Friday, October 11, 2013

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the Pure in Heart - Steve Gregg

Who are the pure in heart and who is not? How are the pure in heart blessed?

Matthew 5:8


New King James Version (NKJV)

Blessed are the pure in heart,
    For they shall see God.

The Beatitudes

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God (Matt.5:8)

I. Old Testament background for this idea—Psalm 24:3

II. The doctrine of “seeing God”
A. God is invisible (1 Tim. 1:17)
1. No one can see Him and live (Exod.33:20-23)
2. No one has seen God (John 1:18/1 Tim.6:16)
3. We love Him without having seen Him (1 Pet.1:8/1 John 4:20)
B. In certain cases, God can be “seen”
1. In theophanies (Gen.18:1/32:30/Judges 13:22)
2. In visions (Exod.24:10/Num.12:6/Isa.6:1)
3. In creation (Rom.1:20)
4. In Jesus (John 14:9/Col.1:15/Heb.1:3)
5. By inward revelation (John 14:21-23)
6. Faith is as good as sight (Heb.11:1, 13, 27/2 Cor.4:18)
7. At His coming (Job.19:25-27/1 John 3:2-3/1 Cor.13:12)
C. The qualification for seeing God (Hebrews 12:14)

III. The importance of the “heart”
A. The heart is the seat of all secret thoughts, emotions, and motives (Prov.23:6-7)
B. All of life’s issues emanate from the heart (Prov.4:23/Matt.15:18-19)
C. God’s primary interest is in the state of the heart (1 Sam.16:7)
D. Love out of a pure heart is the goal of Christianity (1 Tim.1:5/1 Pet.1:22/2 Tim.2:22)

IV. What constitutes purity of heart?
A. Purged of guilt (Heb.9:14/10:22)
B. Without guile (John 1:47/Rev.14:5/Matt.6:1-18/Eph.6:6)
C. Unpolluted
1. Wholly for God (Matt.22:37/James 4:8)
2. Simplicity (Acts 2:46/Luke 10:41-42)
3. Morally pure (Matt.5:28/Job 31:1)
4. Not loving money (Matt.6:21-24/13:22/1 Tim.6:6-10)
5. Trusting, not doubting (James 1:8/Mark 11:23)

V. Signs of heart pollution
A. Casual thought and speech (Matt.12:34/Jas.3:10-17/Ps.19:14)
B. Lukewarmness (1 Pet.1:22/Rev.3:15/Matt.24:12)
C. No confidence before man or God (Prov.28:1/1 John 3:20-21)

VI. Keeping the heart pure
A. Pray for it (Ps.51:10/Phil.4:6-7)
B. Walk in the light (1 John 1:7-10/Eph.5:13)
C. Hold fast your profession of faith (Heb.3:12/10:23)
D. Cast out idols (Ezek.14:3/Matt.5:29-30/19:21/1 John 5:21)
E. Fill the heart and mind: pro-active purity (Eph.5:19/Phil.4:8)