnipotent and supernatural strength.]
manifested in the born again Christian’s life through,]
Adoption of Sons. – As a child of God you have all of the protection and
strength that can be provided by your Heavenly Father.]
15 For ye have not received the spirit
of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby
we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit
itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of
God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with
him, that we may be also
glorified together. ]
Ambassador’s of God – Ambassadors were typically the children of a king.
Hence our Heavenly Father sends us out as His emissaries to a lost and hostile
world. But as His ambassadors we
care with us all the authority and power of our Father’s kingdom.]
20 Now then we are ambassadors for
Christ, as though God did beseech you
by us: we pray you in Christ's
stead, be ye reconciled to God. ]
people, born again Christians, realize the incredible payment that has been paid
in full by their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, then they will reckon just how
great their Heavenly Father’s love for them is and they will be led to fully
trust God with every issue in their life.
From this trust there will flow the kind of comfort that only the
mightiest fortress might provide.]
– I suppose the idea of the comfort provided by a mighty fortress is a bit
abject in our day. But in biblical
times there was an incredible confidence and comfort that came from living in a
fortress. The fortress provided
security and safety in an uncertain world.
God offers you, as His child the greatest kind of security and safety.]
Companion (Psalm 138.3; John
14.15-16) [- God gives you strength.
The comfort implied by our Lord in this passage is further strengthened
and understood by the spiritual presence that God brings into our lives at the
moment of our salvation. This
presence is the indwelling Holy Spirit of God, or the presence of God within us.
The Psalmist wrote,]
In the day when I cried thou answeredst me,
and strengthenedst me
with strength in my soul. ]
[We receive strength through the Holy Spirit’s pressence.]
14:15-16 If ye love me, keep my
16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter,
that he may abide with you for ever;]
[We gain strength when we weep for our sin and its
payment. We also gain strength
through the one dwelling within us.]
Confession (1John 1.9-2.1)
[- Someone might ask, “What if we sin after mourning?”
Then our loving Heavenly Father provides continuing forgiveness through
our living advocate, our Lord Jesus Christ.]
1:9-2:1 If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just to forgive us
our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is
not in us.
little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man
sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: ]
["When you come to an honest
Holy Spirit comes along side of you
to give you strength."]
["God turns every tear into a
telescope toward God."][Adrian Rogers]
Church, Nov 2, 2008