Sermon given 5 March 2011

The Beatitudes - Part 3

by Jon Bowles

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If you would like to turn with me to Matthew chapter 5, and once again put a marker over in Matthew chapter 5 because we will be flipping back there periodically through the remainder of the sermon.

Passover is only six weeks away now, and we are commanded to examine ourselves and the area we need to be examining is the area of repentance; that we actually repent from dead works and repent to the Living God, to serve the Living God, and we need to do that in everything. Certainly, when we look here in Matthew chapter 5, Christ is re-giving the Law, and giving the spiritual intent of the Law; and so when we see the Beatitudes, it needs to be understood in that light.

Taking just the subject say, of the Sabbath day, you can see the spiritual intent as far as the Law is concerned. If our neighbour's house was on fire, we would not and should not, hesitate to get out there and work to help him and help her to save the family and do what they can to put out the fire. To do it without any problem, because the spiritual intent is you love your neighbour as yourself. It is something we would want our neighbours to do for us, if that was the case. But there again, we wouldn't work as a fireman. We wouldn't go out and obtain a job as a fireman, because a fireman is really going out on a regular basis, breaking the Sabbath.

Yet, at the same time, if we were say a deacon, working in a Church area, at maybe a Feast site, and there were fire regulations, and it happened to be a Sabbath, he would still have the responsibility to make sure the aisles were clear, and the doors were unlocked, and making sure all the various regulations are adhered to as a deacon. So, on one side we would help our neighbour on the Sabbath if there was a fire, but we wouldn't work as a fireman; but we would go ahead and implement the fire regulations and so on, as a fire officer. These are all quite legitimate within the spiritual intent of God's Law. It's not a case of just taking the letter and just analyzing and dissecting the letter, but it is the application, it is the way that we apply that Law. What we need to repent to, is to a New Testament administration of God's Law. It doesn't mean that we don't keep the Sabbath. We've got to keep the Sabbath, as it says here in Matthew 5:18:

"For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be [brought to pass]." (Matthew 5:18)

[Until]...the entire thing is brought to pass. In other words, everything to do with man is now complete and therefore you can lay aside certain of the Laws that relate to us specifically as human beings. Until that actually takes place it stays and it stays in its entirety. Well here in Matthew 5:1 it is saying:

"And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying [the first thing that He taught them was], Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:1-3)

Certainly, this ties in very clearly as I brought out with Isaiah 66. It is very much the starting point. We have to have the right frame of mind; the right attitude of mind. That is in the context of the Kingdom of Heaven as far as the need right the way through to the hundred-year period and right into the New Jerusalem in that area in Isaiah 66. You then go on and Matthew 5:4 says:

"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." (Matthew 5:4)

Again, that also ties in with Isaiah 66 as well where you mourn for Jerusalem, yet they will be comforted in Jerusalem. There is a great deal more being said to these disciples, these ones who fear and tremble at the Word of God. The ones who are actually listening to the Word of God; are being trained and being instructed as students of this Word. Of understanding this Word according to the Spirit and its intent which is absolutely vital. It then goes on in Matthew 5:5:

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5)

This is a direct quote from Psalm 37:11. The fact is, that we do need to be meek. We need to be disciples, we need to be students, we need to be teachable students; ones that have the right approach. We cited the area that Moses was meek above anyone that was on the earth. It doesn't mean weak; it means meek, it means teachable. Christ also was teachable.

Mr Armstrong stressed the fact that he agreed with God. He agreed with things that God was saying. He was teachable, listening to, and trying to find out, and understand what God had to actually say to us - to its intent, to its meaning, to its purpose. In Matthew 5:6:

"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." (Matthew 5:6)

In the time of the New Testament Church and the time in which we find ourselves in today, the understanding via this era of the Church. I say 'era' - and you can interpret that in several different ways. But this particular time of the New Testament Church, it is the kind of righteousness that is needed. Hungering and thirsting for God's righteousness, the very mind of God Himself, the way God looks at things. We will then be filled, we will then be filled with the Living Bread.

It's not just a dead Word. It's not just an analysis of the physical words that are in this Book. It is trying to always find the thinking of God that lies behind those words. It doesn't mean to say we don't keep those words. We do. Not one jot or tittle will pass from the Law until all be fulfilled. So, we are still keeping them. We are administering them according to their intent. We are always looking for their intent. We are looking for the principle. What is God's Mind behind everything that we find? Because, that is the true righteousness. That is the righteousness that we need to be ultimately filled with. We are filled with that Living Bread.

If we just turn to the final scriptures that I used last time, over in Isaiah 51:6. Again, in this area of hungering and thirsting after righteousness we find here this passage of scripture and it says:

"Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished." (Isaiah 51:6)

It is an eternal righteousness. It's a righteousness that is going to go on forever. This salvation that we will have is a salvation, a rescue from a way of life, but it is more than that; it is a rescue from death. That then will be extended. Once you understand God's righteousness and apply the thinking of God that you find within scriptures. It is not just the words, it's the thinking. That thinking is then applied within scriptures and we hunger and thirst after that form of righteousness. Then indeed, we shall be filled because it will go on for eternity. It will go on forever. It says in Isaiah 51:11:

"Therefore the redeemed of the [Eternal] shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away." (Isaiah 51:11)

It is an everlasting joy that will be there. And the final scripture I quoted last time is in Isaiah 55:3. If you can, turn over a couple of pages, it talks there:

"Incline your ear [listen; be a student that is meek, that is teachable, that is listening], and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David." (Isaiah 55:3)

This Covenant is an everlasting Covenant, an everlasting agreement; and when we go back to Matthew chapter 5, this is what's being laid out. This is what Christ is doing. He is taking the Word of God and He is showing us the everlasting agreement that is now available to mankind. Because He was coming and was going to die for mankind. The blood was shed and we are looking at the Passover. We are looking at the repentance that is necessary, as we approach the Passover, as we examine ourselves. In fact it is to a new and living way to actually take on board the very mind of God, a converted mind. That is what is being laid out here in this passage.

This is what we need to look at. This is what we need to be examining at the present time. It is a case of examining what we must really repent to and why. It is to this New Testament administration of the very Law of God. That Law doesn't change. It isn't negated by one stroke of the pen at all. But the administration is to try and find the principle, to try and find the very mind and the thinking of God Himself; because we are to be the very sons and daughters of God in the future. This is what Christ is bringing in and illuminating to the disciples, to the students of that way and of that thinking, of that mindset.

Blessed Are The Merciful (PLAY FROM 10:11)

So, we go into then Matthew 5:7, the next aspect that is being brought to us:

"Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." (Matthew 5:7)

Here in Matthew 5, 6 and 7 we certainly find this same sentiment expounded and given to us in a way that should remind us every single time we get on our knees to pray. If you notice in Matthew 6:12, one of the things we need to be praying each day is:

"And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." (Matthew 6:12)

In other words; "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." (Matthew 5:7) Forgive us our debts, we want be able to obtain mercy, we need to be forgiving our debtors. Forgiving those who have done something against us. As it says in Matthew 6:14:

"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." (Matthew 6:14-15)

So again, if we are hardhearted, if we are not merciful, then we won't receive mercy. It is a living Law that we have got to learn now, because we are going to have to apply this living Law in the world tomorrow. We are going to have to teach others. So, there is a mercy extending across the earth. Go over to Matthew 7:1 where it says:

"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again." (Matthew 7:1-2)

Again, it's following the same thinking, the same mindset that is there. It is a living Law, that quite frankly, people even make a philosophy out of it; you've heard of Karma - if you go over in the Oriental areas this Karma, whatever you do is kind of reflected back on you again. I don't know an awful lot about it, but that's about as much as I know. It is a case that whatever you do will reflect back on you. It is something that they have noticed, the pagans have noticed. They have noticed that this living Law actually exists within the natural world, within the mental, within the spiritual world. This living Law exists as Matthew 7:2 says:

"For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again." (Matthew 7:2)

If you forgive men their trespasses, then you will be forgiven. If you don't, then you won't. It is a living Law. "Blessed are the merciful: [Why?] for they shall obtain mercy." (Matthew 5:7) So, if we want to obtain mercy, we had better be merciful. We need to be thinking along those lines.

It's interesting, if you turn over to Psalm 18:25. If there is a place where Christ is probably quoting from, you would find it here. And it's an interesting Psalm, here it says:

"With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward." (Psalm 18:25-26)

In other words, if people are going against you, then you will show yourself against them. It is this principle, these ideas that really are being brought out within this Psalm. It's interesting again, if you turn back to II Samuel 22:26, you will find the same Psalm written out virtually, almost word for word, certainly, large sections of it are word for word. It is an interesting analysis, an interesting point, that we can note in here because it says:

"With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright. With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury. And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down. For thou art my lamp, O [Eternal]: and the [Eternal] will lighten my darkness." (II Samuel 22:26-29)

Now I just wonder at this time, whether this was something David himself had to learn, that to receive mercy, he would have to be merciful? It is part of all of our lessons. Every single one of us have got to learn this. It's part of all of us, that we need to make sure that we do learn this. The reason I say that is; if you notice in II Samuel 22:1 it says:

"And David spake unto the [Eternal] the words of this song in the day that the [Eternal] had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:" (II Samuel 22:1)

So, I wonder whether in fact it was a case that he had obtained mercy. Perhaps he had shown mercy, and perhaps he was just starting these spiritual qualities that we have to learn. King David is going to be there in the world tomorrow. He is going to have to administer God's Law in the righteous way that is necessary. I just wonder whether this man, after God's own heart, whether he had to come to learn that to obtain mercy he would have to be merciful. And then he had rest, he obtained the mercy. He obtained the mercy of rest at that time.

Christ goes into this particular aspect; if you go back to Matthew 18:23, here there is a parable that is given that is well known outside in the world. It is something that we also need to make sure that we keep in mind, it says:

"Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents." (Matthew 18:23-24)

Now ten thousand talents, I sat down and did a little bit of working out. It says here, a talent is 750 ounces of silver; I thought, okay, well what is an ounce of silver these days? Well it's around about 33 dollars an ounce. So, you work it out. That's 750 x 33 x 10,000. It's a lot! It comes out at around about 250 million dollars, 250 million dollars, based on the current price of silver. Matthew 18:25:

"But forasmuch as he had not to pay [andI don't imagine he could have that much to pay!], his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion [He was merciful], and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence..." (Matthew 18:25-28)

Now again, the margin talks about the pence; the Roman penny is the eighth part of an ounce. So, it's an eighth part of an ounce times 33 x 100. That works out at around about 400 dollars. So, here is one debt which is around about 250 million, and the other one is 400 dollars. Now 400 dollars is still quite a sizeable amount to anybody that hasn't got it, but it's nothing like 250 million, absolutely nothing. Matthew 18:28:

"...and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all." (Matthew 18:28-29)

You know the rest of it; but it is a fact, to obtain mercy, we have got to be merciful. This example that Christ gave illustrates it with this enormous debt, using current prices of 250 million dollars on one side, against 400 dollars on the other. So, if you can't be merciful on the 400 dollars, how are YOU expecting mercy on the 250 million?

We are approaching Passover. We are approaching Passover and we get on our knees and we go ahead and we wash each others feet. Do we have the mercy towards each other? Or, do we in fact have a mental attitude which is anything else but merciful? So again, as we approach the Passover, we look at what we are repenting to and the fact that we are serving the Living God, and serving Him by a new and living way. That new and living way being the very mental attitude that He has, that same kind of mind that He has. This idea, this concept of mercy is absolutely vital. Turn back to Micah 6:6:

"Wherewith shall I come before the [Eternal], and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?" (Micah 6:6)

A calf of a year old is about what? 500 pounds or something like that? Worth seven or eight hundred dollars? Maybe more money, maybe a thousand dollars or something like that.

"Will the [Eternal] be pleased with thousands of rams [you're up into the thousand times, say it's 2000 rams and you've got about 50 pounds a ram, so that's a 100,000 pounds so, 150,000 dollars], or with ten thousands of rivers of oil [incalculable, rivers of oil, how much is that going to cost? The only people who have rivers of oil are Saudi Arabia these days, he's talking presumably about olive oil]? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? [That is totally incalculable, nothing could pay for that] He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the [Eternal] require of thee [three things He requires of you], but to do justly [hunger and thirst after righteousness, doing justly, doing what is right], and to love mercy [what we are talking about], and to walk humbly [be humble so we may walk with God; the poor in spirit] with thy God?" (Micah 6:7-8)

These three areas are the areas that are mentioned. Specifically, the thing that is vital, is the mercy, right in the middle of these areas. There are so many scriptures that we could read. You can read what Christ said to Moses when he said; "...shew me thy glory...[He showed him His glory with the hind part and put His hand out and put him in the cleft of a rock]...I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy." (Exodus 33:18-19). He was expressing His glory with His mercy. He was a merciful and forgiving and a loving God, that is His glory. The glory is that He is a loving God, He is a loving, merciful, heavenly Father. It says here in Psalm 103:8:

"The [Eternal] is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy." (Psalm 103:8)

Now, whether you're talking about Christ or you are talking about the Father, you are talking about the same character; and therefore, the same character has got to be in us also. It says; "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." (Matthew 5:7). We have got to be the same as our Father in heaven and the same as our elder Brother.

"The [Eternal] is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us." (Psalm 103:8-12)

When we come and approach the Passover, this area of mercy is a vital area because we are asking for mercy. We are asking for the sacrifice of Christ to be applied on our behalf and therefore the first thing we have to do is get on our knees and wash each others feet to get the right frame of mind, the attitude of mind. Psalm 103:12:

"As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the [Eternal] pitieth them that fear him." (Psalm 103:13)

It is a question we need to ask ourselves? Are we merciful, but loving, and loving in the right way? I don't mean when I say loving - you can think of merciful as just giving all the time to the detriment of the person being given to. I'm not talking about that at all. As parents, are we merciful with our children? It doesn't mean just condoning the sin, because God doesn't condone the sin at all, in any way. But are we merciful? Do we recognize that we need to be merciful with our children at the same time as being loving? Loving sometimes means a spanking. But being loving, when it needs to be applied. But with our children, we need to be merciful, even when our children have grown up. Just think back to the time when we were at the same stage of growth and age as they were, and what were we like? It's easy for us to think of children only as youngsters, babes in arms. That's not the case. It's as they grow up as well. We, as grandparents. We still have to be merciful towards them. Psalm 103:13:

"Like as a father pitieth his children, so the [Eternal] pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the [Eternal] is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;" (Psalm 103:13-17)

It is a vital area of our life. It is a vital area of the Beatitudes, the fact that we are merciful, it says; "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall [indeed] obtain mercy." (Matthew 5:7).

Blessed Are The Pure in Heart (PLAY FROM 25:13)

Let's go back then to Matthew 5:8 and the next one:

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

Notice, He is talking now to the disciples, to the students. He is opening His mouth and He is teaching them the saying; "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." (Matthew 5:8). These students are eventually going to see God. They are going to actually be standing in the presence of God the Father. If we are going to be the students, then one of the characteristics we need is to have a purity in heart. Now if we turn over to Psalm 24:4, we will find a very interesting Psalm again and it says:

"He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully." (Psalm 24:4)

But I want you to notice the context of that verse particularly; Psalm 24:1:

"The earth is the [Eternal's], and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the [Eternal]? or who shall stand in his holy place?" (Psalm 24:1-3)

Now notice what it says; who will stand in His Holy place? "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." (Matthew 5:8). They will stand in His holy place, in the actual true Holy of Holies, the very presence of God, Himself. Psalm 24:3:

"Who shall ascend into the hill of the [Eternal]? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart..." (Psalm 24:3-4)

Clean hands – he's not sinning; and a pure heart which is what is being addressed here. It's interesting also; "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." (Matthew 5:8). It's not just a case of seeing the Eternal God. It's also seeing God in themselves, seeing God in their own actions, in what they do. That they can also see this hand of God, this Spirit of God, this mind and character of God in what they are like. If their/our heart is pure, as it needs to be, then not only we see God ultimately as it says; but also we will see that same character being reflected in ourselves, in what we do. Psalm 24:4:

"He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the [Eternal], and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O [God of Jacob, as the margin says]. Selah [they are looking for the face of God, to actually stand in the presence of God; Selah – think about that, pause and think about it, pause in the music of the Psalm and think about what has actually been said]. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in." (Psalm 24:4-7)

Again, we are looking at the context being the Kingdom of God; yes but also, it is God's mind that will be in us; that's the dwelling place of God's Spirit.

"Who is this King of glory? The [Eternal] strong and mighty, the [Eternal] mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The [Eternal] of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah." (Psalm 24:8-10)

Now think about that, as I say; "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." (Matthew 5:8). They will actually see Christ as He is; with His face radiating power, with His hair white as wool, glowing hands. They will see that, and they will also see themselves in the same state, in the same way. You can also see God as far as the character is concerned. The same character that Christ had within the various individuals that are pure in heart. We will come on and see a bit more about that.

Notice over in Isaiah 33:14 and remember what we find so often in Isaiah, is that when it is talking about Zion, it is talking about the Church, the dwelling place of God. Jerusalem is the surrounding area, and Israel is the House of Israel, the people in which we find ourselves:

"The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us [hypocrites say one thing and mean another, the heart isn't pure, the heart is going in two directions at once] shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;" (Isaiah 33:14-15)

Now is that done purely by going down one after another and ticking each one of these boxes off? That's not what's being talked about. It is talking about a pure heart. A heart that is going in the direction of God. A heart that is naturally doing the things that you find in verse 15. Isaiah 33:16:

"He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks [or the stronghold of Selah]: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure [he will be looked after as far as God is concerned]. Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off." (Isaiah 33:16-17)

In the very Kingdom of God, the very world tomorrow and the King in His beauty in His full glorified state. The pure in heart, the one that would reflect what we find in Isaiah 33:15, will ultimately see God. Not just see Him in a toned-down version, but see Him in full glory. The way He is, the actual way in which He manifests Himself, and will do so for eternity. Turn over to Titus 1:15. Now when we look at this pure in heart, the purity of heart. Notice what it says here:

"Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled [you are either pure or you are not, if you are defiled you are defiled]. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. But speak thou the things which become sound [teaching]:" (Titus 1:15-16,2:1)

So, Paul is saying to Titus; "But speak thou the things which become sound [teaching]:" (Titus 2:1). But it says; "...but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate." (Titus 1:16). In the context of having a purity, and a purity of mind and conscience and heart.

If we turn back to Matthew 12:33, we find here Christ addressing the Pharisees. It's interesting, remember Christ said; "...except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:20). Here it says:

"Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit [what is coming out of the mouth, out of the actions which we just read; "Unto the pure all things are pure..." (Titus:1:15)]. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." (Matthew 12:33-34)

So, you can't change what comes out of our mouth, if we've got a problem with our tongue running off, and we are saying things that we shouldn't be saying, whether it be swearing, being caustic, whatever. You don't change that by just watching your words. You change that by changing your heart. Because to the pure, all things are pure. It's the pure of heart that will see God.

"O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." (Matthew 12:34-37)

That really should speak greatly to each and every one of us. We have got to be, not just careful in what we say, but get the tree right. Get the conversion right. It's conversion. You can't stop a word slipping out in a wrong way except that you actually become converted. You become pure in heart, it's a purity of heart that is so vitally important.

Let's turn over to Hebrews 4:9 I want to ask a question regarding two scriptures that we find. One is here and the other one is over in John 14. I want to say; "How can these two scriptures be reconciled?" How do you reconcile what it says in these two areas? Let's read a little bit of the context it says:

"There remaineth therefore a rest [or a Sabbatismos] to the people of God [it's not a Sabbath on the weekly basis, it's looking forward to the Sabbatismos rest in the future, the Kingdom of God]. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. [it does give the clear indication that the Sabbath is to be kept; there is no question about that]. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is [living, alive], and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." (Hebrews 4:9-13)

So, it's not just looking at the Word of God in a physical sense, these words that we are reading. It's talking about the mind that is behind those words, which is the Mind of Christ. That mind is living, it's quick, it's powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword. It goes right to the very thoughts and intents of the heart. That's the mind; that's the word. That is the application of the Word of God; how we understand the various Laws of God today. It is by their intent and thoughts of the heart.

"Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight [a personal relationship that we have with this Living Word, which is Jesus Christ, Himself]: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is [through the heavens, is a better translation], Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin [Christ was tempted in all points as we are, and yet without sin, with every kind of feeling and experience that He is talking about]. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:13-16)

This is what the Passover is all about. We go to the Passover to reassess our repentance; to reassess our frame of mind to accept the sacrifice of Christ which is given for sin of all kinds – physical sin, spiritual sin, of all kinds. And before that, we get on our knees and wash each others feet as a symbol of the frame of mind that we have got to get into; but we have examined ourselves before that, and it is the repentance. It is turning from our way to this Living Way, and understanding that Christ was able to do that. It's not a case of turning He was; "...the way, the truth, and the life..." (John 14:6). Yet in that way He was also tested in all points, tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Now, I want you to keep that in mind, and keeping that in mind turn back to John 14:30. So, He was tempted in all points as we are, and yet without sin. Yet here we find a scripture that says:

"Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me." (John 14:30)

There is nothing in Him which is Satanic. How can He be tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin and yet, Satan had nothing in Him. How can that be the case? How can you equate the two scriptures together? What in fact, is the situation, and I think the way in which we understand this particular scripture of John 14:30, I want you to notice the context of this scripture found in John 15:1 It says:

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he [prunes] it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are [pruned, Strong's G2513, katharos as catheter, to drain away; you are cleaned] through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide [notice, abide] in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me." (John 15:1-4)

You have got to be stuck onto that vine. Now here is this individual saying; "The prince of this world comes and he has nothing in me. He says to us, "Look, I am the true vine, you are the branches. You have got to be rooted in me. You have got to be stuck onto me. What is in me which has nothing of the prince of this world, then flows through you." What is He? Pure in heart, what is in Him is pure. Again, you can tie it across notice to John 14:23:

"Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me." (John 14:23-24)

So, this is the Mind of God that is being talked about. So, here in John 15:4:

"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do [absolutely] nothing." (John 15:4-5)

So, we are plugged into the vine. We understand that principle. We have to be plugged into the vine in order to bring forth fruit. It's interesting, that here in John 3:34, it's John the Baptist talking, it says:

"For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him." (John 3:34)

The word Spirit and breath are interchangeable. So, He speaks the Word of God, for God gives not the breath of God by measure unto Him, but from His breath comes the words. Remember what we read. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.

Here, if we go back to John 14 and 15, we find here that we have got to be plugged into the vine with that same Spirit; because the whole context of this particular passage is the Spirit of God. So, when we are looking at; "Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me." (John 14:30). It is in the context of the Spirit of God, that's the context. The context of us being plugged into the vine, being able to produce fruit, by having the same Spirit coming through us, and expressed through our mouth and the purity of heart that has got to be there. I want you to notice if there is an answer to this question, is found in the beginning of this section. Notice in John 14:15:

"If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter [Strong's G3875, Parakletos, another One called to the side], that he may abide with you for ever;" (John 14:15-16)

That Spirit, that breath, will be with us forever, from the point of our baptism right through into eternity. When I'm counselling people for baptism, I stress this point, that the decision that you are making, the turning that you have decided to do, the turning from your own way, to God's Way, is in everything and it is forever! There is no turning back at all. It's not just a case until the end of your life, it is for eternity. It is that you have chosen this Way, this Mindset, this frame of Mind from this point forward. This is why we need to count the cost. John 14:16:

"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you [notice], and shall be in you." (John 14:16-17)

Now, what did Christ say? "...for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me." (John 14:30). Was he with Him? You bet he was with Him, he was trying to attack Him on every opportunity that he possibly could. But he never got in, he never got in! His basic direction, the controlling heart of Jesus Christ was always God centered. Always! It never changed. He was pure in heart. He was filled with God's Spirit without measure, and it never got in.

Was He tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin? You betcha! Absolutely. But it was on the outside. It was the same as these carnal individuals had the Spirit of God working 'with' them, but it wasn't yet 'in' them. They didn't have this relationship in the same way, it wasn't a begettal in the same way. You look at the way they were behaving; they behaved in a carnal way.

Now, when we are initially converted, we are initially probably 99 percent carnal and then that has got to change over time until we eventually become pure in heart. Now will we ever get there, 100 percent? According to the apostle Paul, it is doubtful, you read this in Romans 7. But with repentance, we can go before God and ask for our sins to be covered by the blood of Christ, and at that point, we are sinless before God because the blood has covered our sins. It doesn't mean to say we haven't had any sins. We don't say we haven't had them, but we are able to present ourselves before God in that sinless state.

This scripture, John 14:17 really explains the problem. Satan was with Him as often as he possibly could, but he wasn't IN Him. He wasn't controlling Him, he didn't have a foothold in the same way that he does with us to a far greater degree, quite frankly.

Let's take some examples: What happens in today's society? Mr Armstrong made the comment that in today's society there are more opportunities to sin, and there are. What happens? Why did he say that? Because, you've got magazines, because you've got radio, because you've got television, because you've got all the various paraphernalia, computers these days, and the internet. What happens on the television when you are watching a movie or a DVD or something like that? What are the people trying to do with your mind? Are they trying to take it and twist it and bend it to their own direction? Is that what they are trying to do? Are they succeeding in making you think in a way of murder? Is that the way that we think? Do we think along the lines of murder or pride or adultery or greed or fear?

What happened as far as Christ was concerned? When Christ was going around at that time, He didn't have a TV to contend with. There wasn't a television or movie picture or whatever else that we have today. Did He have other individuals around Him? Yes. Everybody around Him apart from John the Baptist, which He didn't have a great deal to do with, was a carnal individual. So, the stories that were being told were not necessarily the right kind of stories. But they were always on the outside, He never let them get into Him to actually corrupt His heart and core. He was without sin, completely, totally, utterly.

"The prince of this world comes and he has nothing in me." There is no part of him in His core. In His core, His heart, He is pure in heart, totally pure in heart. He would have parables and stories and He would have to make sure that those parables and stories stayed on the outside; that they didn't get in and effect His outlook on life, because the chances are they were carnal in nature.

Let's take crucifixion, let's take fear. He probably saw people crucified because that was a common punishment and people died around the area and He would have witnessed this. Do you think that the fear couldn't have got in? Any self-respecting individual would start dwelling on what he had actually seen? He had to keep that on the outside and keep His mind focused on the job at hand; focused on what the Spirit of God was leading Him to, and not allow that fear to get in.

So, do you think Christ was tempted in all points? You had better believe He was tempted in all points, but without sin - which never got into Him. The mind of Satan did not replace the Spirit of God. The spirit of Satan did not replace the Spirit of God. That's the difference. That is where we unfortunately fail too often. Turn over to II Corinthians 3:14:

"But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart." (II Corinthians 3:14-15)

They can't see because the heart is going in a completely different direction. It's not the spiritual direction. You see, it's the Spirit of God that gave those Old Testament scriptures. To understand what they really have to say, you've got to have the Spirit of God. II Corinthians 3:16:

"Nevertheless when [if, that heart] it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away [then you start to understand because you are seeing it with eyes, the same as the eyes that actually wrote it in the first place]. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." (II Corinthians 3:16-18)

In other words, you are standing in front of a mirror, you see this reflection in the glass, which initially looks like you - looks like you as a carnal, fleshly human being. But day by day as you look in that mirror that should be changing into the image of a God Being. An image, the same kind of Being as Jesus Christ. To change into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord, because the heart is being made pure. It is being converted. Converted into a purity. II Corinthians 4:1:

"Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully..." (II Corinthians 4:1-2)

Which is the way you would handle it as a carnal-minded individual. You would handle the Word of God deceitfully. You would try and twist it to mean what you feel it means. Whereas, you don't do that. You listen and you put yourself under it. II Corinthians 4:2:

"...but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God." (II Corinthians 4:2)

Understanding that whatever application that we make of that Word, we are doing it in the sight of God. God the One who is watching all the time. Therefore, as we manifest it to every man's conscience, we do so under God's scrutiny. II Corinthians 4:3:

"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost [they have no concept of this]: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." (II Corinthians 4:3-4)

Referring back to this fact that "in open face the beholding of the glass, the glory of the Lord. This light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God could shine unto them." Understanding the very Word of God is a conversion process to the very image of God. II Corinthians 4:5:

"For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ [again, referring back to this image that's in the glass]. But we have this treasure [this ministry] in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;" (II Corinthians 4:5-8)

In other words, it's on the outside. The trouble on every side is on the outside. It doesn't get inside and distress, because we are troubled on every side, and this is the way Christ handled it. He was troubled on every side. He was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin. He didn't allow it to get on the inside. On the inside He was not distressed. We are perplexed, we don't always understand everything that goes on; "[Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani], why hast thou forsaken me?..." (Psalm 22:1). But it was more than that, the chances are He was saying it and meaning it, because God the Father turned His back on Him. Even that was on the outside, it was never allowed to get inside. Never allowed to destroy the core, the controlling heart that was there. II Corinthians 4:9:

"Persecuted, but not forsaken [He didn't allow it to get inside]; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus [we recognize at Passover, the fact that Christ's blood covers the sin], that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body." (II Corinthians 4:9-10)

So that we live a life which reflects a Living Christ. What was the Christ? The very word Christ means the Anointed One, that's what it means. So, the Anointed One, anointed with the very Spirit of God without measure, pure in heart, fulfilled with the Spirit of God, to the point that Satan had nothing in Him. Anything that was being tempted was on the outside. That's the aim, that is the focal point that we are looking for, that is what we are aiming towards. Unfortunately, as we find as we turn over to Romans 7:12 it doesn't always work that way. Even the apostle Paul was struggling. And we struggle, in fact, we fail, we do fail in that quest. Here it says:

"Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good [he was able to look in the Old Testament and the veil has been removed, he can read the Old Testament to its spiritual intent, and understand it to its spiritual intent]. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by [notice, death in me] that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful." (Romans 7:12-13)

"That I really may get to grips with it, I really may understand it". And as we approach the Passover, we need to analyze ourselves, analyze our repentance and our turning and how fully we have turned. Romans 7:14:

"For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin [naturally, that is all we are, we are fleshly]. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good." (Romans 7:14-16)

I acknowledge the Law. I realize, as Mr Armstrong said - I want to use the wording he used, Mr Armstrong said:

"...I am agreed with God and with Christ the Head of the Church..." 'Reports About Garner Ted False'

He agreed with God. He always agreed with God. He never changed his agreement. The fact is, sometimes these things come along and they actually got in there, and they shouldn't have got in there. Romans 7:15:

"For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me." (Romans 7:15-17)

'I' have become the converted one. The 'I', what I am, is being converted, is in the process of being converted. Sin is still dwelling in me. Sin is still there. I have still got weaknesses, I still haven't overcome every single aspect that is necessary. But with Christ, He was filled with the Spirit of God. There was no other spirit in there. It was all on the outside. He didn't allow it in. It never, ever got hold. He was without sin and that is the standard to which we aim. Romans 7:18:

"For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not [I want to go the right way, but I don't always perform the right way]. For the good that I would [I want to] I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me." (Romans 7:19-20)

In other words, the 'I' has become converted, the 'I' has wanted to go in that right direction. It is not the case that the heart is rebellious against God, that is not what he is talking about at all. Romans 7:21:

"I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord [he knew, the ellipsis is; He - Christ - will deliver him from the body of this death]. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." (Romans 7:21-8:1)

They are walking after the same Spirit that was in Christ, where He said that Satan had nothing in Him. There is a bit that is converted that is within us. It is the bit that we want to grow, that we want to develop, that we want. Not the bit that is still going in the wrong direction. Romans 8:2:

"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be [filled to the brim] in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." (Romans 8:2-4)

The aim is to be walking after the Spirit and that is what we, as converted individuals are doing. That is the direction in which we want to go. This area that we find sin still exists, we can go to Jesus Christ and go to God the Father and apply the blood of Jesus Christ to cover those sins. That mindset that still bothers us, that still gets in there. But the aim must never change. You don't change one ten millionth of an inch from that aim. The aim is to be like Christ; have the mind of Christ. With Christ, there was nothing of that in Him. It was all on the outside, because He was without sin. Romans 8:5:

"For they that are after the flesh do [set their minds on] the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit [set their minds on the, ellipsis again] things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity [hostile] against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." (Romans 8:5-7)

Our minds should be converted. It should have converted away from that carnal mind. It is no longer a carnal mind that is there. But the problem is, this outside, this world outside, the TV for instance; what is the TV or the radio, or the DVD, or the film, you have been watching trying to do? What's it trying to put across? Let's say it's an action film that we are watching, the chances are, what normally happens is, the action film goes down and the 'baddies' become exceeding bad, then it goes down, until eventually when they get their comeuppance at the end, you say; "Yeah, that's exactly what should happen to them!" This murderous mind has got inside. It's no longer outside, it's inside, and there's your problem! That's your problem. Once you allow that frame of mind to move from the outside to the inside, you become murderous. You and I then, we want to kill, we want to murder, we want to destroy, and Satan has got in there.

What about our dress? What kind of dress? You see the catwalk. Why is it called a catwalk? Have you ever seen a cat who has had the cream walking somewhere? It is filled with pride and arrogance and everything else. If you get this certain dress on and you mince your way down, you ladies (and not you men) you mince your way down in town or wherever, then what kind of mindset is there? What has happened? The actual fashion world has then, not just on the outside, it's got inside because of the way you walk; in very high heels, very tight skirts, showing too much of what you shouldn't be showing. Make-up is the same way. It's the mindset that actually gets in you. It's been decided by Mr Armstrong that you can't do anything else but get that mindset in there.

You can examine so many of these areas. The classic one is the DVD, as the TV, as the action film whereby you can see how they actually play with your emotions, play with your mind and do it deliberately. They make the 'baddies; super-bad and they make the 'baddies' super bad so that you allow that feeling of murder, revenge, of justice and righteously go in there, and lop off somebody's head. Again, it's got in there and it's done that deliberately. This is what Paul found in his day without a DVD, without a TV, without a film. He still found this problem. He still found he had problems within himself.

Christ would have had problems with fear. But He kept it on the outside. You can't walk past somebody who is being crucified, in the process of, knowing that your end is going to be crucifixion. Can you keep the fear outside? That's what He had to do. He had to focus His mind on what in fact, God had said. The promises that were made and why in fact He was there, and make sure that He was led by the Spirit of God completely. Never once did He allow that fear to get inside and affect Him, not once. Because if He had, He would have sinned, He would have been going against the will of God; going against the mind and the direction that God was wanting Him to go.

If we turn over to James 1:5. We're not going to read all of James, but we will just pick it up here. Because these pure in heart, they are going to see God. They will see God, yes, in the future, face to face, the glorified Christ, and finally God, the Father as well. They also will see God in that mirror as it mentions over in II Corinthians 3:18. Day by day, they will be changing into the same image by the Spirit of God. Here it says:

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God [talking about lacking wisdom; having just told us to count it all joy when you fall into different trials, if you lack wisdom and you don't really understand why this particular trial is the way it is, and what you are supposed to learn out of this particular trial, then you go and ask God], that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." (James 1:5)

The understanding and wisdom will be given so you can understand and give you more help when going through that trial. James 1:6:

"But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering [the faith remains, the way in which you are going, the direction you are going remains stalwart]. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." (James 1:6-8)

If you are trying to go two directions at once, it is like the old story; about the donkey that got between two bales of hay and starved to death, because his mind was going in two directions at once. He couldn't make the decision which way he was going to go; which bale of hay he was going to take a bite out of, so he stood there and he starved to death because his mind was going in two different directions at once. "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." (James 1:8). He goes and elaborates on that in James 3:7 it says:

"For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison." (James 3:7-8)

Now notice what it says. No man can tame the tongue. Why? Because he requires a change; "...for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." (Matthew 12:34). It requires a change of heart and no man can change the heart, God changes the heart. It is; "...the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us." (Romans 5:5). James 3:9:

"But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be." (James 3:8-10)

In other words, the breath coming out is going in two different directions at once. The spirit is not pure, it is trying to do two things at once. Christ was able to say, as far as Satan was concerned he; "...hath nothing in me." (John 14:30). But we don't. Why? Because we've got two different spirits in there. One is the Holy Spirit and the other is the breath of Satan, quite frankly. James 3:11:

"Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh." (James 3:11-12)

In other words, the source is always consistent. You make the tree good and then the fruit will be good. If the source is always consistent and if it's the same tree, you will always get the same fruit. If the fruit has changed, then the tree has changed.

What does Christ say? He says; "I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman." (John 15:1). You plug yourself into that vine and the fruit that comes out of our mouth, and the fruit that comes out of the actions that we have is consistent. It's coming out of an individual that says of Satan; "...hath nothing in me." (John 14:30). He was on the outside, he was with Him, but he wasn't in Him. The same was with the disciples initially; the Holy Spirit was with them, but it wasn't yet in them. James 3:13:

"Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good [conduct] his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth." (James 3:13-14)

So that strife is in the heart. What is it? It's pure in heart. They are the ones that will see God. They are ones that will see God in the future, the Father; will see God and a glorified Jesus Christ, and they should be seeing God on a day by day basis as we are transformed into the same image, those three areas. James 3:15:

"This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure..." (James 3:15-17)

The pure in heart; "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." (Matthew 5:8). The wisdom from above is first pure], In James 4:6 it says:

"But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners [if you are sinning, you stop sinning, you wash your hands; but He also says]; and purify your hearts, ye double minded." (James 4:6-8)

So, all of us are double minded to some degree. Part of the examination of the pure in heart; "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." (Matthew 5:8). You go to God and ask Him to clean up the inside. Get the tree right and this is how it's done, James 4:8:

"...purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." (James 4:8-10)

Again, we are going back to; "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:3). Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up. The poor in Spirit is the starting point. Going before God and asking for His help; going before God and realizing the great difference between us, is the very starting point.

I think with that, we will leave it and we will finish off, hopefully, the Beatitudes next time.