The Beatitudes, Part VII

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Matthew 5:10-12

We will finish looking at the Beatitudes with the conclusion of the matter: “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

This verse sums it all up.  No matter what may happen to us, we can be confident that, if we are reviled, looked down upon, made fun of, persecuted, or rejected, our reward in Heaven is “great.”  We can do all of the things mentioned in the Beatitudes: we can be poor in spirit: we can mourn, we can be meek, we can hunger and thirst after righteousness, we can have mercy, we can be pure in heart, we can be peacemakers, and we can take persecution for His name.  We can do all of these things for two reasons.

The first reason is our reward.  We can endure a lot of things for a “reward” here on earth.  We can endure a lot of unpleasantness in anticipation of a paycheck at the end of the week.  Can you imagine how much greater than a mere earthly reward our reward in Heaven will be?

The second reason is our example.  Verse 12 tells us “for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”  If we are persecuted, we will not be the first to suffer persecution for the name of Jesus.  Think of all that Jesus endured for us.  Think of all of the wonderful examples that we have.

We need to keep obeying the Lord and doing what He wants.  We have great examples to follow and the promise of a great reward.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks, Ben

    The Beatitudes form part of my early memories as a new believer. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

    I’d rather have the reward that comes with following Him than to face punishment as a result of walking on my own.

    God bless you as your heart follows His.

    Blessings
    ann

    P.S. —–> 🙂 Thank you.
    My schedule has tightened up again so I may be MIA for a few weeks. I will be reading, but I may not get to comment as often as I would like.

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    • To me, the beatitudes and the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians go together as foundational truths for any Christian. If those two passages are truly lived out, what a great life one would have!

      –> I’m on it. (and I thought I was doing better this year) 🙂

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  2. I know the reward to come is greater than I can image, but even being loved by Him now and all the ways He blesses me, is so wonderful. How could we not obey Him and do what He wants? God bless you, Ben, and thanks for taking us through the beautitudes!

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