The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

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Today's Verse:


kjv@Matthew:5:1 @ And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

kjv@Matthew:5:2 @ And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

kjv@Matthew:5:3 @ Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

kjv@Matthew:5:4 @ Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.

kjv@Matthew:5:5 @ Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.

kjv@Matthew:5:6 @ Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.

kjv@Matthew:5:7 @ Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.

kjv@Matthew:5:8 @ Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.

kjv@Matthew:5:9 @ Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.

kjv@Matthew:5:10 @ Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

kjv@Matthew:5:11 @ Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

kjv@Matthew:5:12 @ Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.


Notes: This passage is fondly called the "Beatitudes". It is one part of a complete sermon given by Jesus called "Sermon on the Mount". For the context that we have already considered to be true it has to remain true throughout the next three chapters of sermon as this broad teaching is presumably what the Father is telling Him to say. It is for us the first occasion in this gospel that we have actually been able to sit down and hear a teaching direct from the lips of Jesus. Our focus during this will shift slightly as characters surrounding Jesus are doing nothing but listening to Him on the side of a hill. We will have to consider what it is all men are doing and believing of this sermon.

What is man believing/doing?:

What is man able to manufacture/project by listening to this versus what Jesus intends to reveal/project from the Father to us? This passage, being one of Jesus' most widely known and excepted teachings may be the perfect evidence. Consider that if men from a wide spectrum of beliefs and persuasions can interpret this teaching to nearly the same meaning including us Christians then the interpretation of the teaching is likely being universally manufactured/projected. The fact that so many religions and agnosticisms can fit the sermon into their own teachings is not a testament to the universal message of it, it is proof of the universal and purposeful misunderstanding of it.

We know that a multitude went up the mount that evening and the multitude came back down afterwards astounded at the authority with which Jesus taught having never heard it presented so before. What did they really understand the next day that they did not end up projecting on it themselves? How many individuals if any remained with Jesus in the understanding meant of this? For how long?

Poorness of spirit, mourning, meekness, mercifulness, purity of heart, peacemaking, righteousness, persecution, being reviled for one's belief, all these things have the meaning that we give them as do kingdom of heaven, comfort, inheritance, fulfillment, obtaining mercy, seeing God, being children of God, reward in heaven. If it all means the same thing that men of any faith can make of it what then does it mean to the spirit-filled believer of Christ's salvation hearing and obeying the direct voice of God like no time other?

What is making man to believe/do as he is doing?:

Each of the elements of the Beatitudes can be thought of as possible disconnections to the truer meaning; the overly rich and disobedient insistence upon this manufacturing spirit, the avoidance of the fuller understanding of death, the arrogance of presuming to know better than God, the unmerciful application of God's mercy, the continuing defilement of an already defiled heart, the detachment from the issues and the people suffering deepening spiritual conflict, the wrongful connection of one's own woes and self destructions to the egregious persecution of clearer hearted Spirit filled and obedient saints and martyrs.

Add to the list what the other persuasions are attempting to do with our Lord's teaching. If the entirety of Jesus' message including the deity incarnation death and resurrection and ascension can not be considered as the fuller understanding of this teaching then the astounding nature sensed by the crowd coming back down off the hill is little more than the passion Jesus gave physically in presenting it. It is no wonder that their definition of meek is to be pitifully weak and maladjusted.


At the ascension of Jesus the Holy Spirit is given believers to guide/instruct/correct/reprove/put into remembrance/gift with power as a seal of confirmation. Why would this be needed if it was all already correctly understood without HIM?

No one, not even His disciples are going to come away with the proper meaning of this sermon; not for a long time; not till the Spirit. It is then clear that Jesus in obedience is planting seed for a future time when the Holy Spirit will be able to husband the truer understanding. Another way of saying the same thing is that Jesus Himself is the understanding and is performing the understanding even though we as yet are looking for a different understanding that we can manufacture rather than for Him reveal in His person.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. What is blessed in God's eye is largely rejected and persecuted (actively or passively) in man's.
  2. The intention of being/becoming happy is universal, most see the intention as the primary goal to serve rather than the inherent outcome of serving the living God.
  3. Recall the context of man being incapable by own means to establish/maintain/advance countered by the need to rely upon the capability of God and availability of God in Christ Jesus.

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