FROM MY HEART TO YOURS
“BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT FOR THEIR’S IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.”
So the Lord Jesus begins the Sermon on the Mount. But who are the “poor in spirit?” The poor in spirit are those who acknowledge their sin before God, and call on Christ as Savior and Lord. You may think that simplifies things too much; but God always makes things simple for us. It is we who are hard on one another.
Knowing that we are spiritually bankrupt; and, subsequently learning to fear God, is the “Beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7). When we are born again, we come in “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). Being “poor in spirit,” is what enables us to acknowledge the grace of God. It is what causes us to realize, as our spiritual poverty is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit through the hearing of God’s Word, that we must call on the name of the Lord Jesus for salvation (Romans 10:9-17). All of this is by grace, every bit of it. It’s “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior” (Titus 3:5,6).
As God makes clear through His Holy Word, the Bible: Salvation is by grace alone; through faith alone; in Jesus Christ alone; as He is revealed in Holy Scripture alone; to the praise and glory of God alone. There is salvation in no one or nothing else. Works can’t save us; attending church can’t save us; sacraments can’t save us. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
“The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him who is athirst, come. And, whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17). This is the way of salvation of which the “Poor in spirit” take hold!
With love in the Lord Jesus, from a sinner saved by grace,