Just one of the reasons I love Nicodemus.
Poor in Spirit is a odd term that gets misused by people with social or political agendas. The best way to understand the term, Poor in Spirit, isn’t as an indicator of quantity, but rather of awareness of dependency. Someone in poor health needs the help of doctors and caregivers. Someone truly poor in wealth, not only has little, but has so little that they could not survive without the resources and grace of a community… whether civil, familial or religious.
Vengeance may be fun to contemplate, but God doesn’t approve of it. Or rather, he doesn’t of approve of us indulging in it. The reason for this is that a desire for vengeance, or at least our human concept of it, actually serves to separate us from God. It runs entirely counter to everything God is and everything he stands for. Remember, God tells us that He is love.
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“… So while I engage in a bit of idolatry by congratulating Jesus on his brilliant teaching style, let’s not forget that the content of the debate is as important as the debate itself. There are two demands that God places on us…” To learn more, chick here.
As unworthy as we are, we are loved… and as we come to the heavenly banquet… he will take us by the hand, and tell us that though we came to the lowest seat at the table in humility… yet for the sake of His love for us… and in blessing for our humility… He will raise us up to life… He will raise us up to a place of honor at the heavenly table… He will raise us up to be with Him in heaven.