Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Upon what kind of people does Christ pronounce a blessing?
Christ blesses those who are poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, peacemakers and those who are persecuted for righteousness sake.
- What is the summary of the Law of Christ?
The Law of Christ is summed up in two commands: we are commanded to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love others, including our enemies, as much as we love ourselves.
- How do we show love for God?
We show our love for God by worshipping Him alone, entrusting ourselves fully to Him, obeying Him in all things, serving Him with a pure and fervent heart, and rejoicing in His goodness and glory.
(Exodus 20:3, Proverbs 3:5, Psalm 119:4, Habakkuk 3:18)
- How do we show love for others?
We love others by doing good to them, praying for them, forgiving them and blessing them.
(Luke 6:27-28, Galatians 6:10, 1 Timothy 2:1, Mark 11:25, Romans 12:14)
- How else do we show love for others?
We love others by obeying God’s commands; we do not commit adultery in thought or deed, we do not entertain hatred in our hearts or take vengeance on those who do evil to us, we do not steal or covet, we do not lie but speak the truth and we do not take advantage of others but serve them in humility.
- What other general command did Christ give to us besides the commands to love God and others?
Christ also commanded us to love other Christians in the same way that He loves us.
- How do we show love to other Christians?
We show love to other Christians by bearing their burdens with them, weeping with those that weep, rejoicing with those that rejoice, guarding the unity of the saints through humility, patience and forgiveness, building them up in the faith by speaking the truth in love and sharing with those that are in need.
(Galatians 6:2, Romans 12:13-18, Ephesians 4:3)
- How do we walk on the road that leads to life?
We walk on the road of holiness which leads to life by obeying the commands of Jesus Christ; by the leading of the Holy Spirit we walk in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
(Matthew 7:14, 24-25, Romans 8:13-14)
- How does one walk on the road that leads to destruction?
Someone walks on the road that leads to destruction by living in disobedience to the commands of Jesus Christ; they refuse to put to death the misdeeds of the flesh, instead they walk in sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar to these things.
(Matthew 7:13, 26-27, Galatians 5:19-21)
- What will Christ say on the Last Day to those who walked in the narrow way of His commands?
On the Last Day Christ will tell those who walked in His narrow way, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy!”
- What will Christ say on the Last Day to those who walked in the wide way of rebellion?
He will announce to them, “I never knew you, depart from me, you lawbreakers!”