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The Beatitudes

This study will enable the Developing Disciple to understand exactly what God is seeking to accomplish in his or her life as HE restores the image of Jesus Christ to that life. The poor in spirit, the mourner, the meek, etc.
The word "poor" is the Greek word ptokas meaning the poorest of the poor or beggarly poor. An individual who comes to faith in Christ is made to realize they have no righteousness of their own and they desperately need HIS righteousness.
"But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." (James 4:6) As a Developing Disciple, we must learn to cooperate with the activity of God in our life. Pride and selfishness deceive us to believe our way is as good as or better than HIS way. God will resist that person, but always give grace, the desire and power to do the will of God to the humble.
There can be no consistent passionate pursuit of God and HIS truth unless we learn by the grace of God to be: poor in spirit, a mourner and meek. The grace of God must teach these foundational truths to the Developing Disciple if he or she is to consistently grow to grace.
The narrow gate is the first beatitude. "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The poor in spirit recognize their need of God's forgiveness and realize they have no righteousness of their own. Therefore, they cry out to God for mercy. "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord (Jesus Christ) shall be saved."
Great mercy is discovered by the Developing Disciple as the mercies of God are new everyday. Because God has been merciful to us, we desire to be "mercy show-ers" to others.
By cooperating with God as we journey through the beatitudes we become by the grace of God salt and light. Salt is a preservative from moral decay and light exposes darkness and reveals truth. They both bring healing to the soul.

Romans Chapters 5-6

The moment a sinner under the conviction of the Holy Spirit cries out to the Father for mercy, that sinner is born of the Spirit. The Father declares that sinner now saint to be justified. He is holy, having now received the very righteousness of Jesus Christ. This is the great exchange. We gave our sinfulness to Jesus Christ and HE bore it on the cross. HE in turn gave to us HIS righteousness and we become the sons of God.
What a person is saved spiritually they leave the kingdom of darkness and enter the kingdom of light. They leave the reign of sin as they are no longer under the guilt and condemnation of the law. They have been placed in the reign of grace. We must learn the truths of this journey into grace and faith.
We are dead to sin because 2000 years ago we died with Jesus Christ upon the cross. We died with Christ. We were buried with Christ. And, we resurrected with Jesus Christ. He now sits at the right hand of the Father and we are seated in the heavenlies as well. This is our new position. There is much to learn of our new position IN CHRIST.
Jesus Christ bore our sins on the cross 2000 years ago, God the Father judged those sins and we have been forgiven. We are to reckon or count what God has said to be true. I am dead to sin because I died to sin. I am alive to Christ because Christ lives in me. My faith is based upon the faith provided to me by Jesus Christ. No short answers to the questions about our position IN CHRIST.
The newness of life is the life of Jesus Christ in us now being manifested through us. The newness of life is poverty of spirit maturing our soul. Humility will grow as grace is embraced. Do you understand the worth of humility?
The purpose of grace is to allow the sinner now saint to overcome the strongholds of bondage that have beset them. The Developing Disciple is free to struggle, the issue is: are we struggling? We must choose to be at war with the world, the flesh and the devil.
Peter thought he was being merciful to offer forgiveness to a brother 7 times in a day. Jesus reply to that was 70 times 7 is the measure of God's forgiveness for you. Therefore, we must also be willing to forgive others to that same degree.

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