by Jay O'Toole
The Lord doesn't always speak in an audible voice, but often in nudges, moving the heart.
Continuing the topic of the beatitudes, let's look at the next three in line.
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 the children of God.
Explain what these three verses mean to you.
"Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy."
Mercy is the acquittal of punishment for someone, who is legally guilty, and for whom the guilt is beyond any form of reasonable doubt.
This verse could be rendered according to this paraphrase. "Greatly honored is he, who forgives completely everyone, who has standing guilt against him, who has ever wronged him in any way, and who has debt associated with these wrongs on any level, the debt of which has been legally forgotten in every way, never to be mentioned from the mouth ever, again. Those, who forgive in this manner will be forgiven in this self-same manner."
"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."
Purity means the state of being untainted, uncorrupted, and unchanged in any way from the original state of the item or person in question.
The Lord is pure in His Holiness as well as in every other characteristic of His Person.
The state of holiness is either HOLY or it is no longer Holy, it is sinful and corrupt.
The state of purity is either PURE or it is no longer Pure, it is damaged, it is corrupt.
Gold is pure when only gold exists in the nugget.
Silver is pure when silver alone exists in this piece of precious metal.
If we look at the human heart in all honesty, then we must confess, that the "pure human heart" is an oxymoron. It's impossible. Humans cannot have pure, untainted, morally-upright hearts in their own strength and abilities. However, humans, who have been transformed by the purity of Jesus Christ in His strength, in His Absoluteness of Goodness, in His strength and ability, have been given pure hearts as a gift from Another.
Therefore, this verse may be paraphrased in the following way. "Greatly honored are those, whose hearts are now single, unified, and morally whole by virtue of the gift of Salvation from Jesus Christ. These are the ones, who in the purity of The Christ, now have the ability to see God in complete peace."
"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Peacemakers are those, who walk into an environment of discord, disharmony, disunity, and active wrath between parties, staying there long enough to have the end result of peace and love between all parties.
Peacemakers have the ability to stop the fires and animosity in the major cities of the United States, restoring compassion and harmony from the heart between all individuals, for all individuals.
Peacemakers have the ability to create a state of love between Democrats and Republicans.
Peacemakers have the ability to draw angry people away from believing their lies into embracing the Truth with their whole hearts.
Peacemakers have the ability to create an environment of peace the world over. This is Peace, that lasts throughout all Time and Eternity.
As you have probably guessed by now, there is Only One, Who can achieve this level of Peace on Earth. His Name is Jesus of Nazareth, HIStory's Only Christ. When He returns in the flesh to establish His Kingdom from His Throne in Jerusalem, there will be universal Peace for the better part of 1000 years.
For now, people, who labor in the direction of this kind of Peace bear the titles of being Christlike and peacemakers.
May the Lord make each of us merciful, and pure peacemakers by virtue of Salvation in Jesus, the Christ.
by Jay O'Toole
on March 3rd, 2021