Blessed Part 7

NKJ Matthew 5
And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Reminder:  Blessed (makarios) - supremely blessed, fortunate, well off, happy
This is an internal blessing unlike    eulogeo that means external blessing prosper

Blessed are those who are poor in spirit…. Those who are totally bankrupt before God and see their need for Him
Blessed are those who Mourn…. Those who mourn over there sins against God will be blessed
Blessed are the meek… Meekness is not weakness, it is Strength under control of the Holy Spirit
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst… Hunger and thirst are necessities for a sanctified life, and righteousness only comes from Jesus.
Blessed are the Merciful… Those who continue to see a need for God’s mercy in their lives and allow that mercy to overflow to others.
Blessed are those who are Pure In Heart… Those who have been born again…

Key verse: 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.

I. What is Peace?
John 16:33 NKJV
33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

II. What is a Peacemaker?
James 3:17–18 NKJV
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Prov 14:34 NKJV
Righteousness exalts a nation,
But sin is a reproach to any people.

Isa 57:21 NKJV
“There is no peace,”
Says my God, “for the wicked.”

Isa 26:3 NKJV
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

III. Who are the Peacemakers?
2 Cor 5:17–21
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.