Who are the Poor in Spirit?

Encouraging words from Matthew 5


Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.



It seems like no matter who you listen to, they have a different interpretation for what Jesus means by "the meek," "the poor in spirit" and et cetera in His Sermon on the Mount. So I asked Jesus about it, and this is what He said:

J First of all, notice that there are seven adjectives here, and although they all describe different aspects of My people, all of these promises, all of these blessings, refer to all of My people who are My people indeed, because they all describe those who are Mine. So the one thing I want you to take away from these seven (the number of perfection) is that all of these promises are promises for you:

  1. The kingdom of heaven belongs to you
  2. I will comfort you
  3. You will inherit the earth (and spend 1000 years reigning on it with Me as we clean up satan’s mess)
  4. I will fill you with living water and righteousness and they will feed and satiate you
  5. I will be merciful toward you (My children show mercy! They don’t hold grudges!)
  6. You will see Me. You will see the Father. You will see the Spirit. You will see God!
  7. You are My children. I call you that even now.

Persecution is another thing that categorizes you, and if you’re persecuted you shall know that the kingdom of heaven is yours. You will reign in it with Me. That’s what that means. You’re a part of the kingdom and the kingdom is a part of you. And your reward in eternity will be great. Look for it!