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Blessed Are the Pure in Heart Matthew 5:1-8 The Beatitudes • Part of Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” • The 6th of 8 sayings called beatitudes From the Latin word for blessed, beatis • Greek word is markarios means happy • Contain a description & a prescription Description of citizens of His kingdom Prescription for genuine, lasting happiness • Each contains a promise The Spiritual Heart • Not the organ that pumps blood • Nor simply one’s feelings or emotions • But the center of our moral & spiritual being • It is the hidden inner person- I Pet. 3:3-4 • The real you & the real me • Only two types of hearts • Those that are pure & those that are impure The Need for a Pure Heart • We live in a morally & spiritually corrupt society • Not as corrupt as in Noah’s day- Gen. 6:5 • But it seems to be getting worse • Exposed to unclean words & works daily • More corrupt our society becomes, the more difficult it is to maintain a pure heart • We greatly need more who are pure in heart Importance of A Pure Heart • Is the source of our words & actions Including those that are evil-Matt. 15:18 • Determines our appetites & outlook- Prov. 4:23 Reason some seek good & others seek evil • We must love God with our heart- Matt. 22:37 • Acceptable worship is from the heart- Eph. 5:19 • All our service is to be from our heart- Eph. 6:6 • Required to see God- V8 What Is A Pure Heart?-1 • Pure heart is clean & undefiled (Greek-katharos) In its thoughts, desires & intentions • It seeks things that are right- II Tim. 2:22 A heart in which God’s word reigns- Psa. 1:1-2 • It is a good heart It recognizes & appreciates good Desires good for itself & others • It is an honest heart What Is A Pure Heart?-2 It is unprejudiced & without deceit Jesus’ description of Nathanael- Jn. 1:47 Will neither flatter nor criticize unjustly Will speak the truth & treat others fairly & honestly • It is a sincere heart Without pretense or hypocrisy Its motives are like the actions it poduces Jesus’ greatest rebuke- Matt. 23:27 The Promise • V8- “They shall see God” • They see God by faith in this life In His creation & His word • They see His kingdom from the inside • They will have fellowship with Him- Psa. 24:3-5 • They will see Jesus when He returns- I Jn. 3:1-3 • None with impure heart will enter Heaven- Rev. 21:27 The Heart Must Be Purified • Because sin corrupts the heart And all are guilty of sin- Rom. 3:23 • It is purified by faith in Christ- Acts 15:9 • That faith is an obedient faith • Which produces repentance- Acts 17:30 • Confession of one’s faith- Rom. 10:10 • And baptism- Heb. 10:22 • Then we can approach God with a pure heart The Heart Must Be Kept Pure • Because christians can & do sin- I Jn. 1:8 • And our heart can be corrupted By evil thoughts & desires- Prov. 4:23 • We must choose good friends- I Cor. 15:33 • We must keep the world out of our heart • And fill it with God’s pure & holy word-Phil 4:8 • What is the condition of your heart right now?
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