The Pure In Heart

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” – Matthew‬ ‭5:8‬

The Beatitudes might be Jesus’ most famous sermon. This sermon has astounded scholars for centuries. Our children will read this sermon, our children’s children, and so on. Why? Because, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” Here we are in 2020, quoting the living words of Jesus. How incredible is our Lord?

I want to unpack a statement Jesus made in this sermon. He said:

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” – Matthew‬ ‭5:8‬

“Blessed” in Greek is makairos, an adjective, meaning blessed, or happy.

This person is blessed, or happy, from receiving God’s saving grace, obeying God’s word, and walking in newness of life. They are in a right-relationship with God. They have repented, and continue to repent. They have been regenerated, reconciled, redeemed, forgiven, therefore they obey God from a pure heart. What greater happiness is there than being brought into relationship with God? What does earth offer that compares to truly knowing Him?

“Pure in heart” in Greek is katharos, an adjective describing a person who’s heart is clean. A quick online word study reveals this:

katharós properly, “without admixture” hence, clean, without undesirable elements, spiritually clean, purged, purified by God. For example: free from the contaminating (soiling) influences of sin.

So, in other words, a person who’s heart is regenerated by God, and not mixed with sin and worldly loyalties. This is the blessed person Jesus speaks of in this text.

All believers still have indwelling sin, but the true believer seeks to put to death this sin by the power of the Holy Spirit. The true believer is sensitive to the sin that dishonors God. True believers will not make peace with sin. The true believer can relate to what Charles Spurgeon said regarding sin:

“If Christ has died for me, ungodly as I am, without strength as I am, then I cannot live in sin any longer. I must arouse myself to love and serve Him who has redeemed me. I cannot trifle with the evil that killed my best Friend. I must be holy for His sake. How can I live in sin when He has died to save me from it?”

How can we embrace sin, when God rejects it? How can we look upon sin, when God does not? How can we love that which God hates?

Believer’s have a clean heart, and they do not share the loyalties of their heart with the world or with sin. They are willing to lay down anything for the sake of knowing Christ. Because He is their ultimate treasure. This undivided, clean heart is what produces the greatest happiness.

We are designed to value God above all else. We are designed to have loyalties to Him and Him alone. So, when we are in that right-relationship with Him is when we are truly fulfilled, satisfied, and ultimately happy.

Happy is the regenerated person, willing to lay down everything, including their own life, for the sake of knowing and obeying Jesus. These people will see God.

So, we all must ask ourselves, is my heart divided? Have I allowed sin to share a portion of my heart? Will I see God? These may be the most important questions anyone can ask themselves.

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