Daily Devotional – The Beatitudes by Thomas Watson Part IV

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January 6, 2020 by directorfsm

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The Beatitudes

by Thomas Watson, 1660

An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12 

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
“Blessed are those who are persecuted, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

Poverty of Spirit (Continued)

There are four things which may persuade Christians to be poor in spirit.

1. This poverty is your riches. You may have the world’s riches, and yet be poor. You cannot have this poverty without being made rich. Poverty of spirit entitles you to all Christ’s riches.

2. This poverty is your nobility. God looks upon you as people of honor. He who is vile in his own eyes—is precious in God’s eyes. The way to rise—is to fall. God esteems the valley highest.

3. Poverty of spirit sweetly quiets the soul. When a man is brought off from himself to rest on Christ, what a blessed calm is in the heart! I am poor—but ‘my God shall supply all my needs!’ (Philippians 4:19). I am unworthy—but Christ is worthy! I am indigent—but Christ is infinite! ‘Lead me to the rock that is higher than I’ (Psalm 61:2). A man is safe upon a rock. When the soul goes out of itself and centers upon the rock, Christ—now it is firmly settled upon its basis. This is the way to comfort. You will be wounded in spirit—until you come to be poor in spirit.

4. Poverty of spirit paves the pathway for blessedness. ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit.’ Are you poor in spirit? You are blessed people! Happy for you that ever you were born! If you ask, “Wherein does this blessedness appear?” read the next words, ‘Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven’.

5. The poor in spirit are enriched with a heavenly kingdom!

“Theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

Here is high advancement for the saints. They shall be advanced to a heavenly kingdom! There are some who, aspiring after earthly greatness, talk of a temporal reign here—but then God’s church on earth would not be militant, but triumphant. But sure it is—that the saints shall reign in a glorious manner: ‘Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.’ A kingdom is the pinnacle and top of all worldly felicity, and ‘this honor have all the saints!’ So says our Savior, ‘Theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’ All Christ’s subjects are kings! By the kingdom of heaven, is meant that state of glory which the saints shall enjoy when they shall reign with God and the angels forever; sin, hell and death being fully subdued.

A. For the illustration of this, I shall show first—wherein the saints in heaven are like kings. Kings have their insignia or regalia, their ensigns of royalty and majesty.

1. Kings have their CROWNS. So the saints after death have their royal crown. ‘Be faithful unto death—and I will give you a crown of life’ (Revelation 2:10). Believers are not only pardoned—but crowned! The crown is an ensign of honor. A crown is not for everyone. It will not fit every head. It is only for kings and people of renown to wear (Psalm 21:3). The crown which the poor in spirit shall wear in heaven, is an honorable crown. God himself installs them into their honor and sets the royal crown upon their head. And this crown that the saints shall wear, which is divinely glorious and illustrious, exceeds all other.

[1] It is more pure. Other crowns, though they are made of pure gold—yet they are mixed metal; they have their troubles. A crown of gold, cannot be made without thorns. It has so many vexations belonging to it, that it is apt to make the head ache. Which made Cyrus say, did men but know what cares he sustained under the imperial crown, he thought they would not stoop to take it up. But the saints’ crown is made without crosses. It is not mingled with care of keeping—or fear of losing. What Solomon speaks in another sense, I may say of the crown of glory, ‘It adds no sorrow with it’ (Proverbs 10:22). This crown, like David’s harp, drives away the evil spirit of sorrow and disquiet. As there can be joy in hell—so there can be no grief in heaven!

[2] This crown of glory does not draw envy to it. David’s own son envied him and sought to take his crown from his head. A princely crown is oftentimes the mark for envy and ambition to shoot at! But the crown the saints shall wear is free from envy. One saint shall not envy another—because all are crowned! And though one crown may be larger than another—yet every one shall have as big a crown as he is able to carry!

[3] This is a never-fading crown. Other crowns quickly wear away and tumble into the dust: ‘Does the crown endure to all generations?’ (Proverbs 27:24). Henry VI was honored with the crowns of two kingdoms, France and England. The first was lost through the faction of his nobles; the other was twice plucked from his head. The crown has many heirs and successors. The crown is a withering thing. Death is a worm which feeds in it; but the crown of glory is imperishable, ‘it fades not away’ (1 Peter 5:4). It is not like the rose which loses its color and vernancy. This crown cannot be made to wither—but it keeps always fresh and resplendent. Eternity is a jewel of the saints’ crown!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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