So that we may become
Heirs of the Kingdom of God
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"And if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him."
Matthew 5:7 "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
The word ‘mercy’ in this verse literally means “kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them; of men towards men: to exercise the virtue of mercy, show one’s self merciful
We are indeed being “Sanctified”: Being made holy and set apart for God’s use.
verse 8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Our attitudes are changing. Showing mercy is a sign that our hearts are changing and become pure in the sight of God. We are being transformed in what we see and in how we see. We are beginning to see matters as God sees them.
verse 9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
A peace will begin to settle over the heart and mind of the redeemed and sanctified Believer. We, not only begin to experience ‘a peace that passes understanding’ from our deepening relationship with God, but we begin to demonstrate and practice that peace of God which earns us the title “sons (and daughters) of God”. We are being made into His image.
verse 10 "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
The bible tells us that it is now that we possess the Kingdom of Heaven. This statement is too rich and too profound for the “casual Christian” or “casual Believer” to understand.
The phrase “Kingdom of Heaven” means this:
Kingdom: 932 βασιλεία basileia bas-il-i’-ah, Probably from Strong’s #939 through the notion of a foundation of power;
1) royal power, kingship, dominion, rule
1a) not to be confused with an actual kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom
1b) of the royal power of Jesus as the triumphant Messiah
1c) of the royal power and dignity conferred on Christians in the Messiah’s kingdom
(It is important to Note: The word Kingdom comes from a root word baino, meaning “to walk” - AV-foot (sole of) 1; 1
1) a stepping, walking
2) that with which one steps, the foot
This reminds us of the tremendous proclamation in Joshua 1:3 "Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses.”
Heaven: 3772 οὐρανός ouranos oo-ran-os’
perhaps from the same as 3735 (through the idea of elevation); the sky
1) the vaulted expanse of the sky with all things visible in it
1a) the universe, the world
2) the region above the sidereal heavens, the seat of order of things eternal and consummately perfect where God dwells and other heavenly beings.
We are to become and, in a real sense, we have already become, heirs of the Kingdom of God - the place of the foundation of all power. And we are to walk in His Spirit, in His Kingdom, with full rights and responsibilities as His children.
We are, even now, seated in the Heavenly places with Christ. Ephesians 1:4 "But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus."
A place of royal power, kingship, dominion and rule, not to be confused with an actual kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom, God’s Kingdom.
It is of the royal power of Jesus as the triumphant Messiah.
It is the Place of the royal power and dignity conferred on Christians in the Messiah’s kingdom. (From Strong’s concordance, definitions and translations of the Greek and Hebrew languages)
And let's remember, that through this process, we have become “Entirely Sanctified”:
Matthew 5:14 "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;
v15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. v16 "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."
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Romans 8:16 "The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us."