Jesus' first teaching to the crowd was: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven", a "beatitude" or blessing is a benefit or favor bestowed upon a person by God. Here it means when a person gets to the place where they realize they are spiritually empty, unable to deal with their sin, that God can step in and cleanse their soul. That is a great place to be- on spiritual empty and knowing that you need help. Isaiah 1:18 gives wonderful hope- "Though your sins are staining your soul like scarlet, they shall be washed white as snow". How can you deal with that position of spiritual poverty? Romans 3 is clear: "Righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe." We have all sinned. We all fall short of God's perfect expectation. But we can have our sins dealt with, and be accepted by God by receiving the gift offered by God; Christ's shed blood and death on the cross as a payment for our sin. As Romans 3:25 recommends, put your faith in the blood of Jesus shed for you. Then, as the Sermon on the Mount says in Matthews 5:3, you will be blessed with the kingdom of heaven.
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