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"Blessed are the pure in heart ..."
October 13, 2019 / David Thomas
All Scriptures from English Standard Version
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“… for they shall see God.”
1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
Moses said, “Please show me your glory.”
21 And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, 22 and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.”
“You cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.”
The promise of “they shall see God:”
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.
3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. 4 They will see his face ….
1 John 3:2-3
2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
No longer limited by a sinful nature, we will be able to experience what Moses requested and was denied.
The promise of “they shall see God:”
2. Currently ongoing
Three examples of "Jesus is God."
“I and the Father are One.”
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”
God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
John 1:1-2, 14
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. ... 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.
Since the Fall of Man, God has taken extraordinary measures to make relationship with us possible now – before eternity.
“Blessed are the pure in heart …”
The heart when used figuratively in Scripture represents a person’s thoughts, knowledge and will.
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
1 Samuel 16:7
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’
And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud
5 After this I looked, and the sanctuary of the tent of witness in heaven was opened, 6 and out of the sanctuary came the seven angels with the seven plagues, clothed in pure, bright linen, with golden sashes around their chests.
And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses.
“Pure in heart”
Because of sin, none of us was born with a pure heart.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it
19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. 20 These are what defile a person .…
21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.
27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
The path to righteousness:
Pharisees – to be clean on the outside
Jesus – to be pure on the inside
Romans 7:15, 18-20
15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. … 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
1 John 1:8
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Repent = “the act of changing one’s mind”
13 … But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
What is your major takeaway from this week’s message?
How should understanding the extraordinary measures God has taken to have relationship with us impact the way you live your life?
In your own words, what is a pure heart?
What do you believe is the key for you to have a pure heart?
In your own words, what is the difference between confessing a sin and repenting of sin?
Supplemental reading for this week:
Psalm 51:10: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
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